It’s impressive to think about all of the musicians Boz Scaggs has worked with over his career.
He went to school with Steve Miller, leader of the Steve Miller Band. Scaggs would ultimately play in Miller’s group on guitar, leaving after they recorded two albums.
Musicians who would go on to form the rock band Toto recorded on his mega-successful album “Silk Degrees.” He’s recorded with Michael McDonald, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Bonnie Raitt and many more famed artists.
While these musicians are all famous in their own right, Scaggs didn’t work with them because of their star power. All of these artists have a talent flowing through their veins, a passion for music that distinguishes them from their peers. Like Scaggs, they’ve spent decades being acclaimed for their musicianship.
And Scaggs has no plans to ruin his reputation by working with anyone who’s less than the best in their field.
So when people head to the Cheyenne Civic Center on Sept. 19 for Scaggs’ headlining performance, they’re in for a heck of a show.
“One of the most important aspects of what I do is being involved with the people I work with,” he said. “I’m touring with some amazing musicians, and I want people to see their skills. We do a variety of styles, so it takes a special musician to be able to perform all of those in one show.”
Scaggs described his concert as featuring a repertoire of dozens of songs. He and his backing musicians are having a great time performing a mix of songs from his latest record, 2018’s “Out of the Blues,” and his biggest hits like “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown.”
Plus, there will be a few surprises tossed the audience’s way. The set list varies from night to night, so his concertgoers will see something new and exciting at each show.
Scaggs has been entertaining music lovers for more than 50 years. He learned to play the guitar at 12, which was the same year he met the aforementioned Miller. While the two were in college, they played in various blues bands in Madison, Wisconsin.
As someone who’s always loved rhythm and blues, Scaggs went to England for a time in the 1960s to immerse himself in the country’s prospering blues scene.
However, by 1967, he returned to the United States and joined up with Miller again, playing guitar in the singer’s eponymous rock group, and playing guitar and co-writing on two albums.
Once he left Miller’s band, Scaggs set out on his own as a solo artist. He became a commercial success and critical darling in 1976 with the release of his record “Silk Degrees.” The track “Lowdown” ended up winning a Grammy for best R&B song.
In the 40 years since then, Scaggs has released more than 15 albums. His last three, “Memphis,” “A Fool to Care” and “Out of the Blues,” were collections of mostly covers of Scaggs’ favorite blues and R&B artists from the 1930s up to the 1970s. However, usually at least one or two original tracks by Scaggs ended up on each album.
While “Out of the Blues” has only been out for a little more than a year, Scaggs has no plans to slow down on writing, recording or touring. While other musicians in his age group are beginning to retire from touring or deciding to no longer record new music, he’s not one of them.
“These last few albums have really gotten me inspired to write some things,” he said. “So I’ve got three albums that I’m working on intermittently. I’ll be pretty busy touring until November, but then I’ll end up working on writing more. I’ll find the big picture and start to focus in more on it, choosing which one I want to work on first.”