The son of renowned bandleader and musician Johnny Otis, Shuggie Otis began his incredible career at the tender age of 15, playing as a session guitarist alongside Al Kooper before releasing his first solo album Here Comes Shuggie Otis in 1970. The auspicious album was produced and arranged by his father and features a well executed set divided evenly between vibrant vocal numbers and tight instrumentals. The cast for the sessions included Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, Al McKibbon, Preson Love, Jackie Kelso, Plas Johnson and a string section.
"..."Oxford Gray" is second only to "Freedom Flight" as Shuggie's grandest stroke..."Jennie Lee" is noteworthy for its gorgeous strings and horns, darkened blues guitar, and Shuggie's Alan Toussaint-esque vocals, while "Bootie Cooler" brings standard Sly/Meters funk nodding to Shuggie's bouncy organ and Hammond overdubs. Namedropping his guitar influences (B.B., Elmore, Son House), Shuggie busts into a rolling blues shuffle on "Shuggie's Boogie." Elsewhere, the rolling horn section and syncopated guitar on "Hurricane" provide a gritty Stax/Volt spark, while "The Hawks" closes with a Memphis country funk feel." - Pitchfork