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Omar And The Howlers

The European blues fans all adore Austin, TX-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Omar Kent Dykes. That's because he fits the stereotypical image many of them have of the American musician: he's tall, wears cowboy boots and has a deep voice with a Southern accent. However, Dykes does not carry a gun, and though he looks rough and tough, he's actually an incredibly peaceful and intelligent musician, and a veteran at working a crowd in a blues club or a festival. While Dykes still has a sizeable American audience owing to his albums for Columbia Records, he still spends a good portion of his touring year at festivals and clubs around Europe. Omar Kent Dykes was born in 1950, in McComb, MS, the same town from which Bo Diddley hails. He first set foot into neighborhood juke joints at age 12 and after he'd been playing guitar for a while, he went back into the juke joint. After graduating from high school, Dykes lived in Hattiesburg and Jackson, MS, for a few years before relocating to Austin in 1976. He'd heard the blues scene in Texas was heating up. At that time, Stevie Ray Vaughan was still playing with Paul Ray & the Cobras. By the early '80s, Omar & the Howlers had gained a solid reputation for their invigorating live shows. They also released two albums on independent labels, Big Leg Beat (1980), followed four years later by I Told You So. Among white blues musicians, Dykes is truly one of a kind, a fact Columbia Records recognized in the mid-'80s when they signed Omar & the Howlers. Unfortunately, it was a fleeting relationship at best. After releasing Hard Times in the Land of Plenty (1987) and Wall of Pride (1988) the band was dropped when the company was bought by Sony. While it was inconvenient, it didn't stop Dykes. His post-1990 output has been nothing short of extraordinary. Starting in 1991, Omar & the Howlers recorded three discs for Rounder/Bullseye Blues: Live at Paradiso (1991), followed by Blues Bag and Courts of Lulu (both in 1992). In 1995, they switched to the Austin, TX-based Watermelon Records and released Muddy Springs Road (1995), World Wide Open (1996), and Southern Style (1997). After 15 years of dealing with record contracts, Dykes needed a break from being tied down to one particular label for any length of time. Since then, he and the Howlers have released excellent discs on Discovery (Monkey Land) (1997) Black Top (Swing Land) (1999), Blind Pig (Big Delta) (2002), and Ruf Records (Boogie Man) (2004). A live set recorded in Germany, Bamboozled, appeared from Ruf Records in 2006. ~ Richard Skelly & Al Campbell
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: The Kitchen Sink

1. That Ain't It

2. The Battle Rages On

3. Fire And Gasoline

4. I'll Keep On Dreamin'

5. Dirty People

6. Dixie's All Night Bar

7. Cutie Named Judy

8. Dust My Broom

9. Who Do You Love

10. Hello Operator

11. Can't Hold Out

12. Climb On Board

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Track List: Wall Of Pride

1. Wall Of Pride

2. Rattlesnake Shake

3. Don't Lead Me On

4. Rock It While You Can

5. Down In Mississippi

6. Movin'

7. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

8. Bad Seed

9. Kings Ransom

10. Dimestore Hoo Doo

11. Meet Me Down At The River

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Track List: Too Much Is Not Enough

1. Too Much

2. I Gotta Let You Go

3. Honest I Do

4. I Ain't Got You

5. High And Lonesome

6. Going To New York

7. Roll In Rhumba

8. Take Out Some Insurance

9. Outskirts Of Town

10. I'm Gonna Ruin You

11. Shame, Shame, Shame

12. You Don't Have To Go

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Track List: I'm Gone

1. I'm Gone

2. All About The Money

3. Drunkard's Paradise

4. Wild And Free

5. Down To The Station

6. Lone Star Blues

7. Omar's Boogie

8. Goin' Back To Texas

9. Let Me Hold You

10. Move Up To Memphis

11. I'm Mad Again

12. Take Me Back

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Track List: Essential Collection

Disc 1

1. Magic Man

2. East Side Blues

3. Border Girl

4. Hard Times In The Land Of Plenty

5. Bad Seed

6. Wall Of Pride

7. Mississippi Hoo Doo Man

8. Big Chief Pontiac

9. Tears Like Rain

10. Monkey Land

11. Snake Oil Doctor

12. Muddy Springs Road

13. Boogie Man

14. You Made Me Laugh

15. Jimmy Reed Highway

Disc 2

1. I Want You

2. Snake Rhythm Rock

3. Burn It To The Ground

4. Got My Heart Set On You

5. Work Song

6. Alligator Wine

7. Do It For Daddy

8. I'm Wild About You

9. That's Your Daddy Yaddy Yo

10. Stone Cold Blues

11. Girl's Got Rhythm

12. Life Without You

13. World Of Trouble

14. Sugar Ditch

15. Built For Comfort

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Track List: Bamboozled: Live In Germany

1. Shake For Me (Live)

2. Mississippi Hoo Doo Man (Live)

3. Bamboozled (Live)

4. East Side Blues (Live)

5. Magic Man (Live)

6. South Congress Blues (Live)

7. Boogie Man (Live)

8. Muddy Springs Road (Live)

9. That's Just My Life (Live)

10. Snake Oil Doctor (Live)

11. Bad Seed (Live)

12. Wall Of Pride Pride (Live)

13. Hard Times In The Land Of Plenty (Live)

14. Monkey Land (Live)

15. Rock N' Roll Ball (Live)

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Track List: Boogie Man

1. Boogie Man

2. Bamboozled

3. Stone Cold Blues

4. White Crosses

5. Drowning In Love

6. Shakin'

7. Right There In The Rain

8. Bad In A Good Way

9. That's Just My Life

10. Mississippi Mud

11. All The Love We Can Stand

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Track List: Big Delta

1. Linin' Track

2. Monkey Land

3. Muddy Springs Road

4. Life Without You

5. Bad Seed

6. Wall Of Pride

7. Pushin' Fire

8. Mississippi Queen

9. Mystery Walk

10. Low Down Dirty Blues

11. Caveman Rock

12. Conversation Mambo

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Track List: The Screamin' Cat

1. When Sugar Cane Was King

2. The Screamin' Cat

3. One Hundred Pounds Of Pain

4. Radio Man

5. Bad Ol' Man

6. Steady Rock

7. Snake Oil Doctor

8. Too Many People Talkin'

9. Party Girl

10. Girl's Got Rhythm

11. Drug Store Candy Smile

12. Automatic

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Track List: Live At The Opera House

1. Mississippi Hoo Doo Man (Live)

2. Don't You Know (Live)

3. You Ain't Foolin' Nobody (Live)

4. Big Legs (Live)

5. Dancing In The Canebrake (Live)

6. Don't Rock Me The Wrong Way (Live)

7. Lee Anne (Live)

8. Same Old Grind (Live)

9. Shadow Man (Live)

10. Hard Times In The Land Of Plenty (Live)

11. Rock And Roll Ball (Live)

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Track List: SwingLand

1. Mr. Blues Is Coming To Town

2. Ain't That Just Like A Woman

3. Hit The Road, Jack

4. Yellow Coat

5. Don't Lose Your Cool

6. Work Song

7. So Mean To Me

8. Going Up To The Country

9. That's Your Daddy Yaddy Yo

10. Quiet Whiskey

11. One Room Country Shack

12. Alligator Wine

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Track List: Monkey Land

1. Monkey Land

2. Tonight I Think Of You

3. Big Town Shakedown

4. She's A Woman

5. Fire In The Jungle

6. Night Shadows

7. Modern Man

8. Loud Mouth Woman

9. Dirty People

10. Ding Dong Clock

11. Next Big Thing

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Track List: Southern Style

1. Ton Of Blues

2. I Want You

3. Snake Rhythm Rock

4. Bessie Mae

5. Full Moon On Main Street

6. Pot Of Gold

7. You Keep Watchin' Me

8. Run For The Levee

9. Burn It To The Ground

10. Judgment Day

11. Angel Blues

12. Think It's Time To Go

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Track List: World Wide Open

1. Mystery Walk

2. Hey Joe

3. Sugar Ditch

4. Mail Order Mojo

5. Got My Heart Set On You

6. Low Down Dirty Blues

7. Highway 49

8. Fire In The House

9. Red River

10. No More Cane

11. Enough Is Enough

12. World Of Trouble

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Track List: Courts Of Lulu

1. Rose Tattoo

2. Do It For Daddy

3. False Faces

4. Pushin' Fire

5. Booger Boy

6. Jumpin' The Gun

7. I've Tried

8. Firewalker

9. Special Love

10. Scared To Speak

11. I'm Wild About You

12. Moon Bit Fool

13. South Congress Blues

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Track List: Live At Paradiso

1. Shake For Me

2. Don't You Know

3. Mississippi Hoo Doo Man

4. Lee Anne

5. Leave Here Running

6. Border Girl

8. Magic Man

9. Sleeping In The Ground

10. Big Round World

11. Don't Rock Me The Wrong Way

12. Hard Times In The Land Of Plenty

13. Big Chief Pontiac

14. Rock & Roll Ball

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Track List: Hard Times In The Land Of Plenty

1. Hard Times In The Land Of Plenty

2. Dancing In The Canebrake

3. Border Girl

4. Mississippi Hoo Doo Man

5. Don't Rock Me The Wrong Way

6. Same Old Grind

7. Don't You Know

8. You Ain't Foolin' Nobody

9. Shadow Man

10. Lee Anne

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Track List: I Told You So

1. Border Girl

2. Give Me A Chance

3. Shake For Me

4. Magic Man

5. Rocket To Nowhere

6. I Told You So

7. Ice Cold Woman

8. I'm Wise To You Baby

9. East Side Blues

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Track List: Big Leg Beat

1. I Don't Know Why

2. Someday Baby

3. Blues Parcel Post

4. Diesel Don Juan

5. St. Louis Bound

6. Hoy, Hoy, Hoy

7. Caledonia

8. Everybody Knows About My Good Thing

9. Roadrunner

10. Up The Line

11. Big Brown Shoes

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hell yeah
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Being from Dallas lived in Austin from 73 to 79.I have been very blessed to see Omar,Stevie Ray,and the T-Birds together. One he'll of a show. Texas blues are alive and well.
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headpump
A great time to be alive.. I've discovered so much excellent music like this in the past five years thanks to the internet, Pandora, etc.
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I love Omar's music...
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one o my buddies...a great guy and still a blast to watch live...
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Real and authentic and one hell of a guitar player.
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Omar & the Howlers put on a great show. They're easy and enjoyable to watch and tap your foot to. My favorite album (which Pandora doesn't seem to have) is Southern Style (1997). :)
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politicinmai n e
I have seen Omar twice once with 'mason Ruffner' and once with the 'Radiator's in fact a then young Guitar player and soon to be a great 'Sitar'playe r by the name of 'Rob Myers who hails from the DC area and is a Member of the Theivery Corporation and owns Fort Knox Records.

Omar is a real Basic down to Earth Performer who is Guarrenteed to bring a smile to any Blue's lovers faceCillord Drake
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magruver
this band has a great beat,, I had never heard of them before,, I really like this band. Thank You Pandora,, this is great. New music for me,awesome.

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