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Shuggie Otis on World Cafe | October 4, 2013

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Blues and R&B musician Shuggie Otis is back with a new album for the first time in almost 40 years. For the reclusive Otis, the release of Wings of Love is major news. Its release is paired with his 1974 masterpiece Inspiration Information, which drew attention to Otis when it was first reissued by the Luaka Bop label in 2001.

Shuggie Otis' career began long before that; at 12, he was already performing professionally as a guitarist with his father's band. The elder Otis, who died last year, was an influential R&B pioneer.

On Friday's installment of World Cafe, Otis plays some of his recent material with his band — and talks about how he developed the cornerstone of Inspiration Information using a drum machine. (via World Cafe)


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Johnny Otis "Willie and the Hand Jive" The Capitol Years
Bo Diddley "Mona" Guitar Player Presents Rock: Legends of Guitar: The 50s, Vol. 1
Elvis Costello & The Roots "Walk Us Uptown" Wise Up Ghost
Shuggie Otis "Strawberry Letter 23" Inspiration Information 
((Shuggie Otis “Ice Cold Daydream” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Shuggie Otis "Tryin' to Get Close to You" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Shuggie Otis "Ice Cold Daydream" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Shuggie Otis “Inspiration Information” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Polica "Chain My Name" Shulamith
Andrew Bird "Fitz and Dizzyspells" Noble Beast
White Denim "Pretty Green" Corsicana Lemonade
Chris Isaak "Wicked Game" Heart Shaped World
((Girls “Curls” Girls))
The Decemberists "16 Military Wives" Picaresque
The Dismemberment Plan "Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer" Uncanney Valley
Garland Jeffreys "Any Rain" Truth Serum
Parquet Courts "You Got Me Wondering Now" Tally All the Things That You Broke
((The Ponys “Harakiri” Turn the Lights Out))
Franz Ferdinand "Right Action" Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Morrissey "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" Vauxhall and I
David Bowie "Starman" Ziggy Stardust
Air "Le Femme D'Argent" Moon Safari
Phosphorescent "Song for Zula" Muchacho
((The Flaming Lips “The Wizard Turns On” At War With the Mystics))
Laura Marling "Master Hunter" Once I Was an Eagle
The Postal Service "Such Great Heights" Such Great Heights
Jimi Hendrix "Angel" The Cry of Love
The Kinks "Sunny Afternoon" Face to Face
((Low Cut Connie “Rio” Get Out the Lotion))