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American Blues

From: Dallas, TX, USA

Originally known as the Warlocks, this Dallas based band formed in 1966 and is best know for including future ZZ Top members Dusty Hill (bass) and Frank Beard (drums). Other members of the group included Doug Davis (keyboards) and Dusty's brother Rocky Hill (guitar, vocals). They were heavily influenced by the 13th Floor Elevators and peddled their infectious brand of blues style acid rock throughout the DFW area and Houston.

Their 1968 debut LP (American Blues Is Here!) includes a hard and heavy cover of the Tim Hardin penned classic 'If I Were A Carpenter'. They went on to release a second LP (American Blues Do Their Thing) in 1969, but neither one hit it big, so the group eventually disbanded. It should be interestingly noted that later in '69 after the band's demise, Beard and Dusty Hill became members of a touring band now infamously known as the "Fake Zombies" that gigged throughout the U.S. in place of the real Zombies after their song 'Time Of The Season' had became a huge hit there and they had already broken up.

Artist information sources include: The book, 'Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers Revisited' by Vernon Joynson.

Original LPs/EPs

American Blues Is Here!

Original LP/EP Label: Karma KLP-1001

Released: 1968

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Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • If I Were A Carpenter

    (Original 45 Label: Karma K45-101, A - June, 1968)

General Compilations

A Journey To Tyme, Volume 1

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This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- If I Were A Carpenter