Tres Hombres is the album that turned a “little ol’ band from Texas” into a globetrotting, arena-rocking sensation that’s still played and revered nearly half a century after its release. ZZ Top’s first two albums are a great listen, but it’s the third one that set the stage for their success.
Tres Hombres is the record that cemented their sound — a mix of blues, boogie and Southern rock. It also centered their signature style, equal parts Texas roadhouse, avant-garde art project, and Southern-fried ashram. It gave the world tracks like “La Grange,” Jesus Just Left Chicago,” "Waitin' for the Bus,” and “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” — while giving ZZ Top their first of four gold records in the US.