Music Legend Shuggie Otis Lets His Guitar Take Center Stage On A New Fusion Rock Album INTER-FUSION
Though most known for his soulful songwriting and gentle croon as heard on blockbuster hits such as "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Inspiration Information," Shuggie Otis has long been held as one of the most innovative and tasteful guitarists to ever pick up the 6-strings, the "heir to Hendrix" as he is often called. A guitar-playing prodigy from an early age, Shuggie performed on stage and in the studio alongside his legendary father, bluesman Johnny Otis. Now, Shuggie has a new project that showcases just how mindblowing he can be on the pearly frets of his gorgeous maroon Gibson SG, an adventurous new fusion rock project called Inter-Fusion. The album consists of mostly instrumental tracks that groove and weave, taking unexpected turns in surprising directions but all anchored by one of the finest rhythm sections imaginable featuring drummer Carmine Appice (of Vanilla Fudge and Beck, Bogert & Appice) and bass player Tony Franklin (of The Firm and Roy Harper). In addition, keyboardist Kyle Hamood (of local L.A. rockers Them Guns) steps in as both a musician and producer of the album bringing the absolute best performances possible out of each player.
Reflecting on the recording process, Appice enthuses "This was one of the wildest sessions I've ever done in my career!" while Franklin had high praise for Otis, saying "Shuggie loved to jam, and was very open to everyone's input. He was not afraid to experiment and try new directions and sounds. I think the music sounds very fresh and alive." Additionally, Hamood summed up his thoughts on this unique experience saying "Watching the songs come together over such a short period of time, and the diversity that each band member brought to the overall sound and vibe was truly magical. It was an honor to work and create with such a talented group of musicians."
In a behind-the-scenes promotional video, shot by director Vicente Cordero, Shuggie likewise gushes over the project and his fellow collaborators saying in conversation with Cleopatra owner Brian Perera, "Wow! Did you know it was going to be this good? I know how good it is because I'm in the group. But you've seen a little bit of it, and I think you know, you feel the excitement, you hear how good these guys are. And they're really serious, not just some jive cats!"