Son of legendary R ‘n’ B bandleader Johnny Otis is a musical prodigy. His music has been described as a magical blend of Blues, Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul drawing comparisons to, “ Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Sly Stone, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mike Olefield, Grover Washington Jr Billy Preston, Funkadelic, Quincy Jones, Meters, Elton John and BB King ALL AT THE SAME TIME.” Soul-Patrol.com
Shuggie was only twelve years old when he first started playing night clubs with his father's band, "The Johnny Otis Show", with his father making sure he wore dark sunglasses at the gigs to ensure no-one would get curious about his age.
From the word go, Shuggie displayed an uncanny mastery of the blues guitar. He wrote “Strawberry Letter 23,” a world-wide multi-million selling single for the Brothers Johnson in spring 1977, and featured on Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats album. His Inspiration Information album from 1974 (being reissued with a set of sought after unreleased masters in 2013) has been lauded by many, including Prince, Lenny Kravitz and David Byrne as a cult masterpiece.
Although in recent years Shuggie has chosen to remain out of the spotlight, he continues to be revered through musical circles and hasn’t completely steered away from the world of music, performing with Mos Def in 2009 and playing electric guitar in Mos Def’s 2004 album, The New Danger.
2013 will be a big year for Shuggie and not to mention the many Shuggie fans who have been awaiting his return since he ‘retired’ when he was 22. Shuggie will not only be performing for the first time ever at Bluesfest, 2013 will see some of his first live performances outside of America in over 20 years . You can almost feel the excitement of Shuggie fans across the Country!