William Royce "Boz" Scaggs started out as a hot guitarist — with the Steve Miller Band, no less — but soon became the missing link between AOR rock and Southern soul. He ultimately made his mark with his voice, a supple, growling vehicle that was less blue-eyed than smoke-gets-in-your-eyes. Often misunderstood as a yacht-soul skipper, Scaggs truly understood the power of rhythm; his era-defining hits — "Lido Shuffle," "Lowdown," "Breakdown Dead Ahead" — closed out the '70s with a reminder that the juke joint and the disco lounge needn't be antithetical. Since his heyday he's continued to cut memorable albums of savvy blues and crooning R&B; at the age of 72, Scaggs' cool, gritty delivery remains one of a kind.
Silk Degrees of Separation: Scaggs' biggest selling album, Silk Degrees, featured the band that would become Toto. Don't hold it against him.
Stream Boz Scaggs' "Lido Shuffle" below:
8 p.m. Tuesday, October 18. River City Casino and Hotel, 777 River City Casino Boulevard. $45. 314-388-7777.