OTIS “Eyes Of The Sun” | Purple Pyramid Records
by David LaDuke
Back in October of 2016 Guitarist Paul Nelson messaged me the following, “Thanks for turning me on to all this, Had a great time with Greg and Otis. In fact, he had such a great time he got them signed to Bullseye management, help them secured a record deal with Purple Pyramid Records (A division of Cleopatra) and even played on the album. Now OTIS are preparing to hit the European shores with their unique brand of down-home Southern fried Kentucky Rock, Blues & Roll. The band has already been paying their dues by doing road work with ‘Black Stone Cherry” and the Kentucky Headhunters’ here in the states. “Eyes Of The Sun.” showcases the band in a big way! Strong, solid musicianship of the highest caliber. Yes, I can hear the ZZ Topish influences, but there’s much more than that going on. Sounds of The Allman Brothers, Raging Slab, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd but believe me; this is an OTIS record! Each musician here complements each other. The guitar sounds and mixed is one to be reckoned. These guys are pros, and this album shows that from track one forward. Powerful, passionate vocals, damn beautiful harmonies, and some of the finest arrangements I’ve have heard in some time! The two guitarist jell very well with each other, and the rhythm section no doubt delivers a strong foundation and punch. 1st track ‘Change’ begins with a muscular Allman Brother vibe and some nifty slide work.
Track 2 ‘Blind Hawg’ is a hard rocking blues outing which includes some well-crafted hooks to reel you right in. Overall you have ten tracks of pure Southern-fried hard rocking boogie blues and one acoustic outing to lighten the load a bit. OTIS is the real deal and determined the south shall rise again. There you have it. I washed my hands in dirty water!