R.I.P., Dusty Hill

One of the many ZZ Top albums I’ve worn out over the decades.

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has finally bottomed out.

According to the band’s website, Dusty shuffled off in his sleep at home in Houston. He was 72.

Dusty, Billy Gibbons, and Frank Beard helped keep me between the lines on many a long road trip over the years, pounding on the steering wheel and singing along. Now he’s up there jamming with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Guy Clark and the rest of them hombres.

’Scuse me while I crank up some “La Grange,” y’all.

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37 Responses to “R.I.P., Dusty Hill”

  1. carl duellman Says:

    that’s a bummer. i might have to dig out deguello this evening for my guitar practice session.

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      Hi Carl. What music and guitars do you like?

      • carl duellman Says:

        i bought a fender squire telecaster for my birthday. i haven’t played an electric guitar since probably 1995 and it shows. i’ve got a fender headphone amp that i use so i don’t annoy the girlfriend. the amp connects by bluetooth to my phone and i have a small playlist for guitar stuff i find interesting. i’m trying to avoid downloading tab charts so i can figure things out on my own. it’s been fun so far and my hand and fingers have toughened up a bit. the band blitzen trapper has got some really nice chord progressions that have been a challenge. the song american goldwing is giving me fits. i’ll post up my playlist when i get more time.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        That’s great. I have decided acoustic is what I should stick with. I’m a chord strummer that lives on the “Chordie” website. If I have lyrics and chords, plus a recording of the song, I can usually figure it out. We are playing some John Prine, John Denver, Tom Paxton, Doc Watson, and others. We are going to see Tommy Emmanuel in November in Tucson. My guitar mentor, Alan, is a finger style player. I just play rhythm and sit sit back and listen when he starts picking’.

      • carl duellman Says:

        my parents made me take guitar lessons way back in elementary school. i learned a bit of classical and folk stuff so i learned a bit about finger picking. not enough to be any good but enough to have the coordination. it blows my mind to see people finger pick and sing at the same time.

        • SAO' Says:

          Last show I saw Pre-COVID was Justine Townes Earle, with the Michigan Rattlers opening. My uninformed impression is JTE was a solid musician, but not on anyone’s Top 100 list. But when he slipped into Travis picking claw hammer mode, I really had no idea what I was listening to, or watching, really. My brain just couldn’t process how different things were going on there.

          OBTW, the Rattlers could easily be a Jayhawks- or Big Head Todd-level success story with just a couple of breaks somewhere, one of those solids bands with maybe one or two hits who makes a decent living over the arc of their career. It’s always perplexed me how much talent is out there traveling and yet the masses are force fed over-produced crap.

          • carl duellman Says:

            wilco: the late greats
            The greatest lost track of all time
            The Late Greats’ Turpentine
            You can’t hear it on the radio
            Can’t hear it anywhere you go

            The best band will never get signed
            The Kay-Settes starring Butchers Blind
            So good you won’t ever know
            They never even played a show
            Can’t hear them on the radio

            The greatest singer in rock ‘n’ roll
            Would have to be Romeo
            His vocal cords are made of gold
            He just looks a little too old

            The best songs will never get sung
            The best life never leaves your lungs
            So good you won’t ever know
            You’ll never hear it on the radio
            Can’t hear it on the radio

          • Pat O'Brien Says:

            Word, Carl.

          • SAO' Says:

            Loved this look at Tweedy’s process. Dude is definitely a capital-A artist but there’s a lot of “blue collar, roll up your sleeves and get to work” that makes it all happen.


            “ Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.”
            ~ Chuck Close

          • SAO' Says:

            Also here if the Overcast link doesn’t work for ya:


        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          A discussion on finger picking would not be complete without this guy.

          • carl duellman Says:

            that was one of the songs i learned when i first started playing although there’s very little resemblance between my version and the mason williams version.

          • Shawn Says:

            Wow! I’ve not had the chance to see anyone play that song before and that was great. But why did they have to speed up the video. I mean we all know that nobody can play that fast…

  2. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Dusty Hill and Donald “Duck” Dunn can anchor any band the rest of them there can put together.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      What longevity in that band. It may have been Dusty who said that the key to their success in holding the band together was “separate buses.”

      Bob Seger was another dude who kept me moving forward when my eyes were out on stalks and the beer was mostly failing to dial back the acid/cocaine/speed or whatever between Hell and High Water. He had a couple real good movers.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        1969 was a very good year for music! It got me interested in music after years of indifference. Santana, BS&T, CTA, James Taylor, Carol King, and on and on got me buying and listening.

  3. Charley Says:

    Hard to believe how much great music they put out. Saw them twice.

  4. JD Says:

    Here ya go, musicians and guitarists! I stumbled upon this You Tube website and can’t believe this Lithuanian-born, musical wizard’s talents and virtuosity.

    Check it out!


  5. carl duellman Says:

    i made the tumeric-black pepper chicken dish you posted the other day. easy and tasty. next time i’ll follow the instructions a little closer but i still got praise from the girlfriend. thanks!

  6. SAO' Says:

    Happy Birthday, Buddy Guy!


  7. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Whenever someone asks me for a favor or tries to pay me for something I did for them I simply say “ just sing me a few verses of My Dingaling “. Which ultimately leads them to Mr. Barry vids. No they rarely break out in song for me but they do get a quirky music history lesson.

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