Billy Gibbons Talks John Fogerty Collaboration, Next Solo Album

“I actually joined John in the studio, I guess it’s been three weeks ago,” Gibbons told hosts Mark Goodman and Alan Light. “We composed a song together and decided to lay it down. … Maybe we’ll have it wrapped up, probably in the next 24 hours.”

Gibbons revealed the song’s title: “Holy Grail.” It may or may not be the “accidental” song the pair reportedly collaborated on earlier this year. Soon after we initially posted this story, Fogerty tweeted out the single’s artwork, and promised that the track would be “coming soon.”

Watch Billy Gibbons and John Fogerty Trade CCR and ZZ Top Riffs

Gibbons also discussed working on his next solo album, the follow-up to his debut, Perfectamundo, which was UCR’s Album of the Year for 2015. Gibbons talked about a conversation he had with his record label’s president that got the project going.

“He said, ‘Well, we’ve done that Cuban/Latino thing,’” Gibbons recalled, referring to Perfectamundo’s rhythmic influence. “’I would like to see you go back to those bluesy roots.’”

Gibbons is happy to oblige, and the result, which he’s calling Big Bad Blues, should be released in September. His band on the album consists of ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, guitarist Austin Hanks and blues harmonica player James Harman.

“This is a real stripped-down, gutbucket, raw and rough approach,” Gibbons said of working with the musicians. “It’s going to provide a nice way to present this back-to-the-blues kind of thing — Big Bad Blues.”

John Fogerty and ZZ Top’s Blues and Bayous tour kicks off tomorrow night in Atlantic City.

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