In a Songfacts interview with Billy Gibbons
, he explained his New Orleans connection. "When one grows up on the Gulf Coast, visiting New Orleans is something of a right of passage," he said. "When I first got what was called a 'drivings license,' we realized New Orleans was fewer than 350 miles from Houston across the Texas-Louisiana line, and the Crescent City came calling. The call was answered and, of course, one of the attractions was the sound of that particular town.
We got a first-hand look of the 'second liners'... a solid brass band, the march, umbrellas abounding. That's the kind of impression which becomes a lasting one, made more vivid by constant visits to NOLA... even a lengthy residency there."