(Otis Gibbs is also an excellent photographer, visit his website for more of the same)
Otis Gibbs is one of the best things to come out of Indiana (and don’t give me John Cougar Mellencamp or Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s). His brand of protest song is a lost and dying art. In fact there are only a handful of modern singer-songwriters crafting such songs (Billy Bragg, Steve Earle and Neil Young come to mind). Otis’ new record is officially released in early 2009 but since it’s been quietly put up for sale on CD Baby Otis agreed to share one song with you (provided you immediately purchase the whole thing!).
“Caroline” is the story of a daughter of a miner who falls in love at 16 then marries an older man and her life spirals downward from there. It’s not overtly political like many of Otis Gibbs songs but it does portray life in a small town (one of these pro-America small towns I imagine). Otis Gibbs’ new record Grandpa Walked A Picketline is available now through CD Baby here.