End of an Era Jam

Nearly ten years after they first were featured in this space, ZZ Top has, with the passing of bassist Dusty Hill, ended its tenure as the longest-running music group with an unchanged lineup. To call this the end of an era is an understatement, as would be any attempted summation of the band’s history and legacy. The trio consistently embodied the total rock and roll package, and today’s Jam is a small tribute of gratitude to their commitment, sound, and style:

Jam the Bountygate Shuffle

We do a lot here with sports and music, so an opportunity to combine the two is pretty irresistible. Such an opportunity comes today in the form of a positive externality of the NFL’s crackdown on the New Orleans Saints’ bounty program, which we’ve been covering here on a derivative level. Back in March, the league suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton for a year because of the bounties. As a Deadspin reader reports, Payton seems to be handling his time off just fine.

At least nominally, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have been on my radar since college, when they started getting some pub and a friend got into them, but I never listened to them, and I figured my friend’s allegiance to Grace Potter was based mostly on them both being female Vermontsters. When I saw today’s Jam for the first time, though, I realized my assumptions about Potter’s sound were inaccurate, and she, Warren Haynes, and Sean Payton are welcome to rock ZZ Top anytime:

Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday

It’s the end of the week again, and this Friday finds ALDLAND having avoided (I think) a week-two sophomore slump. Friday-themed jams seem like a good idea as long as I can keep thinking of them. Suggestions are welcome.

After last week’s inaugural jam, the selection for this week was the next logical choice. I wanted to offer a live cut instead of a generic slideshow of grainy stills, and, as it turned out, there was only one real option readily available. The band apparently went through its Amish phase in 1980, but don’t worry if you don’t recognize the group since you’ll get a pretty good clue around the 1:35 mark.