Otis

Otis, an up-and-coming southern rock band, will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rib Lickers Smoke Shack off Scottsville Road to launch their "Eyes of the Sun" tour. 

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GLASGOW — Otis, an up and coming southern rock band with roots in Glasgow, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rib Lickers Smoke Shack off Scottsville Road in Glasgow. 

The concert will kick off the band's headlining of the Eyes of the Sun Tour, which will feature dates in the U.S., as well as Europe.

The band is touring to promote the release of its second album, “Eyes of the Sun,” which was released in September 2017 by Cleopatra Records.

Performing in Europe is something guitarist Steve Jewell says he and fellow bandmates are excited about and consider it to be a complete honor to get to do.

“We've watched Black Stone Cherry tour over there for years and the (Kentucky) Headhunters, recently, and it seems like in Europe they have a big love and appreciation for our style of music, so we are very excited to go over there and experience that,” Jewell said.

The band will play several dates in the U.S. before heading to Europe in March for two weeks with a concert at the Boston Music Room on March 2 in London and ending with a show at Arena Beisl on March 14 in Austria.

Otis will resume its U.S. tour on March 22 with a performance at The Local in Nashville.

The band will wrap up its tour in May at John Brown's On the Square in Marion, Illinois.

Several of the tracks from the band's “Eyes of the Sun” album are getting airplay in Europe, such as “Change,” “Blind Hawg,” and “A Loving Man,” which features Grammy-award winning producer Paul Nelson.

Nelson played for blues artist Johnny Winter and was part of Winter's band when he recorded the album “Step Back,” which also won a Grammy.

Nelson was the executive producer on Otis' “Eyes of the Sun” album. Co-producer of the album was David Barrick of Glasgow. 

The band came to know Nelson after Boone Froggett, lead singer for Otis, and Greg Martin with the Kentucky Headhunters, attended a Johnny Winter concert about four years ago. 

“When they met Paul and Johnny that night they gave Paul a copy of our first record and things just kind of progressed from there,” Jewell said.

Otis released its first album, “Tough Times: A tribute to John Brim,” in July 2014. Brim was born in Hopkinsville.

“We're very excited to get back out and tour and hit the road, see a lot of our fans and meet a lot of new fans. Explore a lot of different cities and countries we've never been to before,” Jewell said.

Otis plans to begin work on a third album after the tour.

“Hopefully, we will be starting to get to work on that toward the end of this year or the beginning of this year,” he said.

In addition to Jewell and Froggett, the band also features John Seeley on bass and Andrew Gilpin on drums.

More information about the band can be found at www.theotisband.com.

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