Otis Gibbs is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, and podcaster who has independently self-released records outside the traditional record industry.
Gibbs is originally from Wanamaker, Indiana, a town outside of Indianapolis, Indiana.
"Uncle" Brisco, a man who was dating Gibbs' aunt and was recently released from prison, watched a young Gibbs while his parents were at work and took him to honky-tonks where Uncle Brisco would play the piano and the young child (somewhere around 7 years old) Otis would sing for tips. Gibbs loved the experience. "Brisco agreed to let Gibbs continue to sing but made the boy promise he'd never tell Mom and Dad what they were doing."
Gibbs worked for over 10 years as a tree planter in Indiana.
Gibbs' songs feature themes about political and social issues. He has been compared to Woody Guthrie, Steve Earle, and Bruce Springsteen.
Billy Bragg included Gibbs' song "The Peoples Day" in a list of "Top Five Songs with Something to Say", published in the Wall Street Journal. Andy Gill of the The Independent wrote that there is a "authenticity and dedication in Gibbs' delivery which is somehow cleansing in its purity".
Gibbs tours Europe and the UK regularly.