Late Night FDL: La Grange

ZZ Top – La Grange

The Boyz are headed to that East Texas town…

And in today’s meta-news, ZZ Top will play La Grange for the first time, where it’s likely that they’ll perform their classic 1973 song “La Grange.”

On Sept. 5, the group will perform at the Fayette County Fair, just west of Houston in La Grange, Texas. Yes, it is a real city.

The song, however, wasn’t exactly about the town; it was about the Chicken Ranch, located in La Grange. And the Chicken Ranch, it should be noted, was not a venue in which to purchase produce. In fact, it was a—how to say it?—bordello. The song, from their third album Tres Hombres, would become their biggest hit to date.

Frontman Billy Gibbons recently spoke with about the song.
“Well, it’s fair to say we liked the blues groove,” he said. “And, of course, the subject matter. It was a pleasant surprise when it began making its splash.”

He noted that similar establishments requested that the band consider writing about their places of business as well.

It worked out well for the Chicken Ranch, though, which went onto to further fame as the inspiration of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. That musical debuted on Broadway in 1978, and four years later was adapted into a film starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds.

“What goes around came around… so to speak,” said Gibbons.

What’s on your mind tonite…?