A Fool To Care Boz Scaggs

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Album-Release:
2015

HRA-Release:
16.05.2019

Label: 429 Records

Genre: Blues

Subgenre: Bluesy Rock

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  • 1Rich Woman02:59
  • 2I'm A Fool To Care02:06
  • 3Hell To Pay06:16
  • 4Small Town Talk03:42
  • 5Last Tango On 16th Street06:26
  • 6There's A Storm A Comin'04:14
  • 7I'm So Proud03:38
  • 8I Want To See You05:42
  • 9High Blood Pressure03:36
  • 10Full Of Fire04:18
  • 11Love Don't Love Nobody05:10
  • 12Whispering Pines04:23
  • Total Runtime52:30

Info for A Fool To Care



Boz Scaggs follows up the chart topping and critically acclaimed, “Memphis,” (his highest charting record since the legendary Silk Degrees), with ‘A Fool To Care." Produced By Steve Jordan, the album boasts several new Boz originals, as well as a diverse range of R&B/Soul treasures. "A Fool to Care" features duets with guest artists Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.

The Grammy-winning rock icon Boz Scaggs blends rock, soul, jazz and R&B for this album of new material. Bonnie Raitt plays slide guitar and sings vocals on Hell To Pay while Lucinda Williams provides duet vocals with Scaggs on Whispering Pines.

A Fool To Care showcases the patchwork of influences and innovations that make up a Boz Scaggs album…and sees Scaggs letting loose and having some fun. You can hear that sense of fun, as well as his ability and willingness to wander in any musical direction throughout these twelve tracks. The inspirational heart of the album lies in the sounds of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that played such a vital role in shaping Scaggs' musical sensibility, but they venture forth boldly from there. Scaggs brings a sly drawl to a funky workout like Li'l Millet and the Creoles' "Rich Woman" and an elegant delicacy to the Impressions' "I'm So Proud." He easily negotiates the Latin flavoring of "Last Tango on 16th Street" and "I Want to See You," both written by San Francisco bluesman (and longtime Scaggs compatriot) Jack Walroth. Horns, strings, soulful background vocalists and guests like guitarist Reggie Young and steel guitarist Paul Franklin lift the album into the stratosphere.

"These 12 songs map out a concise history of American soul, with a heavy dose of New Orleans strut... Backed throughout by a stellar group of studio aces — guitarist Ray Parker Jr., bassist Willie Weeks and drummer Steve Jordan, who also produced the album — Scaggs’ well-worn, textured voice deftly navigates this range of styles." (Rolling Stone)

Boz Scaggs, vocals, guitars, backing vocals
Ray Parker Jr., guitars
Willie Weeks, bass
Steve Jordan, drums



Boz Scaggs
Born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio on June 8, 1944, he grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, where he spent his teenage years immersed in the blues, R&B and early rock 'n' roll. While attending school in Dallas, he played in local combos. After several years as a journeyman musician around Madison, WI and Austin, TX, Scaggs spent time traveling in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, eventually settling in Stockholm where he recorded the album Boz.

Returning to the U.S. in 1967, Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band in San Francisco, performing on that group's albums Children of the Future and Sailor, before launching his solo career with 1968's seminal Boz Scaggs LP, recorded in Muscle Shoals, AL for Atlantic Records. Scaggs continued to mine a personalized mix of rock, blues and R&B influences, along with a signature style of ballads on such influential '70s albums as Moments, Boz Scaggs & Band, My Time, Slow Dancer and 1976’s Silk Degrees. The latter release became a massive commercial breakthrough, reaching Number Two and remaining on the album charts for 115 weeks. It spawned three Top 40 hit singles: "It's Over," "Lido Shuffle" and the Grammy-winning "Lowdown." Subsequently, "We're All Alone” from that same album, would become a #1 single for Rita Coolidge. Silk Degrees was followed by the albums Down Two Then Left and Middle Man, and such hit singles as "Breakdown Dead Ahead," "Jo Jo" and "Look What You've Done to Me."

Despite his '70s successes, Scaggs spent much of the 1980s out of the music-biz spotlight, traveling, opening a family business, fathering young children and founding the San Francisco nightclub, Slim's, He returned to the studio after an 8-year hiatus and released, Other Roads, Some Change, Dig, the Grammy-nominated Come on Home, the unplugged Fade Into Light, the in-concert retrospective Greatest Hits Live as well as a stint touring with Donald Fagen’s New York Rock & Soul Review; all while continuing to maintain a loyal audience in the U.S. and overseas, particularly in Japan. A pair of albums of jazz standards, But Beautiful and Speak Low, the latter topping the Billboard Jazz chart, demonstrated Scaggs' stylistic mastery, as did the Southern-flavored Memphis and the rhythm & bluesy A Fool to Care.

"Music has been a constant companion and I'm feeling more free with it than ever," Scaggs comments. "I feel like I've found my voice through all these years, and I've gotten closer to where I want to be with my approach."

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