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Charting the Music: Otis Gibbs, 'Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth'

Charting the Music: Otis Gibbs, 'Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth' facebook.com/otisgibbs
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A storyteller in the tradition of Woody Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen, Otis Gibbs has released the new album "Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth," a collection of raw and honest tales of the common man and his trials and tribulations. His stories are clear, and he sings with such weathered emotion that you'll surely stop and listen to what he has to say.

In 10 tracks, Gibbs is able to convey so many stories with such imagery and detail each track could be a short film. The content of his tales -- paired with instruments such as the fiddle, banjo and pedal steel guitar -- will conjure up memories of drives through the mountains, summer nights on the porch and a big glass of whiskey.

88.1 Chart Position: #4 Americana, #18 Adult Album Alternative and #24 CMJ Top 30 for the week of August 26, 2014.

Record label, release date and producer: Wanamaker Recording Company released "Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth" on August 19, 2014; it was produced by Otis Gibbs and Thomm Jutz.

Can be heard on: "Steam Powered Radio" with Kelly Wells and "Feel Like Going Home" with Roy Kasten.

RIYL: Guy Clark, The Steeldrivers

Hometown: Wanamaker, Indiana

About the artist: Otis Gibbs was born in Wanamaker, Indiana. He started performing music when he was a young boy when he would sing for tips at local taverns and honky tonks with his uncle Brisco. He independently released his first album in 2004 after recording in his friend's laundry room. Since then, Gibbs has regularly toured America and the UK. (L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star) (CMT Artists)

Standout tracks: "Rust on My Spade" and "Back in My Day Blues"

What the artist says: "The songs on this album represent many things to me. While some are tributes to my father, others are stories of my travels and my no-nonsense way of living. Most offer a glimpse into the tiny portion of Middle America that I call home" (Esquire).

Did you know: Gibbs has planted 7,176 trees in his life. He reminisces on the experience in his song, "Rust on My Spade" (Esquire).

What the critics say: "Gibbs has been gradually expanding his audience since releasing 'Grandpa Walked a Picket Line' four years ago. This, if not his best then certainly his most immediate, should finally bring long overdue wider acclaim" (Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK).

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