Boz Scaggs will take center stage at Harrah's Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheatre on May 17. Tickets start at $30.
He was born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio, the son of a traveling salesman. The family eventually moved to Texas, where a schoolmate gave him the nickname "Bosley." Soon, he was just plain Boz.
After leaving school, Scaggs briefly joined the burgeoning rhythm and blues scene in London and sang in bands such as The Wigs and Mother Earth. He traveled to Sweden as a solo performer, and in 1965 recorded his solo debut album, Boz, which was not a commercial success. Scaggs also had a brief stint with the band The Other Side with fellow American Jack Downing and Brit Mac MacLeod.
Returning to the United States, Scaggs promptly headed for the booming psychedelic music center of San Francisco in 1967. Linking up with Steve Miller again, he appeared on the band's first two albums. After being spotted by Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, Scaggs secured a solo contract with Atlantic Records in 1968.
In 1976, he linked up with session musicians who would later form Toto and recorded his smash album Silk Degrees. The album reached No. 2 on the U.S. charts and No. 1 in a number of countries across the world.
Scaggs continued to record and tour sporadically throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He has semi-retired from the music industry, and now owns the San Francisco nightclub, Slim's. He tours each summer, has a loyal cadre of fans, remains hugely popular in Japan, and released a DVD and a live CD in 2004.
The man whose name can't be said without mentioning his signature tune God Bless The USA will headline at the Tropicana Express in the Pavilion Showroom on May 24 at 8 p.m.
Few artists have ever written a song that has become more a part of America's cultural landscape than Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA. If he'd never written or recorded another hit, Greenwood would have secured his place in music history with that powerful inspiring ballad.
God Bless the USA has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America, taking the top honor over God Bless America and the National Anthem, but it is only one of the many hits that have propelled Greenwood's successful career.
Along the way, he has won numerous accolades including two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association and the CMA Song of the Year honor in 1985 for God Bless the USA.
Early on, Greenwood lived in Los Angeles and recorded for Paramount Records, but admits those were lean years. Tired of struggling, he opted for the bright lights of Las Vegas where he became a popular entertainer. Famed country music manager Larry McFaden discovered Greenwood and brought him to the attention of MCA Records Nashville where he teamed with acclaimed producer Jerry Crutchfield to record his groundbreaking country debut album, Inside Out.
After more than a dozen years of relentless touring, Greenwood made the decision to scale back and spend more time with his family. These days he's most excited about two new recording projects. He's currently finished an album of pop standards entitled Proven.
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