Video by Harry Reese: https://www.instagram.com/harryreesephoto/
Here is the hi-def director’s cut video presentation with the song, “Missin Yo’ Kissin” from the Concord Records disc, “The Big Bad Blues” by Billy F Gibbons and his solo group “The BFG’s” featuring Matt Sorum on drums, Austin ‘Left Hand’ Hanks on his bass+guitar, BFG on his guitar+bass, and Elwood Francis on blues-harp. The clip highlights a performance shot during the sold out house tour during 2018…!
A few notes from the band…
Hey friends…! Billy F Gibbons sending a “Thank You” with this brief note. In this temporary absence of raucous and rockin’ roadshow gatherings, here’s a little thing with a sneak peek to offer 3 minutes of bluesy-rock film entertainment for your viewing pleasure. “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin'” is an understatement. We await the moment to resume sharing some more good times for our loyal friends, fans, and followers…pronto… Bueno…! Enjoy, y’all…!
– – – B F G
Greetings to all the blues lovers out there! Since our sofas have become the front row, I suggest we all throw this LO-Fi FREIGHT TRAIN on the big screen and sing along. We certainly miss you all. Stay safe and enjoy… we will do the same! Now crank it up!
– – – Austin Hanks
Found this gem from The Big Bad Blues tour I was honored to be apart of with my comrades in RN’R Mr. Billy F Gibbons, Austin Hanks and Elwood Francis. I hope this will get you dancing in your living room, kitchen or whatever floats your fancy. Can’t wait to see all your smilin’ faces live and in person soon !!! Till then… Keep rockin’!!!
– – – Matt Sorum
“Missin Yo’ Kissin’,” a performance video shot towards the end of Billy F Gibbons’ 2018 tour has just surfaced and been posted. Its relevance to the current circumstance of quarantine/shelter-in-place is implicit. The song, the creation of the video and the discovery of that video last week were all truly serendipitous.
November 11, 2018 found the ZZ Top front man at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, TX for a tour date in support of his then-recently released solo album The Big Bad Blues (Concord Music). The road band consisted of Gibbons (guitar), Matt Sorum (drums) and Austin Hanks (guitar), along with the participation of Billy’s long-time guitar tech/guru Elwood Francis (harmonica).
At that afternoon’s soundcheck, Sorum was introduced to Harry Reese by the venue’s sound man. Reese, as it happens, is a Shiner, TX-based photographer/videographer whose resume includes assignments with Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Stone Temple Pilots. He was equipped that day to do a one man-four camera shoot of the show. His services were engaged on the spot to chronicle the performance of “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’,” one of the group’s stand out numbers. Harry situated two stationary GoPro cameras on Sorum’s drum stand and documented the proceedings as he scurried around the stage with two hand-held cameras. Once the tour concluded, the video was forgotten though The Big Bad Blues was not. It went on to win Best Blues Rock Album at the 2019 Blues Music Awards.
Billy was unable to attend the BMA ceremonies in Memphis last year due to a ZZ Top performance conflict but Gilligan Stillwater, Billy’s paramour, most appropriately accepted the award on his behalf. The song was actually written by “Miz Gilly” who came up with it while waiting in the lobby of Foam Box Studios in Houston where the album was recorded. Through the control room window, Billy noticed her scribbling in a note book. That scribbling turned out to be the lyrics for “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’” which was added to The Big Bad Blues tune stack immediately thereafter. After the song was recorded Billy, asked the rhetorical question, “She was writing that about me, wasn’t she?!?”
Just last week, Sorum remembered the video. He unearthed the hard-drive and shared it with Billy whose social media team posted it immediately. Says Gibbons, “It’s fortuitous that Matt remembered the video and fished it out of his stick bag last week. Now, more than ever, this is an exemplar of our go-to phrase, “Blues You Can Use.”