It’s been nine years since ZZ Top has released new music, but it seems fans won’t have to wait much longer. The bearded rockers from Texas just announced on their website that next week, they’ll release a four-song EP that previews material off their upcoming studio album.

Titled Texicali, the EP will be released on Tuesday (June 5) via iTunes and other digital retailers. Included on the EP is the single “I Gotsta Get Paid,” an appropriately-titled track given its use in a Jeremiah Weed alcohol ad featuring ZZ Top members performing in a walk-in beer cooler. Interestingly enough, the song, which also appears on the Battleship soundtrack, was inspired by the ’90s crunk-rap song “25 Lighters.”

ZZ Top’s currently untitled album, however, does not yet have a release date, but the band says it can be expected “late this summer or early fall.” The album, which has been in the works for a couple of years now, was helmed by legendary producer Rick Rubin, whom ZZ Top leader Billy F Gibbons recently said is actually to blame for the album’s delay.

In the meantime, ZZ Top hits the road starting June 1 for the Gang of Outlaws Tour alongside rockers 3 Doors Down and country star Gretchen Wilson.

– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local


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