The official music video for “My Lucky Card”, the latest single from ZZ TOP frontman Billy Gibbons, can be seen below. The track is the third single from Gibbons‘s upcoming solo album, “Hardware”, which will be released on June 4 via Concord Records. The LP was recorded at Escape Studio in California’s high desert, near Palm Springs, and was produced by Gibbons along with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino, with engineer Chad Shlosser providing additional production.
Sorum, veteran of GUNS ‘N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, also serves as “Hardware”‘s drummer and was joined in the album’s core band by guitarist Austin Hanks. The same Gibbons–Sorum–Hanks aggregation recorded “The Big Bad Blues”, Gibbons‘s earlier solo effort for Concord and winner of the Blues Foundation‘s Blues Music Award.
In contrast to “The Big Bad Blues” and “Perfectamundo”, Gibbons‘s debut solo album, almost all of the “Hardware” repertoire is original and rock-oriented with eleven of the album’s twelve songs written by Gibbons, Sorum, Fiorentino and Shlosser. The sole exception is “Hey Baby, Que Paso”, originally recorded by the TEXAS TORNADOS. The album’s title is a tribute to legendary recording engineer the late Joe Hardy who worked with Gibbons and ZZ TOP dating back to the mid-1980s. Sonically, the album was influenced by the high desert circumstance of its recording. Says Gibbons: “The desert settings, replete with shifting sands, cacti and rattlesnakes makes for the kind of backdrop that lends an element of intrigue reflected in the sounds created out there.”
“Stackin’ Bones”, one of the album’s standouts, features a guest appearance by LARKIN POE, with whom Gibbons has been familiar and friendly for quite a while. He initially met them through the good offices of Tyler Bryant, husband of LARKIN POE‘s Megan Lovell; he had toured extensively with ZZ TOP in the past. LARKIN POE also shared a bill with Billy at New York’s “Love Rocks NYC” benefit in 2019 and the “Hardware” collaboration grew from there.