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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
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Selected Discography

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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: 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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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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