Shuggie Otis: Show Preview

For dedicated fans of '70s funk and R&B, Shuggie Otis is almost a mythical figure: An artist who arrived out of the box with jaw-dropping guitar and vocal talent, released a trio of largely beloved, offbeat funk/soul albums, and then more or less receded from public life. But his influence is still palpable. Otis' “Strawberry Letter 23” soared to the top of the charts and became a classic, even if it was the Brothers Johnson version, not his, that got the most attention. Regardless, Otis remains a treasure, and to celebrate the recent reissue of his excellent third album, Inspiration Information, he's hitting the road. If you go this week, don't be surprised if you see a few vintage R&B nerds with jaws on the floor and reverent looks in their eyes.

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