Boz Scaggs has good reason to sing the blues. Growing up in Oklahoma and Texas, he heard the blues on the radio. Picking up the guitar, he started playing blues because it was simple. Over his illustrious 50 year career he has returned to the genre again and again, becoming well versed in its history.
Then last year he lost his house in the October wildfires. "It simply all is gone", he told NPR. "It has you reaching for all sorts of answers and conclusions and ways to take it in."
"Out of the Blues" features covers of songs by Bobby "Blue" Bland, Magic Sam and Jimmy Reed, all blues hall-of-famers, and a beautiful version of Neil Young's "On the Beach", a song of loss.
Doyle Bramhall II, Ray Parker Jr., and Charlie Sexton help fill in the guitar attack on the album, with the great rhythm section of bassist Willie Weeks and percussionist Jim Keltner.
Boz performs at Rodney Strong Vineyards Sept 9th. And you can hear "Out of the Blues" on KRCB FM91