The Morton Report
April 3, 2015
Bentley's Bandstand: April 2015
Boz Scaggs, A Fool to Care. Sometimes an artist will find a true home after 50 years of exploring all kinds of landscapes. It’s often a place not that far from where they first started, and almost always a style that speaks directly to their heart. Boz Scaggs has found that place. On his new album, the Texan concocts a completely touching brew of rhythm and blues, soul, uptown ballads, and downtown grooves. Whether it’s on Li’l Millet’s “Rich Woman,” the Spinners' “Love Don’t Love Nobody” or the Impressions’ “I’m So Proud,” Scaggs’ rich and emotional voice captures perfectly what this music is meant to do — move the listener.
With producer Steve Jordan, it’s almost like alchemy what the singer and players come up with. When Scaggs is joined by Bonnie Raitt on his original “Hell to Pay,” sparks fly, and when Lucinda Williams steps in on The Band’s “Whispering Pines,” her breathtaking vocal causes spirits to get shaken up. Of course, there’s usually a left-field surprise to go along with all this greatness, and here it’s the British singer Richard Hawley’s “There’s a Storm Comin’,” where Boz Scaggs spins those silk degrees into pure gold. A soul man to the end.