Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top

Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top


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This high-octane tribute to ZZ Top gives a group of top country artists the chance to offer rock 'n' roll props to the rowdy Texas trio, whose approach has helped shape the up-tempo sound of today's mainstream country. A medley of "Jesus Just Left Chicago/Waitin' for the Bus" allows Hank Williams Jr. to dip…  See more details below


This high-octane tribute to ZZ Top gives a group of top country artists the chance to offer rock 'n' roll props to the rowdy Texas trio, whose approach has helped shape the up-tempo sound of today's mainstream country. A medley of "Jesus Just Left Chicago/Waitin' for the Bus" allows Hank Williams Jr. to dip into the stomping blues-rock that he's favored on his own records. Hank III, meanwhile, comes out with both barrels blazing on "Fearless Boogie," which rocks without mercy and gains an edge via Hank's unsettling phased vocal. In "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," Dwight Yoakam melds Texas boogie with the hard edge of Bakersfield country to create the album's most memorable track. Willie Nelson transforms "She Loves My Automobile" into a jubilant western swing shuffle that would make Bob Wills smile. And Alan Jackson contributes the 12-bar blues of "Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell," which he ultimately kicks into hoedown overdrive in a scintillating and seamless blues-country segue. Lonestar, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Phil Vassar, and Trace Adkins are among the other country stalwarts lending their hot hands to this top-notch tribute to everyone's favorite bearded band.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's an inspired idea, actually -- take a bunch of country artists, mainly contemporary country guys, and have them tackle ZZ Top's catalog of blues-rock ravers, and just see what happens. As it turns out, Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top turns out to be one of the best tribute albums in recent memory, crackling with energy and with just enough vivid reinterpretations to make it enjoyable for fans of either the artists involved or ZZ Top. What makes it work is that the roster of featured artists is so strong that they either put their identity on their chosen song, or they love the music so much, it turns into an energetic cover. Also, the songs are revealed to be sharply written, clever tunes that still sound good when performed by somebody else -- they still sound good removed from the fuzz-tone raunch that defines ZZ Top as a band. As it turns out, the songs are more than good enough to stand on their own, and acts like Brad Paisley, Hank Jr., Tracy Byrd, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, and Alan Jackson turn this into a surprisingly enjoyable, first-rate record.

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  1. Gimme All Your Lovin'  -  Lonestar
  2. Sharp Dressed Man  - Brad Paisley
  3. Jesus Just Left Chicago/Waitin' for the Bus-Medley  - Hank Williams
  4. Grange  - Tracy Byrd
  5. Rough Boy  -  Brooks & Dunn
  6. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide  - Dwight Yoakam
  7. She Loves My Automobile  - Willie Nelson
  8. I Need You Tonight  - Andy Griggs
  9. Cheap Sunglasses  -  Warren Brothers
  10. Legs  - Trace Adkins
  11. Tush  - Kenny Chesney
  12. Just Got Paid  -  Montgomery Gentry
  13. I Thank You  - Phil Vassar
  14. Fearless Boogie  - Hank Williams
  15. Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell  - Alan Jackson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brooks & Dunn   Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dwight Yoakam   Track Performer
John Jorgenson   Electric Guitar
Jimmy Hall   Harmonica
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Pete Anderson   Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Frank Beard   Track Performer
Ray Benson   Electric Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Jonathan Clark   Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Floyd Domino   Piano
Dan Dugmore   Slide Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Skip Edwards   Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Bob Glaub   Bass
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Steven Herrman   Trumpet
Dusty Hill   Track Performer
Jim Hoke   Saxophone
Dann Huff   Guitar
Alan Jackson   Track Performer
Tom Keifer   Guitar,Background Vocals
Randy Leago   Saxophone
Chris Leuzinger   Electric Guitar
Gary Lunn   Bass
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Randy McCormick   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Chris McHugh   Drums
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano
Steve Nathan   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Dale Oliver   Electric Guitar
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Jason Roberts   Fiddle
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
David Sanger   Drums
Joe Scaife   Background Vocals
Spencer Starnes   Bass
Billy Joe Walker   Electric Guitar
Bruce Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Reese Wynans   Organ
Jim Christie   Drums
Brian David Willis   Percussion
Lonestar   Track Performer
Kendall Marcy   Banjo
Dean Sams   Keyboards
Joe Funderburk   Vibraslap,Cabasa
Matt Thomas   Fiddle
Joseph Fazzio   Drums
Randy Kohrs   Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Hank Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Michael Britt   Guitar
Phil Vassar   Track Performer
Warren Brothers   Track Performer
Keech Rainwater   Drums
Montgomery Gentry   Track Performer
Brad Paisley   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,6-string bass
Rob Stoney   Wurlitzer
Brad Warren   Guitar,Background Vocals
Brett Warren   Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Randle Currie   Steel Guitar
Mark Jordan   Organ
Jeff Smith   Guitar
Marty McIntosh   Bass
Robbie Cheuvront   Background Vocals
Troy Gentry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eddie Montgomery   Vocals,Background Vocals
Clayton Ryder   Keyboards
Jeff Marino   Drums
Justin Williamson   Fiddle
Ben Sesar   Drums
James Mitchell   Electric Guitar
Eric Borash   Lap Steel Guitar
Darren Theriault   Bass
Dexter Walker   Drums

Technical Credits

Kix Brooks   Producer
Tracy Byrd   Producer
Pete Anderson   Arranger,Producer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Derek Bason   Engineer,Digital Editing
Frank Beard   Composer
Ray Benson   Producer
Chris Brooks   Contributor
Sally Browder   Engineer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Kenny Chesney   Producer
Greg Droman   Producer,Engineer
Ronnie Dunn   Producer
Ben Fowler   Producer,Engineer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Billy Gibbons   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Bill Ham   Composer,Executive Producer
Dusty Hill   Composer
Dann Huff   Producer
Tom Keifer   Producer
John Kelton   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Anthony Martin   Producer
David Porter   Composer
Joe Scaife   Producer
Ed Seay   Engineer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Steve Tillisch   Engineer
Billy Joe Walker   Producer
Hank Williams   Producer
Norro Wilson   Producer
Joe Gracey   Engineer
Brian David Willis   Percussion Engineer
Bob Campbell-Smith   Engineer
Ronnie Thomas   Digital Editing
Ricky Cobble   Engineer
Joe Funderburk   Producer,Engineer
Hank Williams   Producer
Bob Merlis   Liner Notes
Joe Galante   Executive Producer
Andy Griggs   Producer
Brad Warren   Producer
Frank Rogers   Producer
"Loopy Dave" Willis   Digital Editing
Hank Williams   Mastering

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