Otis Rush

Blues, Composer

1935 –

86

Who is Otis Rush?

Otis Rush is a blues musician, singer and guitarist. His distinctive guitar style features a slow burning sound and long bent notes. With similar qualities to Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his sound became known as West Side Chicago blues and became an influence on many musicians including Michael Bloomfield and Eric Clapton.

Rush is left-handed and, unlike many other left-handed guitarists, plays a left-handed instrument strung upside-down with the low E string at the bottom. He played often with the little finger of his pick hand curled under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this contributes to his distinctive sound. He has a wide-ranging, powerful tenor voice.

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Born
Apr 29, 1935
Philadelphia
Also known as
  • Rush, Otis
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Mississippi

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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