The ART of GIVING
“With the world, the way things are going, you know, people gotta get out there and pitch in, and help just make the world a better place … We’ve been so blessed, playing music all of our lives, and meeting so many people all over the world, that it’s sort of a natural fit for us to just say, hey man, how can we help?”
Whether it’s the epic percussive backdrop behind Guns N’ Roses’ “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” or the propulsive punked-out beat fueling Velvet Revolver’s “Dirty Little Thing,” Sorum’s playing remains unique, undeniable and unforgettable. Sorum’s presence extends far beyond the kit, as an activist for animals and the arts. He's the US Ambassador for Animals Asia, Board Member of Dolphin Project, Ambassador for the Olive Ridley Project, and Co-Founder of Adopt the Arts, to keep music alive in schools.
The ART of GIVING exists to create awareness for the charitable causes championed by the world's most iconic Artists.
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ZZ Top guitarist Billy F Gibbons is unquestionably one of the finest blues-rock guitarists to ever emerge from Texas. Born on December 16, 1949, and raised in Houston, Texas, Gibbons grew up in a home that favored both classical and country sounds, but upon discovering Elvis Presley via an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Gibbons became transfixed by rock & roll. After receiving a Gibson Melody Maker electric guitar and a Fender Champ amp for Christmas in 1963, Gibbons began emulating his heroes and forming his first band when he was 14. In 1968, Jimi Hendrix (with whom Gibbons' band the Sidewalks toured with around this time) began endorsing the guitarist as one of his favorite new players to the media.
In 1969, Gibbon hooked up with a pair of other fellow Texans, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, and ZZ Top was born. The power trio slowly but steadily built up a solid following, largely due to Gibbons’ tasty guitar playing and muscular riffs on such renowned tracks as “La Grange” and “Tush”. The group released the albums, 1970’s self-titled debut, 1972’s Rio Grande Mud, 1973’s Tres Hombres, 1975’s Fandango, 1976’s Tejas, 1979’s Deguello and 1981’s El Loco, and ZZ Top became one of the country’s top rock bands. With the release of 1983’s Eliminator, the group was responsible for some of MTV’s most popular video clips of all time “Give Me All Your Loving,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” and “Legs.” Gibbons and Hill also became known for their assortment of matching and outlandish guitars, which were also always on display in their videos.
BILLY is an active supporter of
ADOPT THE ARTS, a non-profit funding arts programs in public elementary schools.
Laguna Beach, California
"SHARP DRESSED MAN"
BILLY F GIBBONS Autographed Print
to raise awareness for BILLY's charity of choice:
ADOPT THE ARTS FOUNDATION
A portion of every Session is donated to
Eden Reforestation Projects. Eden is a 501(c)3 international nonprofit that is committed to alleviating extreme poverty and restoring healthy forests in Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique and beyond.
• Alleviating extreme poverty by hiring local villagers to grow, plant and guard large-scale forests restoration sites
• Providing a consistent income to poverty stricken communities encouraging economic growth
• Restoring the environment through reforestation efforts, improving fisheries, agriculture and carbon sequestration