I went a little out of my way this weekend, so I could drive down Route 66 in Missouri. Best decision I made all week.

 

Beautiful old American Legion Hall on a very cold morning in Iberia, Missouri.

 

100 year old swinging bridge in Missouri. It’s 500 feet long, made of wood, wire and good intentions. It has gravel roads leading to each end. As I drove the car across, you could feel it swing back and forth. The boards are rotten and when you look down you can see the river rushing below. Not for the faint of heart. I recommend looking for videos on Youtube.

 

Abandoned gas station in Anna, Illinois.

 

Abandoned hotel sign in Anna, Illinois.

 

This is the hotel I stayed at in Osage Beach, Missouri. Super nice people, mom and pop owned. I’m happy to recommend it to others.

 

I stopped into Jonesboro, Illinois to visit the site of the third Lincoln vs Douglas debate. It’s a beautiful little town. It’s the sort of place you could talk me into moving to someday.

 

Jon Dee Graham sighting, backstage in Osage Beach, Missouri.

 

You can listen to Mount Renraw in it’s entirety on the player below. Please help us spread the word by sharing this with your friends and/or including Mount Renraw on your next Spotify playlist.

This is my love letter to the back roads and byways of old, weird America. From my new album, Mount Renraw (released January 13th, 2017). Thank you kindly for sharing this with your friends and helping me get the word out.  -Otis

Great American Roadside -Otis GibbsPosted by Otis Gibbs on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Some of you may remember that I recently turned 50. My friends told me to throw a party, but I'm not much of a party guy. I decided to celebrate by doing something creative. So, my buddy, Thomm Jutz brought over some gear and we celebrated my birthday by recording an album in my living room. It was my favorite birthday ever. I pulled together a few snapshots I've taken while traveling the back roads of America and put together this video thingy. The album is called Mount Renraw and it will be released in January, but let's be honest, I'll sell the dang thing to ya right now and get it to ya in time for Christmas. I'll post a buy link in the comments. This is a true grass roots effort, so I need your help getting the word out. Please share this with your friends and please share this with your favorite travel site/group.
Thanks for giving a damn,
-Otis