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What Instrument(s) Do You Play
Guitar, Voice, Other
About Me
i write songs and sing them. for some strange reason there are people scattered across the usa and uk that actually listen to and enjoy these songs. i travel to these people whenever possible and stand in front of them for a predetermined period of time. they often applaud and hand me money. how bad can life be?
What city are you from?
wanamaker, indiana
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03/13/09Otis Gibbs in Denver, ColoradoSwallow HillUS
w/ The Lazarus Brothers
03/14/09Otis Gibbs in Denver, ColoradoSwallow Hill *Songwriting Workshop*US
Time: 11:30am. Sit down with Otis, ask questions and discuss the ups and downs of writing songs that reflect your value system. All skill levels welcome.
03/14/09Otis Gibbs in Fort Collins, ColoradoHouse ConcertUS
03/20/09Otis Gibbs in Austin, TexasJail Guitar Doors Showcase at SXSWUS
03/21/09Otis Gibbs in Austin, TexasJovitas *SXSW Twangfest Party*US

Netherlands Tour

03/29/09Otis Gibbs in Ottersum, NetherlandsCultureel Podium RoepaenNL
03/30/09Otis Gibbs in Eindhoven, NetherlandsMijnheer FritsNL
04/01/09Otis Gibbs in Deventer, NetherlandsBurgerweeshuis CaféNL
04/02/09Otis Gibbs in Amsterdam, NetherlandsOBA LiveNL
04/03/09Otis Gibbs in Lage Vuursche, NetherlandsConcert In The WoodsNL
04/04/09Otis Gibbs in Slotplaats, Bakkeveen, NetherlandsMuziekpodium BakkeveenNL
04/05/09Otis Gibbs in Amen, NetherlandsCafé de AmerNL
04/06/09Otis Gibbs in Bergen Op Zoom, NetherlandsCrossroads Radio at Het VestzaktheaterNL
04/10/09Otis Gibbs in Hoorn, NetherlandsPeticantus/Huis VerlorenNL
04/11/09Otis Gibbs in Herzele, Belgium“Lezen in de lente” at ‘t UilekotBE
04/12/09Otis Gibbs in Haarlem, NetherlandsPatronaat CaféNL

U.K. and Ireland Tour

05/01/09Otis Gibbs in Selby, Great BritainSelby Town HallGB
05/02/09 - 05/04/09Otis Gibbs in Kilkenny, IrelandKilkenny Rhythm & Roots FestivalIE
05/05/09Otis Gibbs in Brighton, Great BritainThe Prince AlbertGB
05/06/09Otis Gibbs in Nottingham, Great BritainThe MazeGB AND
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05/07/09Otis Gibbs in Leicester, Great BritainThe MusicianGB
05/08/09Otis Gibbs in Bristol, Great BritainThe Polish ClubGB
05/09/09Otis Gibbs in WEST COKER (Somerset), Great BritainThe Royal GeorgeUS
05/10/09Otis Gibbs in Exeter, Great BritainVoodoo Lounge at Exeter PhoenixGB
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05/13/09Otis Gibbs in Swansea, WalesThe ChatteryGB
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05/14/09Otis Gibbs in Basingstoke, Great BritainThe Forge at The AnvilGB
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05/15/09Otis Gibbs in Manchester, Great BritainThe Ruby LoungeGB

05/16/09Otis Gibbs in Newcastle, Great BritainThe Studio in Live TheatreGB
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05/17/09 - 05/18/09Otis Gibbs in Glascow, ScotlandGlasgow Americana FestivalGB
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05/19/09Otis Gibbs in Crewe, Great BritainCrewe Roots at The Horse ShoeGB
05/20/09Otis Gibbs in London, Great BritainWhat’s Cookin’ -Upstairs at The Sheep WalkGB

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#5 on the Americana Radio Chart!

I'm told that self released records don't break into the top 5 that often. Yay team and stuff!

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 12:27pm — 12 Comments

UK and Ireland (part 2)

Billy is an expert in the fine art of monotony breaking.

I'd like to go on record by saying that mince pie does not suck!

I don't know what it means but it looks serious.

One of my favorite parts of the tour was stopping off for "pub lunch". This is a part…


Posted on December 19, 2008 at 2:39pm — 1 Comment

UK and Ireland tour 2008 (part 1)

This is part 1 of the many disorganized posts that I'll be throwing together in the next few days. I'll be chronicling my month long tour with everyone's best friend, Billy Bragg.

The tour started out with United Airlines losing my luggage (it ended the same way). This is but one of many times that they've lost my luggage over the years. This made it impossible for me to change clothes for the first few days of the tour. I'm sure that I was pretty unpopular in the… Continue

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 2:59pm

<span style="font-weight: bold;">"Songs with Something to Say"</span>

Billy Bragg was nice enough to give me a shout out in the Wall Street Journal this weekend. I'm not sure that I deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Bob Dylan, The Clash, Chuck Berry and Sam Cooke, but I'm happy to take what I can get.

Thank you Billy!

Click here to read… Continue

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 6:22pm — 5 Comments

UK tour photos!

Hello friends-

File this in the better late than never category. I learned a few things while touring the UK. Blood Pudding is nothing that a Hoosier needs to partake in, Crumpets are everything that this man needs when he can't find a biscuit, The Clash played their first gig at The Boardwalk in Sheffield and Americans have no business driving in England! Now on with the photos!

Angel of the North -just outside of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Statues… Continue

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 4:09pm — 9 Comments

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At 9:36am on January 6, 2009, John Scot Sheets said…
Heh, I was a crappy neighbor.
At 8:05am on November 11, 2008, John Scot Sheets said…
Hey Otis, Stuart brought your new CD to Punkin Holler practice last night and we listened to the whole thing in my studio, it sounds great, especialy your guitar! It was so cool to listen to it the new old fashioned way (on a CD not mp3) for full Hi Fi fidelity. Congratulations.
At 3:23am on September 27, 2008, Freda Love said…
hi there. we just saw you're coming back to nottingham this fall. fantastic. it'll be great to see you then. if all goes well we'll be able to drink a toast to the end of the bush empire and maybe i'll feel a little less embarrassed to be american. fingers crossed, to say the least. see you soon!
At 1:28pm on June 19, 2008, Kelsey Simpson said…
Otis!! I haven't seen you in forever, how have you been? I've missed you! I heard you've been playing in all kinds of places.
- Kelsey Simpson
At 12:51pm on June 12, 2008, Phil Barcio said…
Hi Otis. How's yer house?
At 9:31pm on June 11, 2008, old gregg said…
hey brutha....hope life is treatin' ya well. Keep pickin' and grinnin'. Hope to hear from ya soon!
At 9:38am on June 6, 2008, Brian Brothers said…
Good to hear from you too! Glad things are going well. We miss you here in Indy, but I know you often miss the people, and not the least that is what I felt like when I lived in Chicago. I saw that you were playing up there. Have a good show. Let me know the next time that you are playing in Indy. Good Travels!
At 8:30pm on June 5, 2008, MichelleMarchesseault said…
Hi Otis, old neighbor... I don't know who would have a copy of this video.. I would say LonPaul would have known if anybody. I'll ask around. Thanks for the inetrest and say hello to Saugatuk MI. from me. I used to hang out there as a kid. Coming to Austin this year?
At 5:26pm on June 5, 2008, Evan Finch said…
Start with a guitar-shaped bathtub and work your way up.
At 11:34am on June 5, 2008, Evan Finch said…
You getting much feedback from that WSJ mention?

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