A Conversation With Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs is both a musical seeker and a man of sizable talent as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His explorations in blues and R&B, Rock and Jazz have produced lasting work and a career that has brought with it acclaim, a loyal following and an enduring respect among musicians. Scaggs was swept away by music and radio, taking up the guitar at age 13. His guitar and voice provided his self-described “ticket to ride” as he left the states to travel to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In 1965, Scaggs began his recording career with a solo album for Polydor in Sweden. After a stint with fellow Texan, Steve Miller, on several albums, he signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and debuted with his self-titled album Boz Scaggs, produced by friend and Rolling Stone founder, Jann Wenner. With MEMPHIS (429 Records), his first studio album in five years, Scaggs looks back musically and biographically. He puts a distinctive touch on classics like “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Corinna Corinna,” and “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl,” as well as on a couple of originals. He recorded 13 tracks in only three days at the city’s landmark Royal Studios, where the late Willie Mitchell produced so many of Al Green’s and Anne Peebles’ legendary albums. Hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, Scaggs will discuss the many chapters of his career, his unique voice, and trademark sound. After the discussion, Scaggs will take audience questions.

Boz Scaggs' latest album MEMPHIS is available on