Thursday, December 1, 2011
Otis Gibbs "Grandpa Walked a Picketline" (2008)
The Woody Guthrie comparison is all too often used. It's a lazy music critic's shorthand for some vague socially conscious lyrics. Woody, of course, is seen as a giant in American folk music, & the comparisons are most often a stretch at best.
Otis Gibbs' music seems to be firmly rooted in the working class experience. Songs of people on the margins, who are working hard to get by, or in some cases unable to find work.
In this year of the Occupy protests, his songs seem even more topical & relevant. It's a shame that more people aren't familiar with his music. This is a fabulous album.