Some people refer to Otis 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 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. Much of his work concentrates on the world that is ignored by pop culture. 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.
“Gibbs is a Midwesterner with a long beard, a trucker’s hat and and a bag of sharply observed country-rock songs, some far enough to the left side of the political fence to make him a spiritual descendent of Woody Guthrie and brother of Steve Earle.” -Larry Katz, THE BOSTON HERALD