Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Billy F Gibbons has signed a worldwide publishing administration deal with Spirit Music Nashville for his solo work.
Best known as one-third of legendary rock band ZZ Top, Gibbons is known as one of the most inventive and dexterous guitarists of the rock genre. As a vocalist, his growl-style singing is unmistakable, standing out on such hits as “La Grange,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Cheap Sunglasses,” all of which he wrote. BMI honored Gibbons with its coveted Troubadour Award in September.
“We are thrilled to welcome Billy F Gibbons to the Spirit Music family,” says Frank Rogers, Chief Creative Officer, Spirit Music Group/Chief Executive Officer, Spirit Music Nashville. “Billy is a world class artist, an industry icon and one of the coolest humans on earth. He has undeniably shaped the sound of modern music and we are honored that he’s entrusted us as his publishing partner.”
Gibbons shares, “Spirit rising…! As is with Billy F Gibbons and the bonus of joining the Spirit music team taking large charge and ready to make loud noise!!! We roll. Spirit rising…”
Apart from his work with ZZ Top, Gibbons has recorded with a myriad of notable artists. He released his debut solo album Perfectamundo in 2015 and its follow-up The Big Bad Blues in 2018. In 2021, Gibbons released Hardware, an album produced with Matt Sorum and Spirit Music Nashville’s Director of A&R and Production, Mike Fiorentino.
“Billy F Gibbons is a music legend who has been part of rock & roll royalty for half a century,” says Fiorentino. “Being able to work with one of the world’s most prolific guitar heroes is truly an honor, and we are looking forward to building a long-lasting partnership. And a special shout out to Tim Montana for bringing BFG into our Spirit family!”
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