Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Otis Gibbs - 2009 - Grandpa Walked a Picketline

Otis Gibbs is a man in search of an honest experience. Some people refer to him as a folk artist, but that is a simplistic way to describe a man who has planted over 7,000 trees, slept in hobo jungles, walked with nomadic shepherds in the Carpathian Mountains, been strip-searched by dirty cops in Detroit, and has an FBI file. Otis has played everywhere from labor rallies in Wisconsin, to anti-war protests in Texas, Austria and the Czech Republic, Feed & Seed Stores in the Midwestern U.S. and in countless, theaters, festivals, bars and living rooms. Much of his work concentrates on the world that is ignored by pop culture. Sometimes forgotten, obsolete or simply marginalized, it is a world that doesn’t fit into a twenty-second sound bite or a White House talking point. Otis has spent the last fifteen years traveling across America and abroad documenting this world, and has a story to share about each stop along the way.

2009 - Grandpa Walked a Picket Line

Track Listing:

1.   Caroline
2.   Everyday People
3.   Sometimes Angels
4.   To Anyone
5.   Beto Junction
6.   Preacher Steve
7.   Damn Me
8.   Aint Nothing Special
9.   Ghost of the Domplatz
10. Long Black Thunder
11. Honey Please
12. Bury Me on a Rainy Day

Keeping with my Alt/Outlaw Country obsession as of late, here is another must have album from 09.  Just give it a listen, this guy is amazing.

Preacher Steve


  1. I fucking love Otis Gibbs. The singer-songwriter isn't dead, thankfully.

  2. Saw Otis in my small British town last year, a really charismatic & friendly guy, and a great songwriter!

  3. I too really enjoyed this album. I haven't had the chance to see him live yet.


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