The Gainesville Sun

April 3, 2015

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20150403/articles/150409828

 

Boz Scaggs will perform songs from throughout his career Wednesday

When Boz Scaggs sings, you can hear his entire life in his voice.

in the Steve Miller Band during the 1960s, to his successful solo albums of the '70s, to his self-imposed break from music during the '80s, to the loss of his son to a heroin overdose in 1998, Scaggs has been up and down and everywhere in between. That comes through on his new album, "A Fool to Care," which he is currently touring behind. He will perform at the Phillips Center on Wednesday.

"They say that in the human voice, you can hear things that aren't necessarily spoken," Scaggs said. "I think that everyone's experience probably comes through in a direct and also a very subliminal way. As a singer, my voice has changed a great deal from the time I first started. It's gotten stronger in certain areas, and there are periods where I am very challenged by the music."

At 70 years old, Scaggs still has the bluesy rasp to his voice that made songs like "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" huge hits in the '70s, but it is now backed by a lifetime of experience.

"It has been a very interesting trip," he said. "I came up in the late-'60s and '70s, and the music business was very different in some ways. The business was different, and I'm glad to make that distinction, because business is business, and music is music."

One change in the business has impacted Scaggs in particular — the rise of sampling in hip-hop and modern pop music. "Lowdown" in particular has been sampled dozens of times by artists like Snoop Dogg and Girl Talk.

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