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Shuggie Otis Playlist

1 Shuggie Otis Shuffle (with Al Kooper)

A child prodigy who immersed himself in countless musical instruments at a very early age, first played guitar at the age of six. His father, rhythm and blues pioneer, Johnny Otis says that his son was a natural musician as they come and with the added benefit of absorbing music from all the great blues and R&B musicians that came to his house, Shuggies musical vision blossomed.

At age 15, he was the featured artist on Al Koopers 1970 follow-up to his million selling "Super Session," an album called "Kooper Session Introducing Shuggie Otis." Otis wasnt a stranger to recording because it was in 1967 he made his recording debut with his father on the critically acclaimed blues album "Cold Shot." His solo projects include "Here Comes Shuggie Otis," "Freedom Flight" and "Inspiration Information." The latter has just been released on Luaka Bop and received a 4-star review in Rolling Stone.

This reissue has revived Otis career. In recent years, Shuggie has been living quietly here in Sonoma County occasionally playing with pickup bands, but the interest that surrounds "Inspiration Information" finds him getting glowing reviews in almost every major music publication, hitting the music charts and appearing on David Lettermans Show as well as Conan OBrien all in one week.

Shuggies ready to play, hes already played with everybody from T-Bone Walker to Frank Zappa, turned down gigs from The Rolling Stones to David Bowie. Hes always wanted his own identity. What we will witness today is the one and only, truly unique and quite exceptional . . . Shuggie Otis.

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