Saturday, September 14 at 8 pm (Main Stage)
If all you know about Boz Scaggs is his chart-topping, Silk Degrees, with hits like “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown,” you’d only be scratching the surface of what his music is all about. Let’s start with the blues. For Boz, that’s where it begins and ends. The guitarist and singer met Steve Miller when the two were students in Texas and playing in blues bands was where it was at for them.
He left school, first exploring the R&B scene in London, and then traversed the globe to find himself immersed in the groovy psychedelic happenings in San Francisco in 1967. There, he rejoined his buddy Steve Miller and appeared on the Steve Miller Band’s first two records. He recorded a number of albums that showed off his rich vocals and bluesy guitar work, but it wasn’t until 1976 when he released Silk Degrees that the hit machine was uncorked. The songs off Silk Degrees and the records that followed until 1981 served to define that era in music when soul, disco, blues and R&B merged into a silken sound that was hooky, danceable and beautifully played and produced. His groove was unmistakable.
His more recent work with artists like Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams is all rooted in blues and his other love, jazz. His latest record, Out of the Blues, is the third in an unofficial trio of records in which he bows deeply to his earliest influences in blues and rock and roll. The themes are familiar to blues fans — resilience in the face of loss (he lost everything in the Napa wildfires of two years ago), redemption and hope. He’s a legendary performer, songwriter and guitarist — it’s an honor to welcome him to the mountains.