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Wizard of Boz

Boz Scaggs evolves along with his beloved R&B

But for most of the '80s and '90s, Scaggs took a much, much lower profile, releasing only two new studio records, several compilations and a collection of mostly R&B covers. He also took part in Steely Dan front man Donald Fagen's Rock & Soul Revue tour and record and scored a minor hit with "Heart of Mine."

Ideally, Dig will do for Boz Scaggs what Two Against Nature did last year for Steely Dan: reintroduce a venerable act to old fans and pick up younger new ones. The accompanying tour will combine a healthy helping of Dig along with the hits and rarities. "We don't have the set list down yet," he says, "but we're rehearsing a lot of things."

Scaggs says he has a lot of good memories of Houston, stretching back to his early- '60s St. Mark's sports clashes with St. John's. Later in the decade, he often returned to Houston clubs to see Bobby "Blue" Bland, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Johnnie Taylor concerts. "Those guys were my heroes," he says.

Boz Scaggs stresses that Dig is about the disillusioned and not what we think of as "losers."
Boz Scaggs stresses that Dig is about the disillusioned and not what we think of as "losers."

Scaggs also will appear in -- of all places -- an episode of Ally McBealon October 29. He performs "It's Over" in a club scene, and "Payday" is also on the soundtrack. "They called me up and asked if I wanted to do it. And well, I have this new record to let people know about," he laughs. "But then I found out that they also had people like Barry White, Tina Turner and Al Green on, and I figured that was pretty good company."

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