Arizona Replublic - Boz Scaggs Interview
[By: Randy Cordova - Aug. 12, 2006]
In 1976, Boz Scaggs became a huge star with Silk Degrees, a classic example of tangy blue-eyed soul that sold more than 5 million copies. At 62, the singer-songwriter still tours, offering the hits (Lido Shuffle and Breakdown Dead Ahead are our favorites) among a tasty mix of blues and standards.
Q: Are fans receptive to hearing new music from you?
Boz: I don't know the answer to that question. Sometimes I play places and they just want to hear the hits. But in places like Dallas or Phoenix or San Diego, the audiences are musically a little hipper. They want to hear a little more progressive material sometimes.
Q: Do you get tired of the hits?
Boz: Not really. I have a great band and the arrangements evolve over time. What's the old proverb: "You can never step into the same river twice?" Every time you play, it's different. It really is.
Q: Do you ever play Lowdown but are thinking, "Man, I have to get home and feed the dogs and pay the bills?"
Boz: All the time. Well, not all the time, but sometimes, you just can't help it. You're just staring into space and it's hard to concentrate. I've never done it for a whole show. Usually it's just a fleeting thing, and you drift back into the present sooner or later.
Q: Silk Degrees is 30 years old this year: Does it feel like it should be that old?
Boz: It's strange how you revisit that kind of thing. I was in the studio the other day because we're going to release an anniversary edition of it. I listened to it and thought, "If I only knew then what I know." I like the music, but as a vocalist it's cringe city for me. I can't stand the way I sound.
Q: So you don't like listening to your old records?
Boz: I'll listen to old records, just not to mine.
Q: Your album of standards (2003's But Beautiful) was excellent. Do people come up to you with suggestions for the next volume?
Boz: All the time. Some are good.
Q: I have one. You should do Frankie Laine's We'll Be Together Again.
Boz: Ah! That's a very charming lyric. (singing) "Remember there's always tomorrow/So what if we have to part/We'll be together again." I like the Louis Armstrong version. Look when the album comes out next year. Maybe it will be on there.
We'll Be Together Again - Lyrics:
No tears, no fears
Your kiss, your smile
Now, there'll be times when I know you'll be lonesome
Some day, some way