ZZ Top Working on New Album with Rick Rubin, Black Keys

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ZZ Top have teamed up with super-producer Rick Rubin for their 15th studio release.

The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2003’s Mescalero will be out by the end of the year and will also feature a collaboration with The Black Keys.

Guitarist Billy Gibbons told Spinner that the album will have a raw sound.

“We’ve enjoyed a friendship with Rick, which now includes an opportunity to focus our collective energy in a studio setting, which is actually more like bringing the live show into the room,” he said. “The art of capturing the maverick rogue called ‘live in the studio’ is what Rick does so well — better than anyone.”

Gibbons is also excited to work with the Black Keys, referring to them as “a couple of really fresh blues-based rockers that truly say it.”