Saturday, September 14 – 8:00 p.m.
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Legendary Grammy Award Winner
with Special Guest Rayland Baxter
William Royce Boz Scaggs began a long and storied career in 1965 with the release of his first solo recording, "Boz." Scaggs quickly developed into an iconic singer-songwriter, cutting his teeth playing with Steve Miller on several highly successful projects and honing his rock and R & B chops working with the likes of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman.
Scaggs hit it big in 1976, achieving multi-platinum success with Silk Degrees and its follow ups. Silk Degrees features hits like the Grammy Award winning "Lowdown" in addition to "Lido Shuffle," "What Can I Say" and the ballad "We're All Alone."
Scaggs then continued on a lauded and multi-genre musical journey with successes in film soundtracks including the song from the motion picture, Urban Cowboy, "Look What You've Done To Me."
In his new album, MEMPHIS, which came out in March 2013 on 429 Records, the Grammy-Award winning rock legend Boz Scaggs showcases both original songs and choice covers including "Rainy Night in Georgia," "Corinna Corinna," and "Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl. Produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer), Memphis was recorded at Willie Mitchell legendary Royal Studio in Memphis, where the late Mitchell recorded Al Green and other hit music artists. Joining Scaggs on MEMPHIS are Willie Weeks (bass), Ray Parker Jr. (guitars), Spooner Oldham (keyboards), the Memphis Horns, Lester Snell (string arrangements) and Steve Jordan (drums).
He and his band continue to tour worldwide and Scaggs also performs alongside Donald Fagan and Michael McDonald in their band billed as The Dukes of September. Within that collaboration, throughout his career and especially evident in MEMPHIS, Scaggs unique voice and trademark sound make plain his abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music.
Special Guest, Rayland Baxter is also appearing. Growing up, Baxter's father Bucky (a multi-instrumentalist for Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and Ryan Adams, among others) made sure music was just a natural part of life, a soundtrack to childhood."I grew up around pedal steel melodies," Baxter says, "not knowing how later in life it would shape me and how I sing or place lyrics in a song."
Baxter has since graduated from mustachioed indie-folk singer-songwriter about town, pusher of a self-released EP and go-to show-opener to the full-length national debut of an impressive batch of songs titled Feathers & Fishhooks
His songs are a calming force for anyone looking for change, for love, or wanting to walk in a different direction—because it was his own quest for all those things that motivated the music. "I had nothing to write about until I was 25. I had to live through a lot," he says, "and when I sing I don't hold back. I'll cry on stage if I came to it. It's an emotional release for me, and there's no makeup on it. It puts me at ease, and that's what I hope it will do for those who listen."