Otis, a southcentral Kentucky rock band that hails from the tiny hamlet of Sulphur Well, has signed its first record deal.
The band has entered into a contract with Cleopatra Records, a Los Angeles-based independent record label, to record its second album, “Eyes of the Sun.”
“We are very excited to be signed to Cleopatra Records,” said band member Steve Jewell Jr.
Joining Jewell in the band is Boone Froggett, Andrew Gilpin and John Seeley.
Such notable artists listed on its record label’s roster include Jimmy Page, Cactus, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and Quiet Riot, among many others.
“Eyes of the Sun” will feature all original music and is due to be released on Sept. 8.
“This album has elements of blues, rock and soul and southern roots,” Jewell said.
“Eyes of the Sun” will be available in local stores, as well as on iTunes.
The band filmed a video for the first single, “Blind Hawg,” to be released from the album in March at the Barn Lot Theater in Edmonton. A press release about the debut of the single is scheduled to go out in August, he said.
Earlier this year, the band thought there might be a possibility that Billy Gibbons with ZZ Top would appear on the album.
“Unfortunately, we were unable to get him,” Jewell said. “He’s been pretty busy. Maybe later on down the road.”
Jewell shared a message on his personal Facebook page in late April from Gibbons regarding the band’s first album, “Tough Times: A tribute to John Brim,” which was released in July 2014.
Gibbons stated in the message that he liked the album and that it was “stunning” with “all around enjoyable listening.”
Jewell came to know Gibbons through their mutual friend, Greg Martin, guitarist for the Kentucky Headhunters.
Otis, the Kentucky Headhunters and Black Stone Cherry all played a concert with ZZ Top in Bowling Green during the Lost River Music Fest in 2015.
Otis continues to play regionally. Upcoming performances for the band include the A Frame in Bowling Green with Captain Ivory on Friday, the Summer Jamz Music Festival on Saturday in Brownsville, Tennessee, Tidballs in Bowling Green on July 21 and the Garvin Gate Blues Festival in Louisville on Oct. 14.
More information about the band is available on its website at www.otisband.net.