At 61, Shuggie Otis is still restless and still inspired. Otis, who comes to the Continental Club Friday night, is experiencing a resurgence of his career with a new record deal with Los Angeles’ Cleopatra Records, and he is embarking on an extended tour that will see him pretty much cover the nation in the next two months.
“Man, I’ve got this great new band and I’m so excited to be back playing live,” says Otis from his L.A. home. “We’ve done three gigs so far, and people seem to love it.”
…”I love to travel, and in my early career a lot of times conditions just weren’t right for me to do a lot of touring on my own,” he said. “I’ve played for the door, taken my chances, but I didn’t always necessarily have the chance to play the way I wanted to. But now Universal Attractions has taken an interest in me and they’ve put together a really nice month-long tour of the States with good venues, good stages, and I’m honestly just very happy and excited. I really love it. If this goes well, we’ll probably do a European tour later this year.”
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Shuggie Otis has announced five more North American tour dates! The new shows will take place in late July through August as he visits cities in the United States and Canada. Visit the Shuggie Otis Events page for all the concert dates.
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.
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