An American Blues-rock band formed in Houston, Texas, hold the distinction of being one of the few rock groups still composed of its original members; Billy Gibbons (guitar and vocals), Dusty Hill (bass guitar and vocals), and Frank Beard (drums). Nearly as well-known as their music is the group's appearance: Gibbons and Hill are always pictured wearing "Cheap Sunglasses," similar (if not matching) clothing, and their trademark chest-length beards while, perhaps ironically, Beard sports a mustache but not a beard. Their song lyrics often feature sexual innuendo and humor.
The origin of the band's name is derived from the name of blues master B.B. King. They wanted to call themselves Z.Z. King but sounded too similar to their blues legend hero. They figured that "King" was at the "top" so thus settled on ZZ Top.
The Ben Miller Band:The Ben Miller Band is made up of three very different musicians. Ben Miller(slide guitar, lead vocals) began his musical career on the streets of northern europe playing his distinctive delta-blues slide guitar for passers-by. He built an impressive collection of folk songs and original material as well as honing his distinctive performance style.
Combine that with the home grown musical mad scientist Scott Leeper(washtub bass, backing vocals). He began his musical career at the age of ten, wowing audiences playing pop music in his family's band "The Leepers". Later he toured with delta-blues hero Lightnin' Boy Malcom, and also made a name for himself as a truly astounding one man band.
To complete this trio of musicians comes Doug "Cap't Washboard" Dicharry(washboard, drums, trombone, backing vocals). As a air force brat growing up he assimilated an array of musical styles and attidudes. Moving every 4 years throughout the globe his one constant was music, from playing with punk, ska, and progressive noise bands to school marching bands.
The three met in Joplin Missouri at open mic nights that Ben was running. The three naturally gravitated towards each other feeding off of their shared interests as well as their different influences. They have been relentlessly gigging 5 nights a week for over 3 years crafting a tight, dynamic yet amazingly original sound. At this time they have weekly gigs at: Blackthorn Pizza in Joplin on Tues. C U there.
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