DALLAS – The AT&T Performing Arts Center announced today that “Boz Scaggs: Memphis Tour” will be performing at Annette Strauss Square in the Downtown Dallas Arts District at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. Patrons are invited to “party under the stars” and BYOB!
A casual listen to the Boz Scaggs discography makes one thing obvious: Boz Scaggs is both a musical seeker and a man of sizable talent as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His explorations in blues and R&B, Rock and Jazz have produced lasting work and a career that has brought with it acclaim, a loyal followin, and an enduring respect among musicians.
With “Memphis,”(429 Records), his first studio album in five years, Scaggs looks back musically and biographically. His father and grandparents are from Memphis, as is his wife.
“I had been thinking about a record that involved going back into my past and finding songs that match my style and my voice,” Scaggs said.
With producer Steve Jordan and a crack band he puts a distinctive touch on classics like “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Corinna Corinna,” and “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl,” as well as on a couple of originals. Thirteen tracks were recorded in three days at the city’s landmark Royal Studios, where the late Willie Mitchell produced so many of Al Green’s and Anne Peebles’ legendary albums.
Raised in small towns in Oklahoma and Texas, Boz Scaggs took up the guitar at age 13.
“As a kid in the fifties I was swept away by music and radio,” Scaggs said. “It seemed there weren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with that first wave of Rock and Roll coming out of (top 40 station) KLIF and (the local R&B station) KNOK. At night I had WLAC Nashville with deeper Blues and R&B out of the greater south, Jazz from Chicago’s WLS and out of Dallas on WRR an amazing show called Cat’s Caravan where the DJ Jim Lowe took us to school on Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Memphis Slim, TBone Walker and the Delta and Chicago masters. My high school friend Lewis MacAdams later wrote about that program, ‘I embarked on a journey each night into the life I wanted to live.’ That was me, too.”
William Royce “Boz” Scaggs started playing in bands during high school in Dallas in the Sixties. He entered college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and soon after decided instead to devote himself to journeyman playing around campuses and various clubs and resorts.
Scaggs’ guitar and voice provided his self-described “ticket to ride” as he left the States to travel in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He developed a club following in Sweden and began his recording career there in 1965 with a solo album for Polydor. Curiosity along with yearning for a Blues and R&B band brought him to San Francisco in 1967. After a stint with fellow Texan, Steve Miller, on several albums, he signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and debuted with “Boz Scaggs,” produced by friend and Rolling Stone founder, Jann Wenner.
Ticket prices range from $53 to $125 and can be purchased online at www.attpac.org, by phone at 214-880-0202, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.), or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 Preston Road.
Click here to watch a video of Scaggs performing "Lowdown" in 2004.
Click here to watch a video clip of the making of "Memphis."
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