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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeltung O Thursday August o 7A Attractions Boz Scaggs goes back to his roots By Michael Kinsman Copley News Service Bpz Scaggs has been recording music since the 60s and the singer is about to let the world in on one of his darkest secrets Every album Ive made is essentially the same he admits That is to say that the roots of are buried deep in his soul Each time I sit down to put together a song I borrow from the same Scaggs says I cant avoid doing that Those are the things that make you what you You always want to have that you can sink our teeth Today at 53 Scaggs doesnt let get too wrapped up with trivialities of the times Confident in his music he doesnt feel he has to prove anything to anyone Thats one reason why Scaggs chose recently to record Come on a collection of songs that have inspired him through the years j If youre around long enough I and establish yourself thats one j of the things you get to says Scaggs And when you get the chance youre excited because theres so many songs to choose Boz Scaggs whose new album a collection of R B tunes is entitled Come On Scaggs looked back at history and found many songs he to record In meetings with Harry Duncan the talent at Scaggs San Francisco Slims the list began to Jgrow s We had thousands of says It was really tough to decide what ones represented In the says he simply picked songs he liked to sing There are a couple of Bobby Blue Bland songs a Jimmy Reed song a Sonny Boy Williamson song a TBone Walker song an Earl King song and several others including four Scaggs originals I really wanted this just to be a collection of some of my first he says I wanted to do many songs than an album can holcCand I reallydidnt want to write any But persuaded to write at the 11th hour Scaggs sat down and pondered his challenge Songwriting for him he says is usually as easy as falling out of bed but this time he felt intimidated 1 had some really wonderful songs already on the album and it was as if I had to write some on the same stature or plane as he says Scaggs responded with some tasty songs of his own that fit right in with the classics After for example has the brooding quality of Stormy and a lightdimming sexiness to it This isnt an album you expect to see hits he says despite the fact that several of its songs are enjoying radio airplay This album comes from a place that is honest and secure It grooves and it has a sense of humor Its The current Scaggs show features 10 songs from his new album but he says he pulls songs from 1994s Some Change album as well as from his popular 1976 album Silk I play songs like Miss Sun and Look What Youve Done to Me because people expect he says Theyre good songs that hold up His current band also affords Scaggs the chance to dip far into his past for 1969s Loan Me a one of the most scintillating songs of that decade and an underappreciated classic that features some of guitarist Duane Allmans bestever guitar work Powered by a horn section and Allmans searing guitar Scaggs vocals on the original track define the classic version of Fenton Robinsons blues song The song was recorded at tiny Muscle Shoals Recording Studio in northern Alabama shortly after Scaggs left the Steve Miller Band for a solo career It was a magical Scaggs recalls of the Loan Me a session It a spcmtaneoiis decided to do the song and we talked about how wed approach it The studio was very small so we had to figure out how to get the right separation I wound up singing in the hallway next to the Coke machine and Duane was in the bathroom with his amplifier The guys who were playing horns worked out thejr parts as the Sling Blade9 a powerful film i By Robert J Hawkins Copley News Service Aw right then That Billy Bob makes one fine crazy man Mmmmmm humh Mrrmmrmrmrm I Whats the movie Sling f Blade Miramax R of course And Billy Bob is that balding f paunchy good old boy who earned an Oscar nomination for Best Male Actor for his portrayal of Karl Childers He won for Best Adapted Screenplay Thorntons physical transformation recalls that of Day Lewis as the twisted crippled Christy Brown in My IsLeft Foot metamorphosis through acting rather than prosthetics or digital image manipulation Karl is a middleaged resident of a mental hospital in the ward for the criminally insane Hes been there since he was 12 years old Thornton pours everything into the portrayal The head hangs slightly unhinged and turned to the left The eyes stare off into an indeterminate distance The lips are clamped together somewhere between a grin and a frown The shoulders are rolled forward and the pants are hiked up chesthigh Karls shirt is buttoned to his neck but youd never mistake him for a Friends regular He grunts blinks and pauses for an eternity before speaking then talks in a gravelly voice that is painful to hear at first Mainly though it is the hands the constant rubbing of the hands Hes only half as charming as Forrest Gump twice as slow in the head and with only a fraction of the good fortune Karls only good fortune is in being a smallengine repair savant and in meeting a little boy named Frank Lucas After 20 years in the hospital for slicing up his mama and the guy she was having sex with Karl is turned out into the humid insipid backwater South It smacks of the 1940s were it not for the late model cars He returns to the only town he has known and meets Frank at the laundromat Frank and his widow mom Linda Natalie Comerday adopt the mannerismenhanced teddy bear and put him up in the garage out behind their modest little house The extended family also includes the hometown Vaughan John and the redneck psychotic bully boyfriend Doyle Dwight It is ultimately a volatile mixture Karl is a pool of high octane fuel Doyle is a match poised to strike Doyles destiny is to kill someone small and innocent He is an arrogant heartless bigoted execrable character Certainly country singer Yoakams finest work to date Ritter too undertakes a remarkable transformation for his role His Vaughan is a fleshy geek with a big heart and way too many West Coast touchyfeelyisms in his vocabulary for a smalltown Southern cracker Thats an enlightening bit of film American Legion Post 179 4io w Coll New Across from the library 6250179 TeensCome Join the Fun Enjoy o safe funfilled plate to meet your friends every 2nd Friday of the month Mild DJ School attlrt rtqvirtd lokln Orodtt 5th 8th only Covtr Chgfat Join the Fun Friday August 711 For COMAL COUNTY 4H BENEFIT DANCE Chris Jones and The Texas Dance Band AUGUST 8 1997 to Midnight Comal County Fairgrounds Door Children 8 and under Free Ruffle Drawings at Each song was going along They were just whispering to each other where they would come in There was no But Scaggs hasnt included the 12minute song in live shows for many years It requires horns and I dont always have horns he says And theres never been a guitar player after Allman I thought could play it right Now Scaggs has guitarist Drew Zingg whom he met while playing in Donald Fagens New York Rock and Soul Revue and is excited to be playing the song again Its good to do that song Scaggs says You always want to have songs that you can sink your teeth GIFT BOOKS AVAILABLE AH shous before Adults Kids Seniors WALNUT 6 6296400 IH 35 and Walnut Ave The Best Pizza In PICKUP SPECIALS EVERYDAY v 6255165 1 George Of The Jungle SPAWN paKSB Men In Black PC 131 Doily J Doily Doily Picture Perfect 1 J Contact Daily I WO J Doily BRAUNTEX 6254411 290 Antonio Catfish Boat Enjoy Lunch For Less Great selection Money saving values Try our Luncheon Specials Monday Friday 11 3 OMAfS HAUS RESTAURANT Es Schmecfct 210 6253280 JUST OFF JH35 Exrr 189 ON Hwr 46 n i i i GYMNASTICS DANCE MAGIC BLACKBELT ACADEMY Registration Mon Tues August 11 From to ONE STOP SHOP FOR FUN AND FITNESS GYMNASTICS CHEERLEABING TUMBLING BALLET TAP JAZZ DANCE 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