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Otis Gibbs is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, and podcaster who has independently self-released records outside the traditional record industry. Otis writes blue collar songs and looks like a cross between Casey Jones and the fourth ZZ Top member but he has a way with words that is comparable with Springsteen, Dylan and John Cash and any host of great wordsmiths before them. Not only is Gibbs an excellent songwriter and singer – with a voice like honeyed bourbon – he is a consummate showman in the old-fashioned sense of the word. His between song patter is as much part of the show as the tunes: Gibbs gives his music context by sharing his tales of growing up, the working life and the loves and losses inherent in life.
Set to release his sixth record ‘Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth’ in time for the UK tour, Otis continues to write and tour in the only way he knows how – why -- because he is someone who ‘does give a damn’
About the new record……While writing the songs on this record, I found myself thinking an awful lot about my father and how he encouraged me to do everything I could to pursue a creative life. He rode a Harley Davidson Chopper, sang along to Jerry Lee Lewis records and took absolutely no shit from anyone. The only job he ever enjoyed was driving a tow truck, but he couldn't support the family on just 85 cents an hour. He was convinced he'd finally hit the jackpot when he got a job throwing 100 pound bags of starch into boxcars for $1.85 an hour. Thirty years later, he retired with a worn out back, a bad shoulder and a cheap certificate in a cardboard frame. He once told me they were his "Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth."
I'm a hell of a lot more like my old man than I'd care to admit. Like him, I work for a living. My job is to make people feel something and that's what I've tried to do with "Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth." It's a record that I'm proud of and I believe it's my finest work to date. Thank you kindly for taking the time to experience it and I hope we might one day meet in person.
Thanks for giving a damn, -Otis Gibbs