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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the ZZ Top guitarist features contributions from Mike Flanigin, Austin Hanks, Joe Hardy, James Harman, Greg Morrow, and Matt Sorum.
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Sep 20, 2018
    He keeps his freak flag flying with this collection of bar jams and blues covers that is as flinty and steely edged as Gibbons himself. [Oct 2018, p.82]
  2. Sep 20, 2018
    Unlike latter-day ZZ Top records, which are occasionally weighed down by the band's considerable legacy, Big Bad Blues feels light and free, an album that was made because Gibbons wanted to have some fun and that feeling is not only palpable, it's infectious.
  3. 70
    He’s clearly infatuated with this raw sound and, like the Stones, at this late stage in his career, isn’t concerned with moving units or getting radio play. All of which speaks to the honesty and love of blues exuding from every track on this heartfelt tribute to the music that has always inspired Billy Gibbons’ best work.
  4. Uncut
    Sep 20, 2018
    None of these fall too far from the ZZ Top tree, defined by crashing riffs and a raunchy sense of humour. [Nov 2018, p.29]
  5. Mojo
    Oct 3, 2018
    A pleasant appetiser until ZZ Top bring out another main course. [Nov 2018, p.86]