Out of the Blues (album)

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Out of the Blues
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 27, 2018
StudioSunset Sound Studios
GenreBlues, rock, rhythm and blues
Length39:34 (standard edition)
LabelConcord Records
ProducerBoz Scaggs[1], Chris Tabarez (co-producer), Michael Rodriguez (co-producer)
Boz Scaggs chronology
A Fool to Care
Out of the Blues

Out of the Blues is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs.[2] The album, a mixture of vintage classics and four original compositions by close friend Jack "Applejack" Walroth, is the last in a trilogy that began with 2013's Memphis and continued with 2015's A Fool to Care.[3] The album contains covers of songs by blues musicians including Bobby "Blue" Bland, Jimmy Reed, Magic Sam, and Neil Young. It was released on July 27, 2018, on Concord Records. It reached number one on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Pop Matters7/10 stars[5]
American Songwriter4/5 stars[6]
All Music4/5 stars[7]
Elmore Magazine9.3/10[8]

The Associated Press writes, "Sometimes with more gloss, at times with more grit, but always with great feeling, Boz Scaggs has kept some form of the blues close to the surface during most of his career, which has already sailed past the 50-year milestone."[9]

Something Else writes that Scaggs is, "three for three. Long past the hit-making phenomena of the Silk Degrees years, Scaggs is still providing some very good reasons to keep listening to him."[10]

Charles Donovan on Pop Matters writes, "Despite its title, on Out of the Blues, Scaggs actually takes the listener back into the blues. For the third time in a row, he deftly avoids the pitfalls of making these sorts of albums by selecting unpredictable material. In fact, almost half the album is made up of new songs written by musician/friend, Jack Walroth."[11] He continues, "The Walroth material absolutely sparkles, with 'Rock and Stick,' the album opener, having the heat and smoothness of a sports car in the sun, and the kind of groove that will satisfy fans of Silk Degrees. Scagg's voice is affected by age but not to its detriment. It's the same voice with rougher edges, and rougher edges only serve to enhance this kind of music."

Track listing[edit]

1."Rock and Stick"Jack "Applejack" Walroth4:50
2."I've Just Got to Forget You"Don Deadric Robey2:57
3."I've Just Got to Know"Jimmy McCracklin4:10
4."Radiator 110"Jack Walroth4:08
5."Little Miss Night and Day"Boz Scaggs - Jack "Applejack" Walroth5:20
6."On the Beach"Neil Young6:33
7."Down in Virginia"Jimmy Reed - Manny Reed3:24
8."Those Lies"Jack Walroth4:31
9."The Feeling Is Gone"Don Deadric Robey3:36
Total length:39:34
Target exclusive bonus tracks[12]
10."Good Information" 
11."25 Years" 
12."Good Lover" 
Japan issue bonus tracks[13]
10."Good Information" 
11."25 Years" 


Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 163
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts) 105
Scottish Albums (OCC) 59
US Billboard Blues Albums[15] 1


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  2. ^ "Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Rock and Blues Muse". Rockandbluesmuse.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Blues Music: Top Blues Albums Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  5. ^ Donovan, Charles. "Review: Out Of The Blues". Pop Matters. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Boz Scaggs: Out Of The Blues « American Songwriter". American Songwriter. 2018-07-25. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  7. ^ Jurek, Thom. "'Out Of The Blues'". All Music. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  8. ^ Clarke, Tom. "'Boz Scaggs'". Elmore Magazine. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Associated Press". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Something Else". Somethingelsereviews.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Pop Matters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Boz Scaggs - Out Of The Blues (Target Exclusive)". Target.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Boz Scaggs - Out Of The Blues". store.universal-music.co.jp. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Out of the Blues - Boz Scaggs - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Blues Music: Top Blues Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-02.