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Otis to play free concert Saturday to launch tour

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BY GINA KINSLOW gkinslow@glasgowdailytimes.com Jan 31, 2018

Otis, an up-and-coming southern rock band, will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rib Lickers Smoke Shack off Scottsville Road to launch their “Eyes of the Sun” tour.
Photo courtesy of Scott Willis

GLASGOW — Otis, an up and coming southern rock band with roots in Glasgow, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rib Lickers Smoke Shack off Scottsville Road in Glasgow.

The concert will kick off the band’s headlining of the Eyes of the Sun Tour, which will feature dates in the U.S., as well as Europe.

The band is touring to promote the release of its second album, “Eyes of the Sun,” which was released in September 2017 by Cleopatra Records.

Performing in Europe is something guitarist Steve Jewell says he and fellow bandmates are excited about and consider it to be a complete honor to get to do.

“We’ve watched Black Stone Cherry tour over there for years and the (Kentucky) Headhunters, recently, and it seems like in Europe they have a big love and appreciation for our style of music, so we are very excited to go over there and experience that,” Jewell said.

The band will play several dates in the U.S. before heading to Europe in March for two weeks with a concert at the Boston Music Room on March 2 in London and ending with a show at Arena Beisl on March 14 in Austria.

Otis will resume its U.S. tour on March 22 with a performance at The Local in Nashville.

The band will wrap up its tour in May at John Brown’s On the Square in Marion, Illinois.

Several of the tracks from the band’s “Eyes of the Sun” album are getting airplay in Europe, such as “Change,” “Blind Hawg,” and “A Loving Man,” which features Grammy-award winning producer Paul Nelson.

Nelson played for blues artist Johnny Winter and was part of Winter’s band when he recorded the album “Step Back,” which also won a Grammy.

He also produced Otis’ “Eyes of the Sun” album.

The band came to know Nelson after Boone Froggett, lead singer for Otis, and Greg Martin with the Kentucky Headhunters, attended a Johnny Winter concert about four years ago. Nelson was working as Winter’s manager at the time.

“When they met Paul and Johnny that night they gave Paul a copy of our first record and things just kind of progressed from there,” Jewell said.

Otis released its first album, “Tough Times: A tribute to John Brim,” in July 2014. Brim was born in Hopkinsville.

“We’re very excited to get back out and tour and hit the road, see a lot of our fans and meet a lot of new fans. Explore a lot of different cities and countries we’ve never been to before,” Jewell said.

Otis plans to begin work on a third album after the tour.

“Hopefully, we will be starting to get to work on that toward the end of this year or the beginning of this year,” he said.

In addition to Jewell and Froggett, the band also features John Seeley on bass and Andrew Gilpin on drums.

More information about the band can be found at www.theotisband.com.

 


Review: Music Street Journal | Gary Hill

Category : REVIEWS

Otis
Eyes of the Sun
Review by Gary Hill

If you dig a classic blues rock sound, there is plenty to like here. These guys almost feel like they should have been around in the 1970s. Yet, there is a crunchier, harder rocking edge than they would have had in that time period. This is a classic sounding album that has a freshness to its style.
This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018 Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 

 

Track by Track Review

Change
Bluesy rocking stuff, this is a classy number. There are hints of things like the Allman Brothers on this. Still, other elements seem like Lenny Kravitz.

Blind Hawg
Another blues rock tune, I love the guitar sound on this thing. The cut has a great vibe and a lot of energy.

Eyes of the Sun
There is some killer slide guitar built into this beast. Perhaps the blues influence is even more pronounced here. This is a hot and slinky number.

Home
Another stomping blues rocker, this might not be a big change, but it has a big sound.

Shake You
Another screaming hot stomper, this is another tune that makes me think of Lenny Kravitz in some ways. It can make out some hints of Grand Funk Railroad, too. Of course, this is more incendiary than either of those comparisons would indicate. There is a mellower jam mid-track that feels like something that could have come from the first Santana band.

Turn to Stone
A bit mellower, I don’t like this cut as well as I do the rest of them. It has a very classic sound, though. It just doesn’t seem to gel as well as the rest do. Still, there is some tasty guitar work, particularly the double soloing. A mellower kind of spacey jam at the end is a nice touch.

Washed My Hands
Although the basic concept isn’t changed, this is another killer blues rock stomper. It’s a screamer with both a powerhouse vocal performance and some meaty guitar work.

Lovin’ Man
In some ways this makes me think of early Aerosmith. I’m reminded a bit of ZZ Top, too. It’s all delivered with a very strong electric blues sound.

Relief in C
Starting with sitar, other acoustic instrumentation comes into the mix. This is set in a roots music vibe with almost a bluegrass goes Indian vibe to it. It really is a nice change of pace. This is the only instrumental on the disc, too.

Chasing the Sun
A slower blues rocker, this is classic stuff. I like it a lot. The guitar is classic. The whole cut really jams.

Let Your Love Shine Down
More of a soulful rocker, this has a classic rock vibe to it for sure. There is some more of that Allman Brothers thing in parts of this cut, particularly the involved jam late in the piece. I love the section with the multiple layers of vocals.


Top40-Charts.com Release

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~For Immediate Release~

Southern Rockers OTIS To Tour Europe & US In Support Of New Album “Eyes Of The Sun”

“Stunning” – Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top

From the American South, Kentucky, comes southern blues rock champions, OTIS, who released their critically acclaimed second album “Eyes Of The Sun” on Purple Pyramid Records in September 2017. The album was Executive Produced by Grammy winning Blues/Rock guitar great Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter, PNB). Now in support of the release OTIS is hitting the road in Spring 2018!

Says OTIS, “We’re excited to hit the road again to share our music with our fans all across the world by looking to the example set by fellow home town friendsBlack Stone Cherry andThe Kentucky Headhunters. Their guidance and support over the years has been very humbling for us and has helped us develop into the band we are today. We are thankful and blessed to be able to be ourselves whenever we get to play live onstage and that’s all that any artist could every really hope for. Can’t wait to see all of our Otis family on the road in Europe and the US in 2018!”

OTIS Europe & US Tour Dates:
02.03. UK London – Boston Music Room
04.03. NL Amsterdam – Melkweg
06.03. DE Düsseldorf – Pitcher
07.03. DE Hamburg – Hafenklang
08.03. DE Köln – Blueshell
09.03. DE Frankfurt – Nachtleben
12.03. DE Munich – Backstage Club
13.03. AT Klagenfurt – Mammut Bar
14.03. AT Wien – Arena Beisl

03/22 – The Local, Nashville TN
03/23 – Midtown Billiards, Little Rock AR
03/24 – XL’N Pool Hall & Club, Tyler TX
03/28 – Preservation Pub, Knoxville TN
03/29 – Sidetracks Music Hall, Huntsville AL 03/30 – The Hummingbird, Macon GA
03/31 – Thirsty Devil, Tupelo MS
04/04 – Backstage Lubbock, Lubbock TX 04/05 – Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque NM 04/06 – LoudHouse Rock and Roll Bar, Phoenix AZ

04/07 – Arcadia Blues Club, Arcadia CA
04/11 – Goosetown Tavern, Denver CO
04/12 – Duffy’s Tavern, Lincoln NE
04/14 – Gibson Music Hall, Appleton WI
04/21 – Riblickers Smoke Shack, Glasgow KY
04/27 – Dicks Tap & Shake Room, Cedar Rapids, IA

04/28 – Reggies, Chicago IL
05/18 – John Browns, Marion IL

“If ever there were a band to fill the new top spot in the Jam Blues Rock scene and the void left by loss of groups like the Allman Brothers… ‘OTIS’ is it. This tight unit of talent from the back woods Kentucky has everything it takes to become one of music’s next great classic Blues Rock Bands!”- Paul Nelson

The band has earned accolades from ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons who hailed the band’s “fine singing, sweet guitar tones…all around enjoyable listening!”

Check out the video for the band’s new single “Blind Hawg”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmOaiHc36_M

Deep in South Central Kentucky authentic music is alive and well through native musicians who are still testifying to brothers and sisters all around the world. OTIS has taken in a steady diet of Roots, Blues, and Classic Rock and Roll, and created their own unique sound. OTIS draws from the raw electric sounds of Muddy Waters and stirs in a heavy influence of Southern sounds, courtesy of The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and more. This sums up what the sound of OTIS is musically and gives a glimpse into the sound and soul of the four-piece band. The members of OTIS consist of Boone Froggett vocals/guitar, Steve Jewell guitar, John Seeley bass, and Andrew Gilpin drums. The members of OTIS share the same vision of writing and creating organic music while taking their audience to church by hitting on all emotions. If a stage filled with vintage music gear and Blues flavored Rock and Roll music is something you enjoy, then it’s time to drink from the healing waters of OTIS! The OTIS electric Rock ‘n’ Roll revival is coming soon to a town near you!

www.theotisband.com
https://otisbluesband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmOaiHc36_M

To purchase OTIS’s “Eyes Of The Sun”: Buy the CD: https://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Sun-Otis/dp/B073W334CW

Buy the digital version: https://itunes.apple.com/…/al…/eyes-of-the-sun/id1274340760…

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Southern Rockers OTIS To Tour Europe & US In Support Of New Album EYES OF THE SUN

Category : NEWS

Music News Desk Jan. 25, 2018

From the American South, Kentucky, comes southern blues rock champions, OTIS, who released their critically acclaimed second album “Eyes Of The Sun” on Purple Pyramid Records in September 2017. The album was Executive Produced by Grammy winning Blues/Rock guitar great Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter, PNB). Now in support of the release OTIS is hitting the road in Spring 2018!

Says OTIS, “We’re excited to hit the road again to share our music with our fans all across the world by looking to the example set by fellow home town friends Black Stone Cherry and The Kentucky HeadHunters. Their guidance and support over the years has been very humbling for us and has helped us develop into the band we are today. We are thankful and blessed to be able to be ourselves whenever we get to play live onstage and that’s all that any artist could every really hope for. Can’t wait to see all of our Otis family on the road in Europe and the US in 2018!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTIS Europe & US Tour Dates:
02.03. UK London – Boston Music Room
04.03. NL Amsterdam – Melkweg
06.03. DE Düsseldorf – Pitcher
07.03. DE Hamburg – Hafenklang
08.03. DE Köln – Blueshell
09.03. DE Frankfurt – Nachtleben
12.03. DE Munich – Backstage Club
13.03. AT Klagenfurt – Mammut Bar
14.03. AT Wien – Arena Beisl
03/22 – The Local, Nashville TN
03/23 – Midtown Billiards, Little Rock AR
03/28 – Preservation Pub, Knoxville TN
03/29 – Sidetracks Music Hall, Huntsville AL
03/30 – The Hummingbird, Macon GA
03/31 – Thirsty Devil, Tupelo MS
04/04 – Backstage Lubbock, Lubbock TX
04/05 – Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque NM
04/06 – LoudHouse Rock and Roll Bar, Phoenix AZ
04/07 – Arcadia Blues Club, Arcadia CA
04/11 – The Walnut Room, Denver CO
04/12 – Duffy’s Tavern, Lincoln NE
04/14 – Gibson Music Hall, Appleton WI
04/19 – Winchester Music Tavern, Cleveland OH
04/21 – Riblickers Smoke Shack, Glasgow KY
04/28 – Reggies, Chicago IL
05/18 – John Browns, Marion IL

“If ever there were a band to fill the new top spot in the Jam Blues Rock scene and the void left by loss of groups like the Allman Brothers… ‘OTIS’ is it. This tight unit of talent from the back woods Kentucky has everything it takes to become one of music’s next great classic Blues Rock Bands!”- Paul Nelson

The band has earned accolades from ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons who hailed the band’s “fine singing, sweet guitar tones…all around enjoyable listening!”

Check out the video for the band’s new single “Blind Hawg” HERE!

Deep in South Central Kentucky authentic music is alive and well through native musicians who are still testifying to brothers and sisters all around the world. OTIS has taken in a steady diet of Roots, Blues, and Classic Rock and Roll, and created their own unique sound. OTIS draws from the raw electric sounds of Muddy Waters and stirs in a heavy influence of Southern sounds, courtesy of The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and more. This sums up what the sound of OTIS is musically and gives a glimpse into the sound and soul of the four-piece band.

The members of OTIS consist of Boone Froggett vocals/guitar, Steve Jewell guitar, John Seeley bass, and Andrew Gilpin drums. The members of OTIS share the same vision of writing and creating organic music while taking their audience to church by hitting on all emotions. If a stage filled with vintage music gear and Blues flavored Rock and Roll music is something you enjoy, then it’s time to drink from the healing waters of OTIS! The OTIS electric Rock ‘n’ Roll revival is coming soon to a town near you!


PODCAST: Everyone Loves Guitar By Craig Garber

Category : NEWS

SINGS LIKE PAUL RODGERS, PLAYS LIKE PAUL KOSSOFF

Today, Boone Froggett from the blues rock band OTIS on Episode #140 of the Everyone Loves Guitar podcast.

OTIS is one of the most popular up and coming American blues rock bands around right now. Today, we got to sit down with founding member, Boone Froggett. Boone revealed that all the band members are concerned with, is “serving the song,” and how this allowed them to prosper and gain so much popularity, so quickly…

Why Boone only plays vintage gear, a cool story about how he found his 1968 Gibson ES-345 in Muscle Shoals…

What makes their newest album “Eyes Of The Sun,” so different, and much more…

Great, to the point interview. Listen NOW

Or on YouTube

Boone Froggett Interview – OTIS Guitarist – Everyone Loves Guitar #140


BallBuster Music: Quick-Tiques | Review by David LaDuke

Category : REVIEWS

Back in October of 2016 Guitarist Paul Nelson messaged me the following, “Thanks for turning me on to all this, Had a great time with Greg and Otis. In fact, he had such a great time he got them signed to Bullseye management, help them secured a record deal with Purple Pyramid Records (A division of Cleopatra) and even played on the album. Now OTIS are preparing to hit the European shores with their unique brand of down-home Southern fried Kentucky Rock, Blues & Roll. The band has already been paying their dues by doing road work with ‘Black Stone Cherry” and the Kentucky Headhunters’ here in the states. “Eyes Of The Sun.” showcases the band in a big way! Strong, solid musicianship of the highest caliber. Yes, I can hear the ZZ Topish influences, but there’s much more than that going on. Sounds of The Allman Brothers, Raging Slab, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd but believe me; this is an OTIS record! Each musician here complements each other. The guitar sounds and mixed is one to be reckoned. These guys are pros, and this album shows that from track one forward. Powerful, passionate vocals, damn beautiful harmonies, and some of the finest arrangements I’ve have heard in some time! The two guitarist jell very well with each other, and the rhythm section no doubt delivers a strong foundation and punch. 1st track ‘Change’ begins with a muscular Allman Brother vibe and some nifty slide work.
Track 2 ‘Blind Hawg’ is a hard rocking blues outing which includes some well-crafted hooks to reel you right in. Overall you have ten tracks of pure Southern-fried hard rocking boogie blues and one acoustic outing to lighten the load a bit. OTIS is the real deal and determined the south shall rise again. There you have it. I washed my hands in dirty water!

www.cleopatrarecords.com

www.otisband.net

Quick-Tiques | OTIS “Eyes Of The Sun” | Purple Pyramid Records
By David LaDuke January 5, 2018