4 Questions for Boz Scaggs
We caught up with the veteran singer-songwriter in anticipation of his upcoming show at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
After making his name leading the Steve Miller Band during the late 1960s, Boz Scaggs has established himself as an enduring institution of rock. The veteran singer-songwriter is perhaps best known for his 1976 hit “Lowdown” from his five-times Platinum album, Silk Degrees. In 2015, Scaggs released his 22nd full-length record, A Fool to Care. We caught up with Scaggs in anticipation of his September 14 show at the Tarrytown Music Hall, to get a sense of where the legendary rocker currently stands.
How did A Fool to Care come about? Producer and drummer Steve Jordan and I came up with the concept for these records. A Fool to Care is the second part of a trilogy, and the idea, in a broad sense, is to revisit the music that influenced me while I was coming up. We recorded A Fool to Care in Nashville, and we expanded a little more into the music of Louisiana and Texas, where I grew up.
What was it like to work with Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt on the album? I really don’t go out seeking duets. But when we were putting this record together, I had the chance to perform with Lucinda in San Francisco, and we hit it off pretty well and promised ourselves we would find another occasion to work together. Bonnie and I both live in Northern California, and I had a song in mind that we might do. It was a very easy and natural collaboration, and it was extraordinary working with them.
What do you have planned for your Tarrytown performance? It will be a smattering of things people expect to hear from me, as well as some bluesy songs. I am trying to play guitar more on this tour and trying out different styles. Tarrytown is a really good audience for me. They are people who, in many cases, go back with me a long way. And it’s also just a great music area, so I feel like I have a lot of flexibility to do whatever I feel like doing that night, and I can be a little more adventurous there than I might be in front of other audiences.
What lies ahead for you? I hope to record the last part of the trilogy in mid-August. It will be a continuation of what we started and wrap up of the whole idea. I have two albums in mind after I finish that one. One will go into standards. I am very excited about the second idea, and it will take me into the realm of some younger musicians I have worked with.