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"CD Review - NY Times"

We're living in strange and unsettling times, but one of the things that can help us make it through the night or can call us to action is music. Otis Gibbs' music combines a multitude of influences from Jimmie Rodgers and Jack Keroauc to Butch Hancock and Bob Dylan. A troubador and self-described anarchist with the heart of a dreamer, Gibbs' compelling tales tell simple stories of false hopes, dejection and lost ideals.
He has brought folk music to the heart of the USA's "everyday people." His resurgence in the last few years, making spirited energetic smart music will connect with the nation.
Check out these lyrics from "I Wanna Change It," we fought in their wars sometimes we didn't know why / the rich got richer and the working folks died / I wanna change it with you. We need more musical artists like him to wake up the sleeping masses.
**Political Pick of the Week** - John Shelton Ivany


"St. Louis Post Dispatch"

"Otis Gibbs, a long-haired,
gimme-cap-wearing singer-songwriter from Indiana, looks very much like the working-class heroes he sings about. But what's more important is how clearly their voices ring out through his own gruff, gritty instrument."

- unkown


"Santa Monica Mirror"

"with his insightful songs and pleasingly raspy voice that could use a little WD-40, Gibbs doesn’t need much else."
- Santa Monica Mirror


"INDIANAPOLIS STAR"

"From crusty honky-tonkers to skeptical punk-rock kids, everybody seems to love Otis."

- Dave Lindquist


"ON MILWAUKEE"

"Otis Gibbs is a country rocker stripped bare. Just basic arrangements, unadorned vocals and simple story songs -- along with a good ol' Midwestern workin' man's populism -- make "One Day Our Whispers" one of the year's most satisfying musical meals." - ON MILWAUKEE


"F5 (Wichita)"

"Gibbs brings the themes together in a uniquely unified way, weaving love and politics and melancholy into one seamless portrait. Perhaps Gibbs achieved this because he sees each of those elements as part of the human experience. His own in particular."
- Jedd Beaudoin


"CITY BEAT (Cincinnati)"

"Gibbs is the real deal. You can fake a lot of things, but effective songwriting is not one of them."
- CITY BEAT (Cincinnati)


"HARP MAGAZINE"

" In troubadour Otis Gibbs, we may have found America's contemporary Billly Bragg. Not since late A&M period Phil Ochs have we heard such a distinctly American blending of the personal and the political" - Edward Burch


"NO DEPRESSION"

"It's the perfect mix of wit and grit." - Rick Cornell


"THE BOSTON HERALD"

"Gibbs is a Midwesterner with a long beard, a trucker's hat and and a bag of sharply observed country-rock songs, some far enough to the left side of the political fence to make him a spiritual descendent of Woody Guthrie and brother of Steve Earle. But it's the heart-touching humanity he displays that wins your heart." - Larry Katz


Discography

One Day Our Whispers - Full Length CD
Once I Dreamed Of Christmas - Full Length CD
49th & Melancholy - Full Length CD

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Bio

Otis Gibbs is a singer-songwriter based out of Indianapolis, IN who writes songs from the same place as Jimmie Rodgers, Townes Van Zandt, and Butch Hancock.

Otis has been everywhere, and he has a story he's willing to share about every mile he's covered over the years. Somewhere along the way, he's also managed to plant over 7,000 trees. He's sort of a cross between Woody Guthrie and fellow Hoosier Johnny Appleseed, sharing himself with the world in action and song. Nowadays you will most likely find Otis performing solo with his acoustic guitar. His songs seem most at home in an intimate environment. Punk rockers and 70 year old grandmothers alike claim Otis as one of their favorite artists and many fellow songwriters admire his ability to write simple and honest, yet poignant songs.