It’s the Boz!

Meridian, Idaho

My favorite musical artist ever is Boz Scaggs.

bozI think I’ve been to less than a dozen concerts in my life, and over half of those were his. Amazing concerts. No chit chat, just song after song after song…

Carol and I even went to see him at The Mountain Winery (formerly Paul Masson) in Saratoga, California–the most scenic backdrop I’ve ever been to for a concert.

mountain-winery-headerRecently, Boz came out with a new CD: A Fool to Care. I was surprised because his most recent CD, Memphis, came out only two years ago.  (He once went nearly ten years between CDs. Painful for his fans…)

A Fool to Care is similar to Memphis in that the music is very different from his previous work. Very smooth jazz with a twang that’s hard to describe–part country, part Cajun, part ???

My favorite song of his from all time is Harbor Lights, but there’s a cover of a Rick Danko and Bobby Charles song, Small Town Talk, written in the early 1970’s on this new album that moving up close to number one.

Here’s an unplugged version for you to enjoy…

Small Town Talk

It’s all small town talk, you know how people are
They can’t stand to see, someone else doing what they like to
It’s all small town talk, you mustn’t pay no mind
Don’t believe a word, they try to do it everytime

You can’t believe everything you hear
And only half of what you see
And if you’re gonna believe in anyone
You gotta believe in me

It’s all small town talk, it’s well known fact
You don’t ever know, how one might react to what you’re thinking
And it’s small town talk, they tell alot of lies
Make some people crazy never realize that they’re sinking

We’re only two people, trying to live together
Trying to make something work
Who are we to judge one another?
That could cause alot of hurt

It’s all small town talk, you know how people are
They can’t stand to see, someone else doing what they want to
It’s all small town talk, you mustn’t pay no mind
Don’t believe a word, they try to do it everytime

6 thoughts on “It’s the Boz!”

  1. Gorgeous the first time and will be listening to this one more. Harbor Lights though….. Just can’t top that?

    1. Just counted and I have 26 Boz CDs including some imports.

      Have you even listened to Harbor Lights on headphones? Simply amazing.

      But there’s something about both the lyrics and the cadence of Small Town Talk that resonates with me. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve listened to it in the last few days. 🙂

  2. One of the greats. It makes me sad to see them age. Who will ever be so good again…….

    1. I was shocked to learn that he is 70. We’re all getting older and older and older… 🙂

  3. Kathy, I have loved Boz Scaggs ever since you (and Carol?) bought me the record “Middle Man”. Mom was appalled by the cover by the way and threw it away although she didn’t throw away the record. I have been meaning to buy the new CD, but I haven’t gotten around to it. I love “Small Town Talk. I am so jealous that you got to see him at the winery. I used to go to concerts there back when I lived in the Bay Area. What an intimate, beautiful venue. I have yet to see him in concert… sigh.

    I do love Harbor Lights, but it is hard to pick one song. Because of my name, I have to like “Jojo”. Also, Georgia, What Do You Want the Girl to Do, Low Down, Mixed up Shook up Girl, Lido Shuffle….

    1. You were the one who told Carol and I about the winery concerts. So thank you!

      I’m surprised that Mom didn’t throw the album away. I think she did with lots of Mary Lou’s albums… 🙁

      But, that being said, I can see where Middle Man was a bit out there for Mom’s tastes. 🙂

      Middle Man

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