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“Billy Gibbons was working with Fabrizio on a video project, and one day Fabrizio told me that Billy had a song for me called Standing On Higher Ground. That right there was good enough for me.
“It wasn’t totally written, so I kind of finished it with Billy in the studio. It’s such a great track. It’s down and dirty, a real grinder. We had a blast singing together on the chorus. It’s so ZZ Top. That chorus part reminds me of their videos when he and Dusty Hill dance with their guitars.
“Billy plays the intro guitar figure, I do the solo, and he plays the ride-out. He and I have a bit of a similar sound, the way we make our harmonics jump off the string. Billy uses a very hard pick – I think he’s even been known to use a peso at times – but I use the softest pick possible.
“Larry DiMarzio once told me that my tone was all in my right hand, that it had nothing to do with amps or effects or even what guitar I was playing. “You could pick up an acoustic and make it sound like you,” he said. The same holds true for Billy. He came in the studio with an SG that he just picked up, he plugged in, and he sounded like himself. The guy could play a broom and you’d know who it was.”