Thursday, July 9, 2015

Boz Scaggs Brings 2015 Record A Fool to Care to Strathmore, August 4th

From our friends at Strathmore...

Beloved Singer-Songwriter Culls Southern Music Influences for Music Center Performance

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs, beloved for his involvement with the Steve Miller Band, brings his voluminous song catalogue from 21 solo records, including his 2015 album A Fool to Care, to the Music Center at Strathmore on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Recorded over a grueling four days in Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studio, A Fool to Care features covers of classic soul, New Orleans R&B, rock 'n' roll, and country songs, as well as new material, with guest appearances by such contemporaries as Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

After befriending Steve Miller in Dallas while attending prep school, Scaggs reunited with him years later as a member of the Steve Miller Band, recording two acclaimed albums - Children of the Future and Sailor - before exiting the group in 1968 to forge a solo career. A musician’s musician, Scaggs’ early solo efforts were critically heralded, including Boz Scaggs and Moments, and the LPs My Time and Slow Dancer. However, it wasn’t until 1976’s Silk Degrees, which spawned the Billboard top three single “Lowdown” and the smash hit “Lido Shuffle” that Scaggs experienced his commercial breakthrough. Released in 1977, Down Two Then Left was also a success, and 1980’s Middle Man reached Billboard’s top 10 with the singles “Breakdown Dead Ahead” and “Jo Jo.”

Scaggs went quiet, managing his San Francisco nightclub Slim’s, before resurfacing with the 1988 album Other Roads. Re-energized, he released Some Change in 1994, with the albums Come on Home and My Time: The Anthology (1969-1997) both released in 1997. The next few years saw consistent creative output from Scaggs, with releases including Here’s the Low Down, Fade Into Light, Dig, and a collection of standards called But Beautiful. A reissue of Silk Degrees and Runnin’ Blue appeared in 2007, and 2008’s Speak Low saw him reinterpreting jazz standards.

Released in 2014, Memphis is a collection of original and cover tunes meant to reflect the heritage of the Southern soul tradition in the 21st century. Scaggs latest effort, A Fool to Care, continues this tradition of culling and conserving influences of southern and Midwestern music influences, particularly those of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, all formative in Scaggs' personal and artistic development.

Strathmore Presents 
Boz Scaggs
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
8 PM

Tickets $38-$88

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The hallmark of the arts center is the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, one half-mile north of the Capital Beltway and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For those attending a ticketed performance at the Music Center at Strathmore, parking in the Metro garage is complimentary with your ticket.