GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's A Conversation With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Scaggs discussed how he discovered guitar, his experience collaborating with guitarists Steve Miller and Duane Allman, and the making of his 1969 self-titled debut album with producer and Rolling Stone co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner, among other topics.
"I got to make my first record with Atlantic Records through Jann and he was as good a producer as anyone could want," said Scaggs. "We really put ourselves very much in the hands of the engineer and the musicians at Muscle Shoals. Jann saw it through and he really put me on the map."
After recording two albums with the Steve Miller Band in the late '60s, the Ohio-born Scaggs released his debut studio album, 1969's Boz Scaggs, which ranked No. 496 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time list. Produced by Wenner, Boz Scaggs was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Ala., and features Muscle Shoals rhythm section members Berry Beckett (keyboards), Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass), and Jimmy Johnson (guitar), and Allman. In 1976 Scaggs released Silk Degrees, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and earned four GRAMMY nominations, including Album Of The Year. The album yielded four hit singles, including "Lowdown," which garnered Scaggs his lone GRAMMY to date for Best Rhythm & Blues Song. Scaggs followed with hit albums such as Down Two Then Left (1977), Middle Man (1980) and Come On Home (1997), the latter of which earned Scaggs his latest GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 40th GRAMMY Awards.
Produced by GRAMMY winner Steve Jordan, Scaggs' most recent album, 2013's Memphis, was recorded at the city's landmark Royal Studios and topped Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart. Memphis features 12 tracks, including original compositions and covers of songs by GRAMMY winners Al Green ("So Good To Be Here") and Steely Dan ("Pearl Of The Quarter"), among others.
Scaggs will kick off an international tour on April 11 in Australia, with dates scheduled through July.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include An Evening With John Németh And The Bo-Keys (March 17), Being Dionne Warwick (March 19), Spotlight: Jon Batiste And Stay Human (March 24), and An Evening With Blue Note Records (March 25).