Archive for the 'Shuggie Otis' Category

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Al Kooper gets a lot of flack for being a storyteller of the ‘That Fish Was This Big’ variety. As biographer Clinton Heylin (Dylan: Behind the Shades) would have it: “there are lies, damned lies, and Al Kooper’s recollections.” But what else, really, do you expect from someone who went professional at the age of […]

Friday, February 11th, 2011

The oldest cliché in rock is the casualty list. There are the high-profile heroes of misadventure: Buddy Holly, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan. There are those that couldn’t handle success and took the ultimate way out: Nick Drake, Kurt Cobain. But perhaps saddest of all are those huge talents who unaccountably chose simply to fade into […]

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Shuggie Otis’ afro is reason enough to give his music a spin. A weave like that has potential, after all. And as it turns out, Otis’ music is a lot like his hair: a lush dome of soul-funk. If you were familiar with Otis prior to the 2001 reissue of Inspiration Information, then you’re probably […]