- 9 April 2015
Shuggie Otis has been making a well-deserved comeback, touring since the 2013 release of Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love. His show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in April 2013 was recorded, and this past fall he released those recordings as his first-ever live album, Live in Williamsburg, on Cleopatra Records.
- 22 September 2014
Shuggie Otis' first-ever live album, Live in Williamsburg, is due out on October 14 on Cleopatra Records.
This show was recorded at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 19, 2013, as part of his recent comeback tour. Otis played with a live band including his son Eric on guitar and his brother Nick on drums. (His son Lucky has also played in the band, although it seems that he wasn't involved in this particular show.)
This live CD will be followed by a DVD version of the same concert. Otis also has a new studio album in the works and more tours on the horizon.
1. Inspiration Information
2. Tryin' to Get Close to You
3. Aht Uh Mi Hed
4. Island Letter
5. Me and My Woman
6. Sparkle City - Miss Pretty
7. Sweetest Thang
8. Picture of Love
9. Wings of Love
10. Doin' What's Right
11. Shuggie's Boogie
12. Strawberry Letter 23
- 11 October 2013
In the end, Shuggie Otis and his band set a new standard for funk, soul and blues shows that's going to be pretty hard to beat. ... Shuggie's guitar solos were mind-blowing torrents of notes, delivered at hard-bop speed without sweating a drop. Both he and his wind section went to town with a range of complex harmonic relationships that would make Charlie Parker jealous. Otis may have played most of the parts himself on his albums, but his choice of bandmates couldn't have been more appropriate, and they followed his every move with incredible feel, making what was insanely difficult look easy.
Read the complete review at Nashville Scene.
Photo credit: Angelina Castillo
- 10 October 2013
Q: What did your father teach you about the blues?
A: That "feel" is the most important. You can play all the right notes with the wrong feel, and it won't sound right. On the other hand, you can play the "wrong" note with the right feel and make it work. That might sound confusing, but if I played what I meant, it would make sense.
Q: You were self-producing your own records in the '70s, about 30 years before that became a typical thing. What was the toughest part of that?
A: Convincing everyone else I could do it. HAHAHA! My father believed in me once he saw me in the studio and saw how serious I was. It took some convincing to make other people understand how clearly I knew what I wanted to achieve in the studio.
Read more from the Shuggie Otis interview at Nashville Scene.