First listen: Otis Gibbs – Harder Than Hammered Hell

Otis Gibbs is an old-school singer/songwriter. He sings of everyday folks,  the overlooked and underdogs and he blends the personal and political with ease. Otis is a  fine songwriter.

He has sacrificed many of the comforts most of us take for granted, so that he could live a creative life. Otis Gibbs has spent the last fifteen years travelling across America and the rest of the world documenting what he sees, and has a story to share about each stop along the way. He has been to Norway several times, but I’ve never had the chance to see him.

The new Otis Gibbs album, Harder than Hammered Hell, is now available to buy or stream via bandcamp. The Albums lyrics may depict peoples hardships (he writes great lyrics!) but the music is pleasantly melodic americana/blues and country.  It has very good melodies and Otis has a gruff but good voice, and this is the best I’ve heard him sing.

Have a listen:


About Otis Gibbs from Wikipedia:

Otis Gibbs is an American singer-songwriter. His songs feature themes about political and social issues, and he has been compared to Woody GuthrieSteve Earle, and Bruce Springsteen.[1][2] 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 is originally from Wanamaker, Indiana, and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Also by Otis Gibbs:

Year Title Label
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

– Hallgeir