The spark that lit the fire under Gibbons’ solo album came about when his friend and musical collaborator Martin “G.G.” Guigui invited him to perform at last year’s Havana Jazz Festival. Although Gibbons couldn’t attend the event, he decided to explore Cuban music and embarked on the path that led to Perfectamundo.
Produced by Gibbons and Joe Hardy, Perfectamundo was recorded in Houston, Los Angeles, Austin and Pontevedra, Spain. Work began in Gibbons’ Houston studio where the guitarist explored the possibility of recording a Latin-flavored album with Guigui.
Although Concord won’t release Perfectamundo until Nov. 6, the label shows you what the album is all about via the newly released video for “Treat Her Right.”
Billed as Billy Gibbons & The BFG’s, the band features the guitarist along with Guigui, keyboardist Mike Flanigan and percussionist Alex “Guitarzza” Garza. The group also includes two female drummers – SoZo and Melanie DiLorenzo.
“The BFG’s, is, quite simply, a stab at something we didn’t previously know to be possible,” Gibbons told Rolling Stone. “That ‘something’ was composing and creating sessions to press the limits of the unknown. ZZ Top, by definition, remains a minimalist endeavor with a very straightforward established approach which continues to serve us well. … The BFG’s, on the other hand, have now gone on to exploring some uncharted sonic and, especially, rhythmic territory within an accommodating context. Deep at the core of everything we do, either as ZZ Top or with the Perfectamundo aggregation, is the blues. That’s the diamond and we found a way to put it into a new, Afro-Cuban setting. It really does come from the same place. The prospect of taking it to Cuba in December is especially exciting should all things work out. Talk about wish fulfillment.”
Gibbons & The BFG’s begin the trek in Atlanta. After playing shows in the U.S., Gibbons and his crew will perform at this year’s Havana Jazz Festival sometime during the event’s Dec. 16-21 run.
Here are the dates:
Nov. 10 – Atlanta, Ga., Variety Playhouse
Nov. 11 – Nashville, Tenn., War Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 13 – Saint Charles, Ill., Arcada Theatre
Nov. 14 – Detroit, Mich., Scottish Rite Cathedral
Nov. 15 – Milwaukee, Wis., Pabst Theater
Nov. 17 – New York, N.Y., Town Hall
Nov. 18 – Ridgefield, Conn., Ridgefield Playhouse
Nov. 19 – Boston, Mass., The Wilbur
Nov. 21 – Stroudsburg, Pa., Sherman Theater
Nov. 23 – Washington, D.C., Lisner Auditorium
Nov. 24 – Charleston, S.C., Charleston Music Hall
Nov. 25 – Orlando, Fla., Plaza Live Orlando
Nov. 27 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Parker Playhouse
Nov. 28 – Fort Pierce, Fla., Sunrise Theatre
Nov. 29 – Saint Petersburg, Fla., The Mahaffey Theater
Dec. 1 – New Orleans, La., Orpheum Theater
Dec. 3 – Houston, Texas, Cullen Performance Hall
Dec. 4 – Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Dec. 5 – Lubbock, Texas, City Bank Auditorium
Dec. 7 – Solana Beach, Calif., Belly Up Tavern
Dec. 8 – Los Angeles, Calif., Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 9 – San Francisco, Calif., The Regency Ballroom
Dec. 11 – Portland, Ore., Revolution Hall
Dec. 12 – Aberdeen, Wash., D & R Theatre
Dec. 13 – Seattle, Wash., The Neptune
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