Singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs has been the prototype of "blue-eyed soul" since he started singing with Steve Miller's blues bands in Dallas in 1959. He did a stint in Europe, busking on street corners after his band the Wigs disbanded to form Mother Earth. Rejoining the Steve Miller Band in 1968, Boz departed to launch a solo career after two well received albums. Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone Magazine helped Scaggs get signed to Atlantic Records, and went on to work with acclaimed producer Glyn Johns after signing with Columbia in 1971.
Although music critics loved his work, big commercial success didn't arrive until his top charting "Silk Degrees" album in 1976. Singles like "Lido Shuffle", "Lowdown", "Breakdown Ahead" and "Jo Jo" still stand up to scrutiny, considering he co-wrote with David Foster of 80's L.A. session player super group Toto, who also served as his backing band in the recording studio.
Boz spent much of the 80's running his own nightclub "Slims" in San Francisco. Resurfacing in 1988 with a new album, he toured with Donald Fagen"s Rock and Soul review, and in 2012 as a member of the Dukes of September, whose principals include Micheal McDonald and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan.
Scaggs teamed up with ace drummer/producer Steve Jordan on his last two albums which feature collaborations with Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams. He is currently receiving great reviews for performances with his veteran band that includes an amazing guitarist well known to Utah audiences, Mike Miller. Performing at the Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series on Tuesday July 19, expect a great evening of high grade song writing, singing and monster musicianship. Tickets are still available on the Red Butte Gardens website. General Admission tickets are $45 for garden members and $50 for the general public. Doors open at 6:00, and "he's for the money, he's for the show" at 7:00.