Otis Gibbs is often referred to as a folk artist, but that is a simplistic way to describe a man with an amazing past.
Harder Than Hammered Hell, is Otis Gibbs' sixth album, released this year. The album title was inspired by experiences Otis had when he worked as a tree-planter where his elderly co-worker would describe ground that is too hard to dig as, "harder than hammered hell." He would also use the phrase when referring to a difficult job, or a particularly tough person. Otis found it a fitting metaphor for the difficulties of leading a creative life.
If you like Woody Guthrie, Steve Earle or Bruce Springsteen, you'll love Otis Gibbs.