Rio Grande Mud 40th Anniversary
ZZ Top‘s 1972 sophomore album ‘Rio Grande Mud’ turns 40 this month. The album is best known as home to the longtime concert favorite ‘Just Got Paid,’ which features a particularly thrilling slide guitar showcase from Billy Gibbons.
‘ZZ Top’s First Album’ — yes, that’s what they called it — hadn’t made much of an impression on the charts when it came out the year before, but ‘Mud”s lead track, ‘Francine,’ which featured vocals from bassist Dusty Hill, made a bit of a dent, becoming their first charting single. (Things would really bust open for the group with 1973′s ‘Tres Hombres.’