Before you meet Shuggie Otis, you encounter the myth. The vanished genius worshipped by crate-digger cultists and waylaid by the industry — a psychedelic phantom sharing a bloodline with Brian Wilson, Arthur Lee of Love and Syd Barrett. Otis has a sphinxlike elusiveness. He answers questions circuitously and describes himself as neither having nor wanting many friends. He’s generous with his memories but only to a point.
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Get ready Chicago! Shuggie Otis has added another concert date at Lincoln Hall for April 16th. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 8th, at 12 p.m. CST at LincolnHallChicago.com. The show is in addition to Shuggie’s previously scheduled date on April 17th at that same venue.
Now, in 2013, Sony Records is gearing up to release a deluxe version of Inspiration Information, filled out with bonus tracks and an entire new album on a second disc. And Shuggie Otis is back. He’s launched his first-ever full-scale world tour, and on January 10th, he headlined a Summerstage preview show at the Highline Ballroom.
He plays guitar like Prince’s long-lost fairy godfather, caressing and rolling and bubbling and screaming. Wide-open runs melting into spirals of psychedelia and storms of rapid-fire fretwork. It’s like watching a bluesier Freddie Stone, a more flowing Eddie Hazel, the missing link between Hendrix’s lyricism and Vernon Reid’s technical skill. As a guitarist, he’s not only a virtuoso – he’s also a storyteller.
It was an amazing show, a triumphant return from a long-lost master. And yes, he played ‘Strawberry Letter 23′ as the encore. And yes, it was everything you could hope for.
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