Lightnin' Hopkins taught us, "the rubber on a wheel is faster than the rubber on a heel" and Muddy Waters taught us "you don't have to be the best one; just be a good 'un" .. that just about says it all, always strive to be a good 'un.

— Billy Gibbons

The most inspiring Billy Gibbons quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

Well, everybody faces the fact there really aren't many records stores around to just go and browse. Maybe browse online, yet that tactile feel of flipping through a stack of vinyl remains one of life's simple pleasures.


Every once in awhile I'll call up Eddie (Van Halen) and ask, Found that fourth chord yet?


The rawness and the richness of music on vinyl almost went away, but it still seems to be on a lot of people’s radar, and for good reason. It does something different than more accessible means of music playing, like MP3 players and downloads and whatnot. You get in front of these archaic contraptions that go ’round and ’round.


The blues is a mighty long road. Or it could be a river, one that twists and turns and flows into a sea of limitless musical potential.


Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling, finesse, and fear.


Turn on, tune up, rock out.


My discussion with Keith Richards about the creative process led me to believe that there's an invisible presence of a stream of ever-flowing creativity that we overhear-all you have to do is pull up the antenna and dial it in. This presence allows you to maintain your sense of origin and move forward.


ZZ Top did get a chance to play with Lightnin' Hopkins and Jimmy Reed, there's still that one, single song we just can't shake... J.B. Hutto's "Combination Boogie".


A blown-out tube ripped some of the grind from the amplifier, throwing us into a momentary tizzy. The unusual sound led me to play unusually, and the recorded take turned out to be a keeper. Insriration can come from the most unlikely places ... keep your head on and your ears open.


Until you learn to play what you want to hear, you're barking up the wrong tree.


If you're really looking for something in particular, it helps to take your time.


White people get nervous and speed things up.

You don't have to be in a hurry because you ain't got nothing to gain and you ain't got nothin' to lose. And that's where the groove lies.


About Billy Gibbons

Quotes 38 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

Lightnin' Hopkins was something of a fixture on the Houston coffee house scene so we were witness to eccentric blues brilliance close up. Then, believe it or not, along came the wave of the English cats like John Mayall, Eric Clapton and the Stones embracing the great American art form - the blues.


Brian Eno and Robert Fripp's foray into some artful excursions into some ethereal electric experiments. There was a lot curious activities emerging in London, Amsterdam, and Berlin back then developing some fiercely fuzzy of synth-like effects way outside the norm which really blew the lid off things.


Did Muddy Waters play an acoustic? Well of course he did.

But did he turn his back on being able to plug it in and play louder? No, he plugged in and turned it up and got miles and miles ahead of the game in one fateful act of just plugging in.


When I was around 7 or 8 my Dad took me to a B.

B. King recording session, well, that really did it. Huge and lasting impressions. After all that I pretty much knew playing guitar was something I was going to do because I just had to do it. And I did.


Water doesn't hurt a vinyl record. Put it into a dishwasher and you're fine.


Experience is definitely the high road once driven.

It actually enhances the songwriting and song sourcing process.


They prospect of seeing oneself in the mirror clean-shaven is too close to a Vincent Price film... a prospect not to be contemplated, no matter the compensation.


Our skin colours may vary, but what's upstairs - there's certain things we've all got in common.


My mom took my sister and me to see Elvis [Presley] in concert when was, maybe 5 or 6, and I liked everything about it.


Ever since I was a little kid and first heard Jimmy Reed's 'Honey, Don't Let Me Go,' the blues has been in my blood.


In 1950, the biggest amp you could get was no bigger than a tabletop radio.


It doesn't take much to be good, but it takes a lot to be real good.


The band is tight enough. Quit practicing!


I've been touted for my guacamole. I'll stand by my method. People have asked me to come to their home and prepare it. Restaurants have asked me about it.


The blues is life itself.


I too once belived in the heavier gauge string as a superior tone source.

However, thanks to the graciousness of B.B. King I learned that a lighter-gauge string offers superior playing comfort ... try it, you may like it.


Having a visual element to your band is a good thing.


It's important to collect unusual characters. It keeps you sharp.


Each guitar has its own character and personality, which can be magnified once the player engages in beatin' it up


There's not a single genre that is hard to find or hard to get.


It's a real uphill challenge to battle the white-guyness.


Sooner rather than later, any other form other than digital media will be a thing of the past. It won't vanish, but let's face it, this is seemingly the way of the future.


Most of the reggae awareness is still among music industry people and people who are already into all types of music.


Can't do it, simply cause underneath 'em is too ugly.


I probably owe as much to Jeff Beck as I do to Son House with connections to the blues.