ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres looms large in Texas consciousness not just for its deep fried blues-rock, but also because of that mouth-watering gatefold spread. Grupo Fantasma brings all that Tex-Mex goodness to life with a cover of “Waitin’ For The Bus,” which features on the new blues-inspired benefit compilation ALL ATX: Low Down Violet Crown. Their version is the best of both worlds, a South Texas reimagining of ZZ Top that bridges borders, cultures, and record collections. Grupo Fantasma taps into something inherent in the blues: they’re better if you can dance them away.
“Waitin’ For The Bus” appears on ALL ATX: Low Down Violet Crown, out 9/30 at Waterloo Records. Proceeds benefit HAAM, SIMS Foundation, Black Fret, and the Austin Music Foundation. Tune into KUTX all week for your chance to win tickets to the sold-out release show at ACL Live.
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