Interview: Boz Scaggs
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:23:42
Boz Scaggs told us all about the making of his brand new album A Fool To Care in this exclusive ARTISTdirect.com interview. You know it’s Boz as soon as you hear that undeniable voice, and A Fool To Care definitely continues that tradition. That signature delivery sounds as vibrant as over the course of the record, which delightfully pays homage to the sounds of the South that have inspired him throughout his whole career. The man’s a legend for a reason. He consistently delivers!
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Boz Scaggs discusses A Fool To Care, the recording sessions, and so much more.
What ties A Fool To Care together for you?
We provide whatever cohesion there is by using the same rhythm section. This is part two of a process. We finished an album about two years ago called Memphis, which we used essentially the same rhythm section. By using the same producer, same artist, and same rhythm section, there’s a certain compactness and sound we get. The music itself is from all sorts of genres although a lot of it is based on the music that influenced me at an early age growing up in Oklahoma and Texas. It’s the music of Louisiana, Texas, and the South. That was pretty prominent in my early music experience. I’m drawing from that. It’s the vision of the producer Steve Jordan, myself, and the rhythm section, which gives it that quality.
Were the recording sessions particularly lively or intense?
The thing about the sessions is there is a lot of thought that goes into the songs we choose. We know the capability of the rhythm section. We can go just about anywhere, and we’re pretty sure it will come together. While it’s relaxed, we do a lot of work at once. We’re not worried if we’re going to do something right. We concentrate. For these sessions, we take four days to record all of the rhythm tracks and a lot of the overdubs. It seems relaxed in the room, but when everybody starts to get in on their instruments and focus on a new song, it goes very quickly. They’ve got the sounds pretty much. Then, Jordan and myself have some input about basic things like tempo and performing the song. We just hit it. It’s usually two, three, or four takes. That’s it. We take a break and do another one. It’s relaxed but intense.