Boz Scaggs (from the album Out of the Blues available on Concord Records)
For many musicians, influences can be traced back to first musical tastes. Albums that were painstaking studied to learn how the notes followed on another. Boz Scaggs grew up in Texas, soaking up Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Reed, and seeing Ray Charles at fourteen years old. Boz Scaggs gives back to the style, noting that the path his music has taken all leads back to the same source in the road-map title of his recent release, Out of the Blues. Backing Boz in the studio were guitarists Doyle Bramhall II, Ray Parker Jr. and Charlie Sexton along with Willie Weeks (bass), Jim Keltner (drums), and Jim Cox (keyboards).
Songwriter Jack Walroth lends his songs to Out of the Blues as well as harmonica work as a band member, pushing the engine with blasts on his tunes “Radiator 101” and chugging along with the rhythm and harmonies in “Rock and Stick”. Boz Scaggs covers tracks by Bluesmen Magic Sam (“I’ve Just Got to Know”) and Booby ‘Blue’ Bland (“I Just Got to Forget You”) as well as Neil Young (“On the Beach” on Out of the Blues.
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