I wrote a brief bio of Boz Scaggs in this post recently. I hadn’t really planned on writing about him – or for that matter follow up a blues post with a blues post – but I heard this new album (July 2018) of his and I dug it. Yes, at the grand old age of 74 years, Boz is still very much active, very much still churning out albums.
One writer said, “Long past the hit-making phenomena of the Silk Degrees years, Scaggs is still providing some very good reasons to keep listening to him.”
This new one – Out of the Blues – features a stellar cast of characters: Ray Parker Jr. (yes, the “Ghostbusters” guy), Charlie Sexton, and Doyle Bramhall II on guitars; Willie Weeks on bass and Jim Keltner on drums. And a couple of the songs were written or co-written by a harmonica player named Jack Walroth.
As it always is with Boz, his blues can be smooth or it can be down-home. The kick-off track, “Rock and Stick,” is on the smoother “radio-friendly” side but it’s a good one. And I love the way Boz throws his falsetto in there at just the right time:
You say you want to hear something a little more traditionally bluesy? Of course you do. Check out “I’ve Just Got To Know.” a song by a perhaps lesser-known blues guy named Jimmy McCracklin. That’s Jim Cox tinkling the ivories:
I’ll leave you with one more tune and if these three tunes don’t convince you to pick this bad boy up, I can’t help you. This tune is called “Radiator 110” and it’s got some nice harp on it:
Boz is on a roll as his last two or three albums all have gotten great reviews. Plus for good measure, he’s got a Live at the Fillmore West 1971 album that either just came out or was remastered. Any way you slice it, much good listening.