Veteran vocalist Boz Scaggs has lined up a 20-city U.S. theater tour in support of his new Virgin album, "Dig." The tour kicks off Oct. 20 in Houston, and wraps Nov. 19 in Anaheim, Calif. "Dig," relea

Veteran vocalist Boz Scaggs has lined up a 20-city U.S. theater tour in support of his new Virgin album, "Dig." The tour kicks off Oct. 20 in Houston, and wraps Nov. 19 in Anaheim, Calif. "Dig," released last week, is Scaggs' first collection of original material in seven years.

By and large, the new album unfolds like an antidote to the trendy fodder that dominates the marketplace. "Quite frankly," Scaggs told Billboard last month, "I don't even consider things like trends. It's not particularly appropriate for me to get wrapped up in such things."

Yet "Dig" is etched with contemporary musical lines. The sleek jazz horns of "Miss Riddle" are countered by a subtle hip-hop groove, while the rock-flavored "You're Not" is distinguished by its futuristic backing-vocal distortions and layers of trippy, ambient synths. The artist notes the influence of the musicians and producers he invited to participate in the recording process.

He started by enlisting old friend David Paich (best known for his tenure as a member of Toto) to listen to early sketches of songs. After the two started fleshing tracks out, Scaggs lured veteran producer/guitarist Danny Kortchmar (Don Henley, Jackson Browne, James Taylor) onto the project's production team.

"It was the perfect combination of sensibilities," Scaggs says. "Both [Paich and Kortchmar] are extraordinary players who have become even better producers. Dave has a wonderful sense of melody, while Danny has a great edge."

Here are Boz Scaggs' tour dates:

Oct. 20: Houston, Texas (Aerial Theater)
Oct. 21: Dallas (Majestic Theater)
Oct. 23: Detroit (State Theater)
Oct. 26: Reading, Pa. (Performance Arts Center)
Oct. 27: Boston (Orpheum Theater)
Oct. 28: Washington, D.C. (Warner Theater)
Oct. 30: Verona, N.Y. (Turning Stone Casino)
Oct. 31: Philadelphia (Keswick Theater)
Nov. 2: New York (Beacon Theater)
Nov. 3: Atlantic City, N.J. (Trump Marina)
Nov. 4: Wallingford, Conn. (Oakdale Theater)
Nov. 6: Lakewood, Ohio (Lakewood Civic Auditorium)
Nov. 9: St. Louis (Pageant)
Nov. 10: Chicago (Vic Theater)
Nov. 13: Seattle (Paramount Theater)
Nov. 14: Portland, Ore. (Schnitzer Auditorium)
Nov. 16: San Francisco (Warfield Theater)
Nov. 18: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theater)
Nov. 19: Anaheim, Calif. (Sun Theater)