REVIEW: Boz Scaggs “A Fool to Care”



kintsugiA musical icon that just doesn’t seem to get much attention anymore is Boz Scaggs. Boz is a surprisingly good guitarist and has this unique “soothing” voice. Fans remember know that he spent time with the Steve Miller Band, broke away and released the hugely successful, Silk Degrees album back in 1976, with such hits as: “It’s Over”, “Lowdown”, “What Can I Say”, and “Lido Shuffle’.” For what it’s worth, the session musicians Boz used on this album would later form the band, Toto.

The first time I heard Boz, was listening to “Somebody Loan Me a Dime” on Duane Allman’s Anthology album, released in 1972. The song with Boz doing the vocals and Duane lighting things up on guitar is still one of my favorite songs: it’s white man’s blues. Boz went on to tour with Michael McDonald, of Doobie Brother fame and Donald Fagen from Steely Dan for six years. Along the way he produced a fair amount of albums. Some were decent, but in 1994 he co-produced a new album “Some Change” with Ricky Fataar, formerly of the Beach Boys. Brooker T. Jones, without the MG’s and Little Feat’s Fred Tackett played on the record, with Boz getting back to his bluesy beginnings. A great collection of wonderful songs. “Lost It”, “Sierra”, and “I’ll Be The One” are all gems.

Boz to me was always like the time my doctor prescribed me medicine for a really bad cough. It happened to have codeine in it. I felt warm and happy. Boz has that same effect!

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The new Boz Skaggs’ album was released Tuesday (formally) and is “A Fool to Care”. This follows his 2013 release “Memphis”. Boz continues to lay down his easy-to-inhale brand of smooth, complex, jazzy home-grown distinctive deviated-septum-style voice in this new release. “A Fool To Care”. With help from Ray Parker Jr. on guitar and the master of studio pianos, Jim Cox, Boz has put together a collection of primo gems. Blues, 50’s rockabilly, Latin soul, Motown, and a stroll down a Parisian street in “Last Tango on 16th Street” with some wonderful bandoneon play (sounds like an accordion to me). There is killer country romp with Bonnie Raitt, on “Hell to Pay” plus an ending duet with Lucinda Williams that’s so raw it rips your guts out. Boz continues to play and produce music that fits his style and voice and gives fans a unique, relaxing, enjoyable journey. You’ll like this…

Boz Scaggs “A Fool to Care” Release Date: March 31, 2015.

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3 comments on “REVIEW: Boz Scaggs “A Fool to Care”
  1. I don’t know what the codeine haze feels like but I do know that the new album is vintage Boz – and that’s a good thing!

  2. Boz Scaggs? Ricky Fataar? Ray Parker, Jr? What decade is it?

    In all seriousness, I would also like to experience this codeine haze. I’ll have to check it out.

    Speaking of Ricky Fataar, let’s all stop and remember how he played Stig O’Hara in one of the best rock films ever, The Rutles: All You Need is Cash.

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