Boz Scaggs (Vinyl)
From his formative years as a musician growing up in Texas in the days of early rock and roll, R&B, the blues and folk, Scaggs was steeped in the music coming out of New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago and from down the road, Dallas. He made his way as a journeyman in the small combo tradition as a rhythm and bass guitar player and sometime singer in Madison and Austin before landing in London, England in 1965 with a group from Texas. He went on to travel in the "dharma bum" tradition, playing in small clubs and sitting in "wherever I found myself" for the next couple of years, making his first record and establishing a home base in Stockholm.
After an overland trip through Eastern Europe and on to India and Nepal in 1967, Scaggs headed to San Francisco for a gig with the Steve Miller Band that was to last a year and include that band's first two albums. Next came a solo record, titled simply Boz Scaggs, which was made with the legendary Mussel Shoals rhythm section and featured the great Duane Allman.
Later, Scaggs returned to San Francisco to play the club circuit in the Bay Area. This led to a signing with Columbia Records that lasted some 20 years and produced nine records, notably the mid-seventies Slow Dancer and Silk Degrees, and then Middle Man in the 80's.
After a ten-year hiatus, Scaggs recorded four albums including the Grammy-nominated Come On Home, a blues and R&B collection that honored his musical roots, and the critically-acclaimed 2001 release, Dig which was, in his own words, "the best work of my life in music."
The current release, But Beautiful, sets another career standard. These are the vocals of an accomplished musician who has honed his craft over time and knows how to deliver a lyric; this is a voice enriched by time.