Shuggie Otis: 2CD Package, Tour Dates Confirmed


For more than four decades, Shuggie Otis has earned respect as a musician’s musician. His composition “Strawberry Letter 23,” a #5 Pop hit for the Brothers Johnson in 1977, is just the tip of Shuggie’s musical iceberg. He has won praise as a guitarist on projects with artists as diverse as his father, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame R&B pioneer Johnny Otis (1921-2012), Al Kooper, Etta James, Charles Brown, Frank Zappa, Chico Hamilton, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Mos Def, and many others.

But it was Shuggie’s third and final album, 1974’s Inspiration Information on Epic Records, that was destined to inspire at least two generations of admirers around the world. Widely regarded as a masterpiece, songs from the long out-of-print album have been sampled on pop hits including OutKast‘s “Ms. Jackson,” Beyonce‘s “Gift From Virgo,” Digable Planets‘ “For Corners,” and the list goes on.

Inspiration Information/ Wings of Love, a brilliant restoration personally supervised by Shuggie, arrives as a double-CD set on April 16, 2013, through Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

In this new package, the first CD will comprise the original nine-song Inspiration Information album, with the addition of four previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded in 1971. The second CD, entitled Wings of Love, is a new album of 14 previously unreleased live and studio tracks recorded by Shuggie between 1975 and 2000. This is the first new music that the world has heard from Shuggie since 1974.

The release of Inspiration Information/ Wings of Love caps an amazing new phase of Shuggie’s career, as he emerged from his quiet (but productive) seclusion in Los Angeles to complete this package and return to the stage.

After commencing this past November, “The Shuggie Otis Rite Tour” carries on through the winter and spring of 2013, beginning in Mexico, then Australia and Japan, culminating with a cross-country North American trip in April. The touring includes album release week shows in Chicago (Lincoln Hall on April 17th) and New York City (BB King’s on April 18th). (Please see itinerary below.)

Shuggie Otis Rite Tour

  • 01/10/13 Thu Highline Ballroom New York, NY
  • 02/23/13 Sat Plaza Condesa Mexico City, MX
  • 03/23/13 Sat Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU
  • 03/24/13 Sun Hamer Hall Melbourne, AU
  • 03/26/13 Tue Tivoli Theatre Brisbane, AU
  • 03/28/13 Thu Bluesfest Byron Bay, AU
  • 03/29/13 Fri Bluesfest Byron Bay, AU
  • 03/31/13 Sun Billboard Live Toyko, JP
  • 04/01/13 Mon Billboard Live Toyko, JP
  • 04/14/13 Sun Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
  • 04/17/13 Wed Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
  • 04/18/13 Thu B.B. King’s Blues Club New York, NY
  • 04/21/13 Sun Howard Theatre Washington, DC
  • 04/23/13 Tue The Triple Door Seattle, WA
  • 04/24/13 Wed The Triple Door Seattle, WA
  • 04/26/13 Fri Mezzanine San Francisco, CA

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