Totally Otis is a 5-piece powerhouse playing a wide array of Rock, Dance,
Classic Rock, Funk, Southern Rock, and Soul from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's
Otis was formed when former Junction 299 members Marc Howell (Guitar), Rob
Dwyer (Bass), Marty Hobbs (Drums), and Tom Wilson (Keys) joined forces with
Hank Sinatra and Artimus Pyle Band guitarist Tommy Cooper The result..
a tight, skilled rock-n-roll machine with the skill, ability, and experience
to bring the house down!
hails from Rocky Mount, NC "The Rock". Now... there's
not a whole lot going on at The Rock, so rather spending his youth aimlessly
(and mindlessly) cruising up and down Sunset Blvd seeing the same people night
after night, or dropping quarter after quarter in the Donkey-Kong machine at
Dandy's Video Arcade, he chose instead to 'woodshed' up in his room and learn
how to play guitar. Since those days, he's been bashing out everything
from Speed Metal, Punk, Grunge, and Alternative to Disco, Funk, and Pop. …
and has been musically influenced by every last bit of it. After a
brief stint in a band with Marty (called Clementine), he played with Marty and
Rob in Junction299. Now, at the demise of Junction299, he's now looking
forward to ripping up with Totally Otis.
Rob was born
and raised by Red Wolves in and around Raleigh, NC. Found roaming
the rolling hills and creeks in the vicinity of Umstead Park and the
encroaching development of Medfield Estates, he was brought to
civilization in the late 60s and placed into the Wake County Public
School System. Between the 3rd and 7th grades
he wound up taking piano lessons to broaden his human horizons. He
ultimately turned his attention to the guitar in 1979 but since
several buddies from the neighborhood (as well as a few from his old
pack) could pick circles around him he decided to switch to bass in
1982, taking lessons from none other than ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill.
Well…the lessons were by way of vinyl but after getting Tush and the
like down he was on his way. Later efforts to imitate Steve Harris
and Geddy Lee only opened up new musical horizons for Rob, who after
a nearly 6-year stint with Junction 299 is now helping Marty keep
time with Totally Otis, coming to a juke joint near you! Viva
Canis rufus, my crepuscular brothers!!
Marty worked at a convenience store
while he was a senior in high school. One evening at work,
after staring down the barrel of a gun, he decided he did not want to ever
be around money again.
He turned to music. Although starving musician was never a career goal of
Marty's, it has been
much safer. To augment his income from music, he's a technical support
analyst for a software
company in Cary, NC.
It was at this software company he met Rob and Marc, both talented
musicians. In early 2009
Rob introduced us to Tommy Cooper another talented musician. As a result,
Totally Otis stumbled
Marty began playing drums at an early age after being influenced by the drum
solo in Iron Butterfly's
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." His musical influences have been numerous and varied.
have been critical - given the wide range of music and styles that Totally
Before Totally Otis, Marty has splintered, whittled and otherwise reduced
drumsticks to sawdust in
a couple of bands. Most recently Junction299.
mild-mannered real estate broker by day, Tommy Cooper turns into a
guitar-slinger for Totally Otis by night! A former member of local
NC favorites The Stegmonds and current member of original recording
act Hank Sinatra and Southern rockers The Flying Whales (featuring
Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle),TC handles rhythm and lead
guitar and backup vocals.
native of Cary NC and has been playing since age 14. He was
raised-up (as we say in the south) on everything from NC/SC beach
music and the soul/funk sounds of James Brown, Motown and Parliament
to the southern rock sounds of The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd
Skynyrd and all of the way through the Classic Rock spectrum to the
reggae vibe of Jamaica.
As a member
of the Stegmonds (once one of the region's top-drawing club/party
acts), Tommy toured the east coast from Maryland down to Georgia and
all over NC playing the best of classic rock to crowds from fifty to
upwards of three thousand.
As a member
of Hank Sinatra, TC has recorded two albums and played numerous
shows including Nashville radio's Americana Tonight Show, The
world-famous Continental Club in Austin Texas and had the
opportunity to back up Nashville recording artist and song writer
extraordinaire Phil Lee.
As a member
of The Flying Whales, TC has played numerous shows with Rock-N-Roll
Hall of Fame Drummer Artimus Pyle, CMT Big Break Winner Woody Wood
and former Stegmond and recording artist Sam Earnhardt.
cursed in some instances) with the ability to remember a million
songs (even bad ones that won't go away) TC helps Totally Otis draw
from a large and diverse database of music.
Tom was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC, the home of the Marshall Tucker
Band. After learning "Heart and Soul" on the piano at age 5, his parents
signed him up for piano lessons, mainly because they were sick of hearing
"Heart and Soul" every day.
After studying classical music for a few years, Tom discovered the demon
rock 'n roll, and his downward slide into delinquency began. He began to
worship keyboard masters like Keith Emerson, Elton John, and Billy Joel.
He also lived on a steady diet of southern rock and hard rock, with
influences from the Allman Brothers to King Crimson. His wide range of
musical interests fit right in with Totally Otis' eclectic mix.
Tom still likes Beethoven and Chopin, but these days he's into rockin'
out as TO's newest member.
For booking, contact Marc
at 919-357-1735 or send EMail to