Otis Gibbs is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, and podcaster who has independently self-released records outside the traditional record industry.
"Uncle" Brisco, a man who was dating Gibbs' aunt and was recently released from prison, watched a young Gibbs while his parents were at work and took him to honky-tonks where Uncle Brisco would play the piano and the young child (somewhere around 7 years old) Otis would sing for tips. Gibbs loved the experience. "Brisco agreed [to let Gibbs continue to sing] but made the boy promise he'd never tell Mom and Dad what they were doing."
Gibbs worked for over 10 years as a tree planter in Indiana.
Billy Bragg included Gibbs' song "The Peoples Day" in a list of "Top Five Songs with Something to Say", published in the Wall Street Journal. Andy Gill of the The Independent wrote that there is a "authenticity and dedication in Gibbs' delivery which is somehow cleansing in its purity".
Gibbs tours Europe and the UK regularly.
|2002||49th and Melancholy||Flat Earth Records|
|2003||Once I Dreamed of Christmas||Benchmark|
|2004||One Day Our Whispers||Benchmark|
|2008||Grandpa Walked a Picketline||Wanamaker|
|2010||Joe Hill's Ashes||Wanamaker|
|2012||Harder Than Hammered Hell||Wanamaker|
|2014||Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth||Wanamaker|
Gibbs does a regular podcast called "Thanks For Giving A Damn with Otis Gibbs" that features interviews with fellow musicians. Gibbs describes it as "a show that features your favorite musicians sharing road stories, tall tales and vague recollections. There’s no music, just lighthearted conversations." The podcast has been featured on iTunes’ “New And Noteworthy” and “What’s Hot” lists.
Gibbs currently lives in East Nashville, Tennessee with his long time partner Amy Lashley, a singer-songwriter and children's book author. Both Indiana natives, they settled in East Nashville in 2007 and live a quiet life with Iris the Dog and Baby Kitty. Their neighborhood in East Nashville is full of musicians and bands.
- Wolgamott, L. Kent (April 12, 2012). "Otis Gibbs to bring his acclaimed singer/songwriter roots music to Zoo Bar". Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, NE). Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- Lewis, Randy (12 January 2009). "Album review: Otis Gibbs' 'Grandpa Walked a Picketline'". Pop & Hiss The LA Times Music Blog. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
- Lankford Jr, Ronnie. "One Day Our Whispers". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
- Maclagan, Kirsty (9 May 2009). "Folk singer Otis Gibbs comes to West Coker". Yeovil Express. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
- Jurgensen, John (30 May 2008). "Songs With Something to Say; Rocker Billy Bragg on His Favorite 'Message Music'". Wall Street Journal. p. W.2.
- Gill, Andy (28 May 2010). "Album: Otis Gibbs, Joe Hill's Ashes (Wanamaker)". The Independent (London). Retrieved 9 July 2010.
- Gibbs, Otis (Project date: Jul 22, 2013 - Aug 22, 2013). "Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth". Kickstarter. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- Cornell, Rick (July 2, 2012). "Otis Gibbs: Interview Recap". Americana Music Show. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- Official website
- Otis Gibbs at AllMusic
- Otis Gibbs on SoundCloud: "Thanks For Giving A Damn with Otis Gibbs" podcast interview show
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