The Otters are Jay Alm (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitar) and Zach Zimmerman (drums). Together they have played dozens of shows in 7 states in their two years together, opening for a wide variety of acts including Chick Corea, Ayron Jones, and The Crystal Method. They play almost entirely original tunes, in the blues/garage/soul/grunge veins of The Black Keys, Blind Melon and Detroit Rebellion.
Zach Zimmerman has played in multiple touring bands throughout the Northwest and Pacific coast throughout his years as a drummer, most recently as a founding member of funk band Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons, who opened for Thievery Corporation, Trombone Shorty, The Congress, and The Nth Power. Over the last 5 years alone he has played more than one hundred shows in ten states.
Jay Alm plays a scathing, soulful blend of Acoustic Alternative Psychedelia and Rootsy, Lyrical Meanderings. Expect 6 and 12 string guitar, the occasional mandolin, a capella audio poetry, and intimate scratch-born vocals. Jay radiates a poignant, playful take in his quasi-alternative folk-isms and a head-in-the-clouds-approach to biting acoustic rock. After several years of D.I.Y. touring throughout North America, from the Carolinas to Alaska, Jay's road-inspired sound should appeal to singer-songwriter, indie-folk, blues, and alt-rock fans alike