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Boz Scaggs keeps the blues flame burning




Singer/guitarist Boz Scaggs' new album is titled
Singer/guitarist Boz Scaggs' new album is titled "Out of the Blues."
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On today's show:

Boz Scaggs still has a thing for the blues

(Starts at 7:40)

Almost 50 years after releasing his first album, the singer/guitarist continues to explore the music that has been a touchstone throughout his career. He talks about his new album, "Out of the Blues," with The Frame guest host, Steven Cuevas.

Young Jean Lee's unlikely take on 'Straight White Men'

(Starts at :45)

Playwright Young Jean Lee was born in South Korea and came to the U.S. as a toddler with her immigrant parents. So, of course she would write a play called “Straight White Men.” Actually, it’s in keeping with the New York Times’ description of her as "the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation" — “downtown” meaning New York’s off-Broadway experimental theater scene. But “Straight White Men” is Lee’s most straightforward play. It’s focused on a single father and his three adult sons who are home for Christmas. One of the sons is a middle-age underachiever who’s still living at home, which confounds his family. By examining his situation, the play challenges audiences to think about the privilege of being someone who matches the show's title. With the show just having opened on Broadway, we revisit John Horn's interview with Lee from 2015 when the play was produced at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City.

Max Richter's music to 'Sleep' by

(Starts at 18:40)

Most musicians would be upset if you fell asleep during their concert, but not Max Richter. You’ve heard his music in the TV series “The Leftovers” and “Taboo,” or his most famous piece, “On the Nature of Daylight,” which has been used in everything from “Shutter Island” to “Arrival.” He’s also written lots of contemporary classical music. And this weekend in Grand Park, he’s inviting people to come out to hear him perform one of his recent works — and to sleep. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving profiles the composer.