Written by Giavanna Foster
Boz Scaggs finished recording Out of the Blues, a new blues album. Here’s the scoop:
Scaggs is the producer of Out of the Blues. Scaggs talks about his knowledge of the blues and his commitment to music, his first love, in the album trailer:
“When I grew up in Texas, all of the guitar players of my age seemed to have a history of T-Bone Walker, Lightning Hopkins, Freddie King, B.B. King… A lot of Jimmy Reed playing in the clubs when I was in high school… I got to see Ray Charles when I was, like 14 years old, my first concert,” Scaggs said.
Scaggs reveals that his album is connected with his Texas roots and blues influences. Bobby “Blue” Bland and Jimmy Reed are two of Scaggs’ biggest influences. Bland and Reed helped Scaggs discover his voice. Scaggs’ “Out of the Blues” features an extensive team of players: Ray Parker, Jr. on guitar, Willie Weeks on bass, Jim Keltner on drums, and Jim Cox on keyboards. Scaggs also called guitarists Charlie Sexton and Doyle Bramnall II because they would give the album the ‘signature Texas base’ it needed.
On July 27, Concord Records released Scaggs’ Out of the Blues. It is available to download on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Follow @bozscaggsmusic for more updates.