Billy Gibbons: My Life in 15 Songs

ZZ Top's guitarist on how the Stones, Devo and a backwoods cathouse inspired some supercharged Texas-blues classics

"Treat Her Right" (2015)

The tune had a Texas legitimacy. The Roy Head single came out of Houston. And it was not about girls. It was about heroin. That a hit like that got through in 1965 — that's as blues as you can get, saying it without saying it.

The Afro-Cuban thing — it seemed to make sense there. The song goes so far back that most people like this because of the feel rather than "What an interesting twist on that old song." But there is that constant presence: Texas. It's this thing that helps make everything cool.

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