Posted in music | tour dates on January 4, 2013

Shuggie Otis

As mentioned, cult psychedelic soul singer/instrumentalist Shuggie Otis, who released three solo albums including 1974's classic Inspiration Information (whose song "Strawberry Letter 23" you may recognize as the sample in Outkast's "Ms. Jackson"), is reissuing that album this year with bonus tracks along with a compilation of previously unreleased material recorded between 1975 and 2000 called Wings of Love. The albums come out April 16 via Epic/Legacy and can be pre-ordered now. That's the cover art above and the tracklists for both albums and a stream of Inspiration Information are below.

Shuggie announced a tour in support of the new album which hits NYC on April 19 at BB King's (tickets) and he's recently expanded it to include international dates and another NYC show happening much sooner at Highline Ballroom on January 10 with People Get Ready, Ofei, Joshua Nelson, and DJ Kool Herc. That show is being co-presented by Summerstage and Santa Monica Pier Curators and tickets are on sale now.

An updated list of dates, album tracklists, and streams are below...

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Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information Full Album

Inspiration Information Tracklist:
1. Inspiration Information
2. Island Letter
3. Sparkle City
4. Aht Uh Mi Hed
5. Happy House
6. Rainy Day
7. XL-30
8. Pling!
9. Not Available
10. Miss Pretty *
11. Magic *
12. Things We Like To Do *
13. Castle Top Jam *

* = Previously unreleased

Wings of Love Tracklist:
1. Intro *
2. Special *
3. Give Me Something Good
4. Tryin' To Get Close To You
5. Walkin' Down The Country *
6. Doin' What's Right *
7. Wings Of Love *
8. Give Me A Chance *
9. Don't You Run Away *
10. Fireball of Love *
11. Fawn *
12. If You'd Be Mine *
13. Black Belt Sheriff *
14. Destination You! *

* = Previously unreleased

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Shuggie Otis -- 2013 Tour Dates
01/10 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
02/23 - Mexico City, DF @ El Plaza Condesa
03/23 - Sydney, AU @ The Enmore
03/24 - Melbourne, AU @ Hammer Hall
03/26 - Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli Theatre
03/28-29 - Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Bay Bluesfest
03/31 - Tokyo, JP @ Billboard Live Tokyo (early)
03/31 - Tokyo, JP @ Billboard Live Tokyo (late)
04/01 - Tokyo, JP @ Billboard Live Tokyo (early)
04/02 - Tokyo, JP @ Billboard Live Tokyo (late)
04/14 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
04/17 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
04/18 - New York, NY @ BB Kings Blues Club and Grill
04/21 - Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
04/23 - Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
04/24 - Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
04/26 - Francisco, CA @ Mezzanin

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Comments (11)

this is huge. i would love to know how sounds live.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 1:49 PM

It's doesn't get more orange...Genius for real...

Posted by Fred Sanford | January 4, 2013 2:11 PM

needs a philly date at wcl

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 2:41 PM

i'm hesitant to go after reading about the absolute shit show train wreck that occurred during his performance in SF a few years back

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 2:54 PM

Just look on YouTube - tons of recent performances up there.
They are not San Francisco bad, but lacking some spark. It's early though and Shuggie's been away a long time . . .

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 2:56 PM

He did an LA show a month or 2 ago. It was a train wreck.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 3:47 PM


I heard he was yelling at his band before they got on stage at the LA show. Sounds great on paper but curious if this can work in the present day...

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 3:58 PM

Weird that "Strawberry Letter 23" isn't on the tracklist of the reissued version of Inspiration Information. I always thought Brothers Johnson wrote that song since their version is more popular but I guess I was wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 7:22 PM

Strawberry Letter is actually from Shuggie's Freedom Flight album but was included on the "Inspiration Information" compilation that Luaka Bop did way back when. So it make sense it wouldn't be on this issue.
Wish they'd put out the rarities separately.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 7:54 PM

I get it, being an intolerant prick and hating a thoughtful man is the new not being an intolerant prick and hating a thoughtful man.

Posted by Download FireFox 2013 | February 27, 2013 5:54 PM

I would love for him to play through Portland! I guess i’ll keep dreaming. Anyone else seen the EPK for this album? If not you should check it out: http://smarturl.it/Inspiration_Wings

Posted by Ross CMR | April 23, 2013 12:56 PM

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