Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...He walked onstage in a well-tailored, elegant black suit, oversized shades, and slicked-back hair, looking like he could be Prince’s father. Once he strapped on his black Les Paul and began leading his equally dapper band through its opening changes, you realized 59-year-old Shuggie Otis is truly the bridge between Prince and Sly Stone...."
"...That's the shorthand most commonly thrust upon L.A.'s Shuggie Otis, who released three kaleidoscope albums of blues, funk, and psychedelic soul in the early Seventies – each more layered, experimental, and acclaimed than the last – all before his 22nd birthday. For nearly 40 years afterward, he didn't release a single piece of new music and was rarely heard from at all..."
"...This week's issue features a great interview with Shuggie Otis by Thomas Fawcett. In 2001, Luaka Bop reissued an album's worth of songs by Otis that launched his comeback...."
"...Shuggie Otis Inspiration Information (Luaka Bop/Virgin)..."
"...Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (Epic/Legacy)..."
"...For the first time in the festival’s 12-year existence, satellite gigs are now posting up throughout the week and additionally in both Houston and Dallas, which means fans of Franz Ferdinand (Fri., Oct. 4, at the House of Blues in Houston) and Shuggie Otis (Fri., Oct..."
"...Those looking to catch up on the Chronicle Music desk’s personal hit list should look no further than ACL’s extensive soul shadow, which includes 59-year-old reissue Shuggie Otis; revivalists JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound; and the great D’Angelo, who, according to my buddy Pete, in attendance at the neo-soul man‘s Brooklyn Bowl appearance alongside Questlove in March, still sings like “raw, skin-peeling sex.”..."
"...B-side: "Strawberry Letter 23," Shuggie Otis..."
"...Honeycut. Hmmm as in how they spiral slice ham? When I gave these dudes a "Sleeper" in last week's Chronicle and compared lead singer Bart Davenport's velvet vocals to Shuggie Otis, I had no idea that the damn band covered "Strawberry Letter 23," I swear..."
"...Loudermilk's "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" soaks up Swann's creamy coo, yet it's the roots wag of "Tell It Like It Is" fitting the Bayou beauty like Aaron Neville. Candi Staton, the first (2003), longest (74 minutes), and last word of the series thus far, couldn't pass for Shuggie Otis, but the Afro might cause pause, as will a disc as persuasive as the funkman's Luaka Bop debut reissue..."
"...Six deep outside a tin shed hosting a HOF-caliber cavalcade of greats over the last decade – Shuggie Otis, Charles Bradley, Eek-A-Mouse – the mob scene for the weekend-one-only singer/bassist/producer resembled the return of Y2K to Downtown Austin. Of course the moment Los Angeles prodigy Stephen Bruner, 32, lit into his bass-n-drum soul-funk, the thinning of the herd began..."
"...From there, the guitar-slinger and his trio brandished three different shades of the blues: Near-rockabilly juke joint busters like “Shake,” from new sophomore studio LP The Story of Sonny Boy Slim; hot-buttered soul ranging from hip-shakers “Ain’t Messin’ Around” to Shuggie Otis-style crooners à la “Cold Blooded”; and unabashedly Hendrix (“When My Train Pulls In”). Clark and company were models of fire and skill..."
"...On their self-titled debut, producer Michael Collins and falsetto-freakin' singer Sasha Desree travel down a smooth if winding road, pedaling stripped-down funk and throwback boogie grooves. The origins of Silk Rhodes are alleged to have begun with recordings made on a desert sojourn in the back of a Honda CRV while a shared tab of acid and front-porch jam session birthed the disco-laced "Face 2 Face." Fueled throughout by a Fender Rhodes and thumping bass, "Pains" sears with a slow warble, while a buzzing sitar and lush harmonies bottle the psychedelic vibe of Shuggie Otis on "This Painted World." "Realtime" is a tip of the black hat to the King of Pop, and "Personal Use" morphs from a straight-up house tune into a stoned slow soul groove at the three-minute mark..."
"...Both weekends’ scheduling conflicts that will likely afflict most attendees arrive late in each day, with such quandaries as Houndmouth or Okkervil River, Justin Vernon’s Shouting Matches and the Bright Light Social Hour, a somewhat local sparring of Divine Fits and White Denim, and Neko Case versus soul man Shuggie Otis taking precedence over more easily delineated time slot stuffings like Red Baraat, Phosphorescent, and Tame Impala; Muse and Depeche Mode (pick your grandiose British pop era); and Wilco and Passion Pit (pick your disheveled frontman)...."
"...Also on the top tier comes Muse, Kings of Leon, Atoms for Peace, Lionel Richie, Phoenix, and Wilco. Other notables include Queens of the Stone Age, D'Angelo, Fidlar, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Kendrick Lamar, and Shuggie Otis..."
"...like stevie wonder, and shuggie otis and replacements and david axelrod and miles davis and the gun club and..."
"...12mid, Friends Bart Davenport's white-boy falsetto oozes Boz Scaggs with dollops of Lambchop and Shuggie Otis in this tuneful take on Seventies soul. Live, the manic fwapping of RV Salters on synth and Tony Sevener's concussive paw pummeling of an MPC (vs..."
"...On the title track, the once-inspiring MC even undermines his image as a conscious orator with dismissive words for those who think they can "change the world." Mos Def, meanwhile, casts himself as a renaissance man to the point that The New Danger is as overextended as it is self-indulgent. Former members of Parliament, Bad Brains, and Living Colour back Def, who proves himself an unimaginative rock singer on "Freaky Black Greetings" and "The Easy Spell." Worse, on "Blue Black Jack," the MC falls on his face as a bluesman, kicking tired clichés with reclusive funkman Shuggie Otis..."