Vocal Coach Reacts to ZZ Top | La Grange | Tush | Live | Ken Tamplin

Hey guys welcome back again to Ken
Tamplin Vocal Academy where the proof is in the singing. I’m gonna go ahead and do a vocal coach reacts to ZZ Top and I chose “La Grange”.
Now I’ve done a vocal coach demonstration for Tush I’ll put that in
the description tag and I actually I also sang this tune too for a compilation album called or a cover album of compilations called “You Got You Covered” which I do a bunch of cover songs and I did this song on there as
well but with that said let’s just rock to ZZ Top. First off this song is about a brothel in Texas. So I’m not a big fan of the lyric at all. Fact there was another
really famous song “House Of The Rising Sun” was a song about you know there is a
house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun right. It’s in a lament of him
going there and he’s kind of celebrating and romancing that. So like I
said I’m not a fan of the lyric I am a big fan of their writing and guitar playing. He
actually was a huge inspiration for me as a guitar player. As you know was my first instrument of getting good harmonics out of your pick when you’re playing guitar. (sounds) That almost sounds like a juice harp sorry but anyway you’ll see what I’m talking about if he
does it. Is that on, I think that’s on Tush maybe that’s on a different song sorry but anyway but it was a big inspiration for me so and by the way wasn’t that
the coolest beard ever. I tried growing those suckers but they you know whenever I do
that the only thing that grows is hair coming out of other orifices cause I’m a
Titan so I choose not to do that. Anyway it’s about as big as I wanna have it get but his is awesome. It’s rockin here we go. Yeah it’s this song with the harmonics. Great part. Now at this snapshot here right like a minute 13 seconds into that, notice it’s a three-piece band right so
they’ve got all this energy and all this wall of sound com.. coming out of only
three instrumentalists. Think about that I mean there’s bands like Rush you know
Van Halen right that have only three instrumentalists. Pretty hard to do that
to be able to carry out all night with a whole bunch of songs have everything
sound different with only three instrumentation people..
three instrumentalists that’s what I meant to say. Say that three times fast. Ah here comes the ZZ Top walk. It’s kinda like you know hey hey we’re the Monkees. You know the monkey walk (sings) They kinda did that, stole that a
little bit. Good sized audience. Okay Billy I heard the lick I got it okay.
Reminds me in the 80s whenever there called wheedling right and we’d have these 80s
metal flash god guys and they go (sounds) and they play the same lick over and over
again. So we actually had this term for it little Italy you know Little Italy
Little Italy Little Italy Little Italy right. I’m Italian I can make fun of
myself so give me a break here but anyway so he’s kinda doing the Little Italy
right now. Can you speed it up here so we can get
onto some song here. Blowing smoke rings. Okay I heard the lick. Here we go. Okay so I had a brief brush with these
guys a while back I used to do TV commercials for this company out of
Japan and I did a lot of them for them and one of them was they called me up and
they said hey Ken it was a car.. they’re representing a car company really famous
car company and it was for Japan only you know it was region specific and so
they said you know do you think you could get Eric Clapton to find out if he
could do or do an appearance you know just one day we’ll fly into Los Angeles,
we’ll get our cameramen together and whatever. We’ll make it easy he can fly
in from the UK but one day thing shoot and then now you know here our fee is
150,000 dollars. Do you think Eric could do that. So I call up Eric Clapton’s manager I get him on the phone and so he says you know okay how much is the fee
and I says you know it’s a hundred and fifty thousand dollars and I get this
silence on the other end and it’s.. a hundred and fifty thousand dollars
you’ve got to be kidding me I’m looking for Eric’s fee not his road manager. You know I’m like oops sorry right. Anyway I don’t think Eric Clapton would have appreciated that but because
he’s a really cool guy. His manager is was a tough tough nut. So I relayed this
information back to this company in Japan and they said oh ow gosh did you
tell them that it’s not for the world it’s just for Japan. He shows up for one day collects 150 G’s goes home that’s it. I said yeah I told them. So anyway he said well can you do you think you could get you know um ZZ Top because
the car that we have coming out is called the Zed and that might even work
out better. In fact I think you can Google, go Google you know I think it’s
Mazda or it might have been Honda but called the go ZZ Top car commercial Zed
I think is what it is. You’ll see it. Anyway and so we contacted them and they
said yeah they could do it right. So we get everything together and then all
of a sudden like it was like three or four days before everything was supposed
to go down, their manager falls off the planet. I mean falls off the planet and
the next thing we hear through the grapevine is he’s on some boat like out
in the middle of you know I don’t know the Bahamas or
something and he’s not returning anybody’s phone call. So finally like two
days before this thing or three days before everyone’s supposed to fly into Los
Angeles to do this event, he says you know I’ve been thinking about it you
know and he’s like good.. one of the good old boys right and you know 150 is not enough you know I need way more than that. We’re like oh my gosh this is full-on
extortion right and so the you know they reluctantly agreed. They you know he had
him by the cojones and there was really not much else they could do about it. I
guess that’s just the music business where you know everyone’s trying to get
whatever they can get and it’s a bummer because I like these guys a lot but it’s
just I guess the nature of the beast of the music business so let’s get back to
ZZ Top here we go. There’s that walk. Ah you missed the guitar. Look at that after he did his little rolling arm thing listen to come back in. He missed his cue coming back, you hear
kind of like a sack of potatoes falling down the stairs or something. Here we go. You hear that. Great guitars tone man. Hey that reminds me. Sorry fo all the stories, great guitar
tone. So I guess..do you remember this song “Money For Nothing And Chicks For Free”
Dire Straits tune and it was funny that they you know Sting did an appearance on that and as they were putting the song together they said gosh it would be
really cool to have ZZ Top’s guitar tone, you Billy Gibbon’s guitar tone and so
anyway so they called Billy Gibbons to say hey we’re doing the song you know
money you know (sings) you know think of the guitar lick in that right
cause this will really drive home for it to make sense. So they call up Billy and they say hey you know can you tell us how you got your guitar sound, we’d really like to do
something like that for the album. He says go find your own guitar tone. Like okay so
that’s how that tone ended up sounding like that and it was its own unique
thing too anyway but yeah there was definitely no you know sharing secrets
in this camp that’s for sure. Kinda sped up the rhythm a lot. The harmonic thing I told you about’s coming up. I haven’t seen this I hope he does it. Not as cool as the record. He missed he harmonics. That’s it. Same lick. I got it. Alright some I’m gonna fast forward a little bit cause I have these long instrumental breaks are probably driving you guys nuts. So I’m
gonna cruise up here a little bit to what is this like 5:20 I think something so
quite a ways in. Oh. Wow. Hold on. They’re gonna do Tush alright well what
the heck let’s grab them both you get two for the price of one here today.
Let’s check this out well let’s see where this ends. Alright so I’m back at 4:20. Hey I’ll hang out for Tush for a second. Why not. The video wasn’t labeled that it just said “La Grange” so. For my Christian friends out there I
actually produced a Darryl Mansfield album where we did a bunch of these covers and
this was one of the songs and we changed the lyrics and okay you guys are gonna
hate me for this is silly but I said Lord take me downtown I’m just looking
for a church. You can check it out it’s a good album. Daryl Mansfield’s album. Okay so again for my guitar player
friends out there. You guys he does some great slide but man the Allman Brothers.
You got to check out you know Gregg Allman some of the Allman brothers
stuff.. Duane whatever. Gregg I got my turds worsted but who’s
even way more amazing than that in my personal opinion is Derek Trucks. Holy
Cow. If you guys haven’t had a chance go see the Trucks Tedeschi Tedeschi whatever band. Wow. Derek Trucks is like maybe one of the greatest slide players that
has ever lived. Guitar players go check out Derek Trucks
utterly amazing. I’ll get my beard to sway like that. I can do it with my hair. Alright more guitar solos. Anyway guys I’m just here having a good time. Hope you guys are having a good time with me. This is some
old, classic stuff trying to introduce again if I’ve got a younger audience out
there to some older classics. Some of these guys fell through the cracks and
they didn’t get the notoriety you know. They were really big in their day but you know other bands that you know got a lot of acclaim and these guys
again just kind of fell through the, slipped through the cracks so. If you
like what you heard please like and subscribe to my channel and until next
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100 Replies to “Vocal Coach Reacts to ZZ Top | La Grange | Tush | Live | Ken Tamplin

  1. Please be patient. I have had a problem for over two weeks now with YouTube Comments not showing up. YouTube says they are working on it, but it seems like it really takes them a L O N G, L O N G Time to fix things. My Z Z Top Beard may hit the floor by the time they get it fixed. I do want to hear from you, so please keep commenting and I'll try to keep replying, when I finally get your comments. I want to know what you want to hear me sing or react to. Keep those comments coming in! They will arrive eventually.

  2. Ken, what do you recommend for a budget speaker system…something plays things as they were meant to be heard. Same thing with a mic.

  3. House of Rising Sun was a nice song.
    Ken you need to check out Masked Singer …I think you'll enjoy it 😉

  4. I never listened much to zz top but yea the beards are great they look like duck dynasty beards or william golden beard from the oak ridge boys I love the music in this song their ok singers but not my favorite their alright Ken I'm not hating but their ok I do like that music it's jamming great guitar singing your cracking me up Ken your so funny there aint much singing in this one but I've heard them some before but not a lot great stories Ken you have great stories you tell they got a great band Ken I'll give them that they don't sing much in this but still great ken

  5. I have a special affection for Power Trios like Cream, ZZ Top, Rush and Motorhead. Ken could it react to a Brazilian power trio named Dr. Sin? The vocal is Andria Busic, it's amazing. Ah! Nice shirt.

  6. Great stories as usual Ken!
    "Little Italy, Little Italy , Little Italy. …you had me dying laughing !
    I think everybody knows a guitarist that does that!

  7. Speaking of Texas…..


    [In 80s metal Scream]


    Anything from the Austin City Limits '89

  8. 1st, the shirt 🕺🤘👍
    2nd, the story behind the reaction😆🤔🤑
    3rd, Tamplins smile personality & delivery
    Lastly, ZZ Top 😎

  9. Hi Ken,greetings from France !as a guitar player Myself,i like the Billy Gibbons playin' style and that's not easy at all !thanks for everything you do and keep on Rockin',sir !peace out 😎😎😎🇫🇷❤🇺🇸

  10. Nice review as always Ken. You have so many great stories from behind the rock n' roll curtain, we always appreciate it. BTW – can you react to Van Halen and your cousin Sammy in their Tokyo performance of "One Way to Rock". Thought it would be interesting, not only because it's your cousin, but because of your history in bands, both a guitarist and a vocalist. Sammy does it all here. You can let us know whether you think this brings all the significant band elements, in terms of stage presence, energy, vocal harmonies, Eddie & Sammy guitar dueling and a band generally being greater than its sum constituents (not saying the constituents are shabby its VH after all) in the form of a rocking good show. Sammy lowers some of his normally climactic high notes in this performance probably because he is reserving something for the run-round-stage guitar showcase it involves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2qaYdYIuvI

  11. I love how ZZ Top are known for their beards, but their drummer, named Frank Beard, is the one without the long beard. They must be purposefully doing that as a joke, cause it's hilarious.

  12. Hi Ken I loved the reaction as usual. I also do enjoy your stories, please continue with the stories and keep all the instrumental breaks and everything 😉

  13. the legend says that they were born twins ….connected at their beards…by the way their drummer is always in tempo

  14. The 3 fellas that put thumbs down, but it’s strictly from envy & jealousy, because this guy sings truly awesome, and I love ZZ Top , his voice is undeniable Cream de la Cream, and is able to sing perfectly while emulating ZZ Top’s lead singer. I’m not a singer, but I’ve seen ZZ Top in concert since the 70’s & as ZZ Top was & is Quintessential Solid Gold Southern Rock 70’s – today Best Rock, but this Instructor is better than anyone I’ve ever heard, and back in the late 70’s -90’s I would invest with partners to create top dance clubs when DJ’s were a dime a dozen & loved to interject Southern Rock during the late 70’s -early 90’s but we’d start the night clubs & sell out while they were on top, we had excellent groups , but some times a singer like this young man truly made the band.

  15. Since you mentioned Eric Clapton, he won a Grammy "Best Pop Vocal Performance Male" for Tears in Heaven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_82Dtdjf8mQ I'd like your opinion on his singing. there is also Circus about the same loss of Conor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veGF9Vjo_IE

  16. Omg, "having a good time" YES! Ken, you are often more entertaining than the artist/s you are "critiquing"/reacting to. Not kidding. You have the best hair, best facial hair, best shirt/s, best energy, I LOVE your videos. TY for sharing your experiences and expertise. You are golden! God Bless.

  17. Meanwhile Ken – Marc Martel is slaying open mic night with a cover of I Will Always Love You in the style of Witney Houston.
    I kid you not – check it out:

  18. Very cool song and style!!! Its fun to see how much fun you have critiquing these songs. It be neat if you could critique Smashing Pumpkins. That would be interesting!

  19. If you want a really great musical time. Try Kenny Wayne Shepherd and ZZ Top. What an awesome experience. I caught a couple of shows where they played together and it was like guitar overload. Kenny Wayne is great on his own. He has a Stevie Ray Vaughn sound and then you add ZZ top and their sound. Just awesome. Thanks for the review Ken. Take Care.

  20. I'd like that you react to this artist : he was one of the greatest singers of the french song and his voice was incredible.

  21. Can you pleaseeeeeeeeeee cover, One of these nights by the eagles!!! Pleaseeee 😭❤️ I love your course and I’ve learned so much from you, you don’t even know! Can wait to continue on my artistic journey and I’m so grateful for you and your amazing teaching! Rock On!

  22. I love ZZ Top, and love Derek Trucks. I think hes even better than Duane Allman, and that might be a bold statement to some guitarists!

  23. Ken, I’ve only been checking out your channel for a couple of weeks now and I knew there was something about you that gave me a “kindred spirit vibe”. And now I know… you’re a brother in Christ! That’s awesome!

    I sing (or try my best to) and play guitar/percussion at my church. Crowder is by far my favorite Christian artist. Not sure if you’ve heard him. If not, check him out. It’s pure fire!

    Anyways, I enjoy your insight so much. Still working on advancing my vocals for the Lord and you have certainly helped! PTL!

  24. Nice Ken! As a guitarist I love ZZ Top! If you want to do more vocal analysis of the "vocals with 12 notes or less" songs, then Foghat's "Slow Ride" is an awesome song 😎

  25. Thanks for sharing, I heard their music before and never remember names. Now I get why you are so hairy, another Italian, hahaha. It's nice to see people from the old country doing so well for themselves while being humble and nice. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, funny stories, and thank you for doing it ever so humbly. You deserve at least a million subs by the end of this year~

  26. Ken, I have to share my story with you about ZZ Top.
    ZZ Top is the first band I saw live. My very first concert experience. 😍 🎸
    I was just a teenage girl dating a man 7 year's my senior, which later became my husband. 💓💍
    It was he who turned me onto and took me to see some of Southern Rock's best musician's.
    He loved "Southern Rock".
    It was a phenomenal show and one I'll never forget..
    I later went back to see them four more times. Yup, I was hooked.
    Every time I heard our local DJ's on the radio announce that they were coming to our local area, my sister in law and I would go and stand in line to purchase concert tickets.
    Remember those days Ken & community?
    Yup, the day's when we stood in line and "got there early" to ensure the best seating. Also meeting some good people in those line's.
    He also graced me with seeing Greg Allman, Black Foot, Marshall Tucker Band and some other great Southern Rock band's.
    I thank him to this day for this.
    We divorced after 8 year's of marriage and still remain friends.
    Then later I took him to see, AC/DC, Guns n Rose's and Iron Maiden. My Southern man was smitten by them. Glad I could return the favor. Lol
    Blue Jean Blue's has to be my favorite song by ZZ. I'd love to hear you sing it.
    Haven't heard you step into the realm of blues and am curious how you would approach it?!
    Yes, this is a request. Please sing Blue Jean Blue's for me Ken?. Until next time, be well and rock on my friend. 🤘

  27. I just checked out that commercial, it’s a howl🤪 Good stuff piasan, they’re in their zebra coats too hahahahaha, thanks for putting that out there, I never knew✌🏼🤟🏼🤞🏼

  28. Bon Scott, whenever you have the time brother. And if you see this Ken, can you or have ever made a video on incorrect muscle use, like the swallowing muscles? If not that would be great. I'm really confused about that topic.

  29. MAXIMUM OUTPUT and they keep it basic. Dusty Hill AND Billy Gibbons very vocally underrated. Their instrumentals are spot on all the time. Frank Beard is no slouch in his own right. HE HAS SWAG.

  30. 🎈🎊💎🔥🥳🤘🍭🎂🍩🔥💎🎊🎈
    *HaPpY BiRThdAy My FRieNd!*
    Keep on doing what you do best and Thank you for sharing your passion with us! Peaceee.. #ChemoYux

  31. I finally got to see them a few years ago in Cold lake Alberta. I love these guys how much fun must it be to rock this song out on stage I laughed at the concert when they said yup same 3 guys same 3 chords 🙂

  32. Hey Ken can you please react to Christina's carpool karaoke and also desperately still waiting to see a reaction to haley Sullivan's cover of imagine by ariana grande you would love it

  33. Ken, you simply have to analyze this ..


    This is probably a unknown quality to most ..

    People, you think she is good in Nightwish?

  34. Please react to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's "Raag" performance at the Nobel prize. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enI3eoa7hgY. There is so much depth and emotion in his high notes. He is a musical icon and loved in India and Pakistan. Please review artists from India & pakistan too for your Asian viewers! 🙂

  35. Hey Ken! Can you do a react to Zayn singing like I would? I'm conflicted on whether he's a tenor or a baritone cuz his speaking voice is very low.

  36. Hey Ken, your channel is amazing, and i met your channel recently, and i would want sugest you a theme for reaction video, please make a react of Steve Lee, the vocalist of Gotthard band of switzerland, that unfortanelly passed away and a few years ago. Thanksssss

  37. Awesome band! I first started listening to ZZ Top in the 80s when songs like Legs, Sharp Dressed Man, and Sleeping Bag were on the radio, and I'm amazed at their musicianship and their longevity.

  38. I really don’t feel these guys fell through the cracks, but they did have a prolonged period of everywhereness – yeah, not a real word, I know. Then again maybe they fell through and I just fell with em. Hmmm?

  39. Really Awesome, I enjoyed it a lot!, See this New Album 'Monish Jasbird – Death Blow', channel link www.youtube.com/channel/UCv_x5rlxirO-WKjLIyk6okQ?sub_confirmation=1 , you may like it 🙂

  40. When YER havin a good time, WER having a good time! Enjoyed the road stories as always. Saw them in Biloxi during the ELIMINATOR tour 84 and went to Nawlins after the concert. About 3 am, there was Billy duckin in Mollys Dungeon with a chick around 20-21. Went in and bought him breakfast (Dixie beer and a plate of Jambalaya/TX toast). People down there must be used to His presence cause He seemed like just one of the crowd. We were going NUTS!..LOL

  41. “Little Italy Little Italy Little Italy Little Italy Little Italy…” Dude! Coffee just went flying out of my nose when you said that! 😂

  42. Billy is really being John Lee Hooker and doing great ,,,haw haw haw haw ..Did you ever get to know Jeff Carlisi ,the guitarist of 38 Special

  43. Too funny I like the “little Italy” we used to call the repetitive pentatonic riffing “getting caught in Pentatonic hell”

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