Boz Scaggs’ upcoming studio album, A Fool to Care, will be released next Tuesday, March 31, but the soulful singer is treating fans to a full preview of the record online now. The entire standard version of the album is streaming through Monday, March 30, at Amazon.com.
A Fool to Care was recorded over four days at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio, and includes guest appearances by Bonnie Raitt and lauded alt-country artist Lucinda Williams. Raitt lends her slide-guitar and vocal talents to an original tune titled “Hell to Pay,” while Williams duets with Scaggs on a version of The Band’s “Whispering Pines.” Accompanying Scaggs on A Fool to Care are such respected session musicians as bassist Willie Weeks, guitarist Ray Parker Jr. and drummer Steve Jordan. Jordan also produced the album.
The 12-track record finds Scaggs tastefully blending rock, soul, blues, R&B and jazz influences on the record, which is made up mostly of cover tunes, along with a couple of a his own new compositions. A deluxe version of A Fool to Care boasting three extra tunes can be purchased exclusively at Best Buy stores in the U.S. and BestBuy.com.
Scaggs has lined up a spring U.S. tour in support of the album that runs from an April 8 concert in Gainesville, Florida, through a May 24 gig in Modesto, California. Boz also is one of the many stars who will perform at the recently announced Brian Wilson tribute show, Brian Fest, this Monday at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.