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Shuggie Otis; The Duke of Bachata; Tribeca Film Festival Preview

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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In this episode: Shuggie Otis — singer, guitarist, and son of Johnny Otis — is best known for his song, “Strawberry Letter 23,” which became a slow-funk hit for The Brothers Johnson in 1977. Now, the reclusive musicians’ musician has returned with a new collection of never-before-heard songs called Wings of Love. He joins us to share them.

    Plus: The Dominican Republic’s so-called “Duke of Bachata,” Joan Soriano, joins us to play in our studio.

    And: We get a preview of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and its music-oriented films. 

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        Shuggie Otis and Joan Soriano

        Shuggie Otis Spreads His 'Wings,' 40 Years Later

        Most listeners know Shuggie Otis from his song, “Strawberry Letter 23,” which went on to be one of the big hits of 1977 in a version by the Brothers Johnson. But Shuggie Otis also released three albums in the early 1970s, including Inspiration Information. Now, that record is being reissued, and with it, Wings of Love, an album of previously unheard song, is being released for the first time.

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        Tribeca Film Festival's Music Offerings: From The National To Elaine Stritch

        The Tribeca Film Festival, now in its twelfth year, kicks off Wednesday, April 17th. Genna Terranova, Director of Programming for Tribeca Film Festival, joins us to discuss some of the music-related offerings at the festival this year.

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        Joan Soriano: A Visit From The Duke Of Bachata

        It's not everyday that we get royalty in the Soundcheck studio. But that certainly was the case when Duke of Bachata, singer and guitarist Joan Soriano, dropped by to perform with members of the Soriano Family Band.

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        Gig Alert: William Tyler

        Guitarist William Tyler plays Mercury Lounge Tuesday night. Download “Cadillac Desert.”

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        Check Ahead: Luke Winslow-King, 'The Coming Tide'

        Slide guitarist and songwriter Luke Winslow-King fell in love with New Orleans more than a decade ago: It's the place where he created his joyful cross-pollinated sound. Hear his upcoming album in full.

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