As Billy Gibbons prepares for the release of his forthcoming solo project, the ZZ Top guitarist has released a second Muddy Waters cover from the album, this time of “Standing Around Crying”.
Gibbons told Ultimate Classic Rock that the song’s cadence called to mind “the rhythm of choppin’ that wood,” inspiring the vintage lumberjack footage featured in the lyric video.
Muddy Waters first recorded “Standing Around Crying” in 1952. Gibbons describes it as “a bridge between the rural blues of his early days in the Mississippi Delta and the electric blues of his Chicago reign.”
Watch and listen in the video player below.
The follow-up to Gibbons’ Afro-Cuban-flavored Perfectamundo, The Big Bad Blues is a more straight-forward blues-rock affair. The album is due out September 21 on Concord Records.
Gibbons will also head out on a North American tour next month. Click here for a list of dates.