It’s appropriate that Boz Scaggs’ new album is Out of the Blues, since the blues is what first sparked his musical career. Growing up in Oklahoma and Texas, Scaggs spent his teenage years immersed in the blues, R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll.
In 1967, Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band in San Francisco, performing on their albums Children of the Future and Sailor before launching his solo career, which garnered him massive commercial success. With chart-topping singles, Grammy®-winning songs and a fiercely loyal audience, Scaggs has spent five decades refining his approach. Now, he returns to Wente Vineyards with a finely developed stylistic mastery, playing audience favorite songs and new tunes that demonstrate now, more than ever, Boz Scaggs has found his voice.
Until now, it’s been easy to separate Aaron Neville’s career into two separate but equal strains: the funky stuff he’s favored when working with his esteemed band of brothers, and the angelic balladry you associate with him when he’s punching his own time card as a solo artist. Casual fans might admit they don’t know much — to borrow a phrase — about Neville’s musical center, but they’ve perceived a certain split in his career.
An education is about to be provided, then, in the form of Apache, a solo album that makes the case for Aaron Neville as the most holistic of soul men. Its hard R&B side matches anything the Neville Brothers ever recorded for true grit, while still allowing plenty of space for a singer who’s arguably the most distinctive vocal stylist on the planet to tell it like it is.
It may not actually replace a doctor’s care, but Apache will provide the elixir for just what ails a lot of music fans, whether it’s offering a contemporary spiritual as deeply felt and divine as “Heaven” or just providing the cure for a serious funk deficiency. With a voice and spirit that are that much of a salve, the artist whose nickname was “Apache Red” really is a one-man musical Red Cross.
Mercedes Benz is the official sponsor of the 2019 Summer Concert Series at Wente Vineyards.