Boz Scaggs brings 'Memphis' to MSU Riley Center

April 10, 2013

Jazz, blues, rock, R&B, soul—he has explored them all. And when Boz Scaggs decided to look back, musically as well as biographically, he returned to where it all began. “Memphis” is not only the title of the Texas native’s most recent album, but also the city of origin for his father, his grandparents, and his wife. Fresh off the release of his 17th studio album and first in five years, Scaggs brings the “Memphis” tour to Meridian’s Riley Center on April 19 for a 7:30 p.m. performance.

With producer Steve Jordan and a crack band he puts a distinctive touch on classics like “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Corinna Corinna,” and “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl,” as well as on a couple of originals. Thirteen tracks were recorded in three days at the city’s landmark Royal Studios, where the late Willie Mitchell produced so many of Al Green’s and Anne Peebles’ legendary albums.

In addition to touring extensively with his own band, Scaggs continues to work with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald as The Dukes of September, most recently playing a 47-city tour to rave reviews, performing their own material along with R&B and soul classics. Within that collaboration, throughout his career and especially evident in “Memphis,” Scaggs’ unique voice and trademark sound make plain his abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music.

Tickets are $69 and $63 at the MSU Riley Center box office, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.