Boz Scaggs: Renowned Singer-Songwriter Under the Stars at Montalvo
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Two of the best singer-songwriters in blues and rock perform in the same night at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at Montalvo Arts Center. Taj Mahal is renowned for reviving the rural blues tradition and incorporating elements of world music into the traditional forms. Tunes like "She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride)" have become blues standards, and have have been covered in the film The Blues Brothers as well as by artists as diverse as James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Phish. Taj Mahal and his trio will share the bill with John Hiatt, whose lengthy career has made him a giant on both the rock and progressive country music scenes and earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. Over the years, he's been most successful at writing hits for other artists like Bonnie Raitt and Ronnie Milsap, but along the way he's developed a growing cult following drawn in by his earthy mix of rock, country, blues and folk. Learn More
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Very enjoyable evening. Shuttled parking was very well orchestrated. Boz Scaggs is timeless- his voice is as I remembered 30 years ago! He gave 2 encores. Back up musicians were wonderful, and his accompanying singer, Monet, brought the house down. Great evening.
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Superb venue. Boz Scaggs has an amazing voice that hasn't changed a bit. Back up singer was terrific too. An older crowd from upper 40's to 60's so made me feel young as I'm upper 40's. :) Everyone was well behaved except for one girl that was...continued
After first finding acclaim as a member of the Steve Miller Band, singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs went on to enjoy considerable solo success in the 1970s. Born William Royce Scaggs in Ohio on June 8, 1944, he was raised in Oklahoma and Texas, and while attending prep school in Dallas met guitarist Steve Miller. Scaggs joined Miller’s group the Marksmen as a vocalist in 1959, and the pair later attended the University of Wisconsin together, where they played in blues bands like the Ardells and the Fabulous Knight Trains. Scaggs returned to Dallas alone in 1963, fronting an R&B unit dubbed the Wigs; after relocating to England, the group promptly disbanded, and two of its members — John Andrews and Bob Arthur — soon formed Mother Earth.
Scaggs remained in Europe, singing on street corners. He also recorded a failed solo LP in Sweden, 1965’s Boz, before returning to the U.S. two years later. Upon settling in San Francisco, he reunited with Miller, joining the fledgling Steve Miller Band; after recording two acclaimed albums with the group, Children of the Future and Sailor, Scaggs exited in 1968 to mount a solo career.
With the aid of Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner, Scaggs next secured a contract with Atlantic. Sporting a cameo from Duane Allman, 1968’s soulful Boz Scaggs failed to find an audience despite winning critical favor, and the track “Loan Me a Dime” later became the subject of a court battle when bluesman Fenton Robinson sued (successfully) for composer credit.
After signing to Columbia, Scaggs teamed with producer Glyn Johns to record 1971’s Moments, a skillful blend of rock and R&B which, like its predecessor, failed to make much of an impression on the charts. Scaggs remained a critics’ darling over the course of LPs like 1972’s My Time and 1974’s Slow Dancer, but he did not achieve a commercial breakthrough until 1976’s Silk Degrees, which reached number two on the album charts while spawning the Top Three single “Lowdown,” as well as the smash “Lido Shuffle.” 1977’s Down Two Then Left was also a success, and 1980’s Middle Man reached the Top Ten on the strength of the singles “Breakdown Dead Ahead” and “Jo Jo.”
However, Scaggs spent much of the 1980s in retirement, owning and operating the San Francisco nightclub Slim’s and limiting his performances primarily to the club’s annual black-tie New Year’s Eve concerts. Finally, he resurfaced in 1988 with the album Other Roads, followed three years later by a tour with Donald Fagen’s Rock and Soul Revue. The solo effort Some Change appeared in 1994, with Come on Home and My Time: The Anthology (1969-1997) both released in 1997. The newly energized Scaggs spent the next few years consistantly releasing new material, including Here’s the Low Down, Fade into Light, Dig, and a collection of standards called But Beautiful. An expanded reissue of Silk Degrees and Runnin’ Blue (a recording of a 1974 performance) appeared in 2007, and Speak Low saw him reinterpreting a number of jazz standards in 2008.