American Blues: Dallas-Born Rocky Hill, Dusty's Older Brother, Died on Friday
Longtime locals -- which is to say, those hanging out at the Cellar in the late 1960s -- no doubt recall the two seminal bands in which Rocky, like Dusty a Woodrow Wilson Wildcat, played guitar while his little bro played bass: The Warlocks and then American Blues, the latter of which released two albums in '67 and '68 and which featured future ZZ Topper Frank Beard on drums. (The band's debut, American Blues is Here, was re-released on CD in 2002.) But American Blues eventually left Dallas for Houston: "Dallas was too trendy," Rocky told our sister paper, the Houston Press, in 2002. "All they wanted from a band was to be a jukebox. We wanted to play original music." But shortly after the relocation, he ditched American Blues because he wanted to play straight blues, while Dusty wanted to go rock -- which is how they wound up replacing Rocky with the Moving Sidewalks' Billy Gibbons while Rocky went on to back legends and young comers, among 'em Stevie Ray Vaughan.