One Day Our Whispers

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Otis Gibbs has a gritty vocal style that seems to automatically give his music an air of authenticity. Like Steve Earle or Tom Waits, this gives the impression of a man who carved his songs from hard-lived experience. The folk-country arrangements, from twangy steel guitars to backwoods mandolins, deepen these impressions on One Day Our Whispers. But Gibbs, like Earle, isn't just a good old boy, and has a thing or two to say about the world we all live in. "I Wanna Change It" gives a good impression -- at first glance -- of some rootsy, good-time love song with the refrain "I wanna change it with you." But the "you" of the song is the listener, and Gibbs' song ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Otis Gibbs has a gritty vocal style that seems to automatically give his music an air of authenticity. Like Steve Earle or Tom Waits, this gives the impression of a man who carved his songs from hard-lived experience. The folk-country arrangements, from twangy steel guitars to backwoods mandolins, deepen these impressions on One Day Our Whispers. But Gibbs, like Earle, isn't just a good old boy, and has a thing or two to say about the world we all live in. "I Wanna Change It" gives a good impression -- at first glance -- of some rootsy, good-time love song with the refrain "I wanna change it with you." But the "you" of the song is the listener, and Gibbs' song finally ends up as a rustic, post-millennium version of "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing." "The Peoples Day" makes this connection even more obvious with allusions to Big Bill Hayward, Mother Jones, and Sacco & Vanzetti, leading one to realize that Gibbs' real roots lie with Woody Guthrie, early Bob Dylan, and Nebraska-era Springsteen. Like Guthrie, though, Gibbs isn't just a pamphleteer, and he's perfectly capable of writing catchy throwaways like "Daughter of a Truck Drivin Man" and fine story-songs like "Get Me Out of Detroit." With a deep roots sound, One Day Our Whispers may end up in the country section of the local record store, but that's just because there's no category called socially conscious folk.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Benchmark (Soh)
  • UPC: 827322500120
  • Catalog Number: 225001

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Otis Gibbs Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ken Coomer Drums
John Byrne Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Dean Metcalf Upright Bass
Tad Armstrong Vocals
Jeff Downey Bass
Boyd Thaxton Mandolin
Tad Armstrong Vocals
Dean Metcalf Double Bass
Kevin Donelly Banjo
Amy Ashley Vocals
Wade Parrish Drums
Jeff Downey Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Jim DeMain Mastering
Marc Johnson's Bass Desires Engineer
Otis Gibbs Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jacob Belser Engineer
Eric Klee Johnson Engineer
Vess Ruthenberg Engineer
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