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Splice Media Group: An Interview with Otis’ Guitarist – Steve Jewell

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Recently, Splice had the distinct pleasure to visit with guitarist Steve Jewell from the band Otis. Read what Steve had to say about his early days with Otis and how the band made their rapid climb in the music industry.

Splice: Hi Steve, thanks for letting Splice Magazine have a little of your time. Lets get right to it.Give me a brief history of the band and how you guys came together.

Steve Jewell: “Were all from South Central Kentucky. We all grew up knowing each other through our local music scene. In a small community, if anybody plays music around there you kinda know about it and everybody kinda knows everybody. We all have a very similar upbringing, we grew up playing with our fathers, family members, cutting our teeth on the same style of music from old country, southern rock, blues, bluegrass, all that good stuff. We’re going on 8 years as a band. We released our latest album back in September of 2017. We signed with Cleopatra Records out of Los Angeles, CA and Its been an incredible year and a half since we released it. We’ve toured a total of 7 countries and its been great.”

Splice: Do you have a favorite spot that Otis have been?

Steve: Definitely Germany. Germany was one of our favorite places, but all throughout Europe they have such a deep appreciation and love for music. It’s nothing for the people over there to take off work, use vacation time for a couple of days to follow a band around to 4 or 5 shows and just blow all their money on t shirts and CDs. It was really incredible. We then came back and did a full US tour and got to go out west for the first time. Going out west was something we always wanted to do.”

Splice: How would you describe the Otis sound using three words?

Steve: How’s four? Southern flavored blues rock.”

Splice: What bands or musicians were your influences growing up?

Steve: Definitely the Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Bill Monroe, a lot of blues music, old school R&B, a lot of the great 70s southern rock, and classic rock stuff from Deep Purple to Foghat, Zeppelin, and Grand Funk Railroad.

Splice: Is there a specific band or musician that made you want to play music and perform in a band?

Steve: “It was no doubt my father. My father is a guitarist and grew up playing music in bands. I remember being a very small child, going and watching my dad play various places and just being infatuated with the drums and watching the drummer play. I started out on drums when I was about 5 years old and then changed over to guitar when I was about 11. All 4 of us kind of have that in common was our fathers and other family members playing and growing up around music.

Splice: What kind of music are you guys listening to now?

Steve: A little bit of everything. We love roots music, and still listen to a lot of the same stuff we grew up on. Listening to bands like ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd and reading about them and listening to interviews of them talking about their influences which led us farther back and that’s how we ended up discovering who Muddy Waters was, an Ray Charles, Robert Johnson, and just keep going back like that. So we still listen to a lot of that great stuff but there’s still a lot of great stuff coming out today like our good friends in Blackberry Smoke and Chris Stapleton. One guy we really love is Nigel Hall.”

Splice: What bands would be on your “Dream tour”, whether you were just spectating or if you were also playing?

Steve: Definitely ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and I’d love it if Led Zeppelin would come back together and do a reunion tour with Jason Bonham, and with Otis opening, that would be pretty awesome.”

Splice: If you could collaborate with any artist outside of your genre, who would it be?

Steve: I really want to collaborate with Mike Campbell, that would be a dream come true. Maybe venturing a little bit farther out of our genre, definitely Marty Stewart and Kenny Vaughn, hard to think though, there’s so many people. I’d love to hang out, jam, or write with some people like Roger McQueen and David Crosby, big fans of those guys. Neil Young too. There’s also some phenomenal bluegrass people that I’d love to collaborate with like Sam Bush.”

Splice: What has been your favorite thing or the most interesting that to happen while touring?

Steve: Definitely just seeing the culture in the different countries of Europe was a complete mind-opening experience. It’s completely different that what you’re use to here in America. They’re so appreciative of the music and so locked in on the performance. Our last show of our European tour last year was in Vienna, Austria, I believe and before the show I got to watch our drummer eat a pizza that had squid on it, so that was really interesting! Something about drummers, they like to live life on the edge.”

Splice: Going back to your album, what’s your writing/ creative process like?

Steve: “I guess, naturally, since Boone and myself are the two guitar players, a lot of times we may individually be sitting around the house or something and come up with some licks or some riffs or an idea for a song, and sometimes Boone and I will get together and maybe work on some ideas. Then all four of us will come together at rehearsal and write songs that way. Every time we get in a room to practice and write its like four guys playing for their lives. We take it very seriously and try to write the best music that we possibly can. One thing we love to do is go out and play new material live and see how people react to it. How the audience reacts to us drastically affects our performance and what we do with the songs. We may play the same song every night but we don’t play it the same way every night.”

Splice: If you guys had to pick one of your songs that describes/ shows your sound the best, what would it be?

Steve: “I would like to say, off our latest question, I’d pick “Change”. It’s got that perfect blend of southern flavored blues rock and roll. I think it’s got a nice, energetic beat to it. Something that we strive to do and take a lot of pride in, from the lyrical aspect, we always strive to put a positive and uplifting message, and that song just simply speaks about change. We love having songs about picking each other up and and loving each other and we also like singing about just everyday stuff that everyone can relate to. I feel like “Change” is a relatable song from the lyrical perspective, has a positive, uplifting message, and the musicality part of the southern blues rock melting pot is a good representation of who we are and what we’re trying to achieve.”

Splice: Steve its been a pleasure chatting and learning about you and the band Otis. Thank you for your time and good luck on the Tour. We cant wait to see Otis live!

Catch Steve Jewell and the band OTIS live this week at Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills,Michigan February 15. They will be out on tour in support of their brand new LP “Eyes of the Sun” (Cleopatra Records).

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Classic Rock Deutschland

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We’re in the latest issue of Classic Rock Deutschland (Germany)!


Frankfurt, Germany: Had a great time!

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We had a great time hanging out at the session today!


Otis live in London – Promo Video

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OTIS will kick off their first European show at the Boston Music Room in London this Friday! If you like Southern Rock from Kentucky then don’t miss the show!

Classic Rock Magazine – Guitar Magazine – EAT MUSIC


Steve Jewell Interview – OTIS – Everyone Loves Guitar #168

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“The #1 thing that’s most important for a band’s development is…”

Steve Jewell Jr. from OTIS, today on Everyone Loves Guitar podcast #168, off to tour Europe!

This call is a virtual seminar on what it takes to succeed in the music business, and how bands need approach this with that goal in mind…

Was lucky to catch Steve right before he and the band are headed out of the country to start their European tour and then circle back to tour the states during the Spring & Summer season…

Top 5 things OTIS has done to differentiate themselves from other bands, the journey from South Central Kentucky to being signed with a major label, and more…

Listen:

Steve Jewell Interview – OTIS  – Everyone Loves Guitar #168

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A bit of fun

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So, we’ve been having a bit of fun making some promo videos for our upcoming Europe tour that starts in TWO WEEKS! And…. we just HAD to share one of our promo videos with you! Enjoy!
#theweatherforcast  #aBIGchanceofBluesRock
#hopeyourereadyEurope


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.

 


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…

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

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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

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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

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