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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top

A collection of country bigwigs sing the praises of The Little Ol’ Band From Texas.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Admit it: You love ZZ Top. It’s OK. Everybody loves ZZ Top. What is not to love about three guys with fuzzy beards, fuzzy guitars and a slate of fuzzy blues and boogie-rock odes to girls, guitars and cheap sunglasses?

Hell, even country singers love The Little Ol’ Band From Texas — and a bunch of ’em aren’t afraid to show it on the tribute album Sharp Dressed Men. This 15-track affair is anchored by reverent New Country boys like Lonestar (who rock out on Gimme All Your Lovin’), Brad Paisley (who twangs up the title cut) and Tracy Byrd (who sticks pretty close to home on La Grange). But the acts who fare better are the oldsters who put their own stamp on the proceedings — like Dwight Yoakam (who turns I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide into a slice of Bakersfield hillbilly choogle), Willie Nelson (who puts a country-swing sheen on She Loves My Automobile) and Bocephus (who belts out Jesus Just Left Chicago and Waitin’ For The Bus like the blue-collar redneck he is at heart). These old cats didn’t have to do it like they did, but they did — and we thank them.