It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

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, Rovi
full bio

Comments

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.
I love Omar's music...
one o my buddies...a great guy and still a blast to watch live...
Real and authentic and one hell of a guitar player.
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). :)
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
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.

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[112, 85, 104, 105, 117, 111, 118, 125, 92, 109, 67, 115, 80, 109, 127, 91, 94, 83, 74, 80, 71, 78, 127, 74, 97, 98, 64, 72, 123, 71, 77, 120, 85, 104, 83, 67, 124, 101, 83, 102, 70, 75, 118, 68, 123, 94, 88, 124, 121, 92, 113, 77, 87, 109, 80, 72, 120, 82, 102, 109, 85, 115, 84, 77, 113, 87, 122, 93, 115, 89, 95, 124, 64, 110, 68, 93, 90, 111, 80, 115, 99, 115, 67, 114, 101, 116, 96, 117, 89, 76, 87, 98, 94, 91, 70, 85, 71, 78, 100, 68, 82, 111, 93, 98, 71, 99, 98, 89, 100, 124, 76, 97, 75, 126, 99, 97, 90, 116, 68, 102, 106, 68, 100, 75, 121, 120, 102, 89, 86, 125, 77, 97, 89, 99, 71, 65, 82, 119, 109, 115, 118, 92, 112, 76, 108, 117, 83, 91, 122, 92, 71, 90, 66, 119, 126, 86, 70, 85, 71, 68, 117, 113, 87, 65, 73, 99, 78, 89, 126, 122, 78, 109, 67, 68, 125, 81, 118, 118, 85, 119, 85, 112, 90, 114, 106, 96, 127, 112, 104, 96, 94, 101, 104, 98, 124, 123, 119, 117, 96, 93, 78, 118, 78, 90, 76, 70, 121, 123, 104, 74, 77, 120, 105, 106, 99, 71, 68, 115, 100, 100, 81, 97, 88, 101, 113, 125, 86, 74, 99, 72, 106, 83, 97, 123, 102, 94, 123, 77, 100, 92, 78, 74, 93, 111, 82, 76, 81, 83, 115, 127, 96, 74, 88, 116, 94, 71, 85, 98, 103, 124, 108, 94, 97, 68, 121, 87, 121, 76, 71, 96, 110, 126, 112, 121, 69, 64, 106, 88, 73, 119, 105, 76, 104, 92, 87, 109, 98, 88, 108, 109, 66, 76, 127, 89, 67, 107, 113, 98, 82, 67, 66, 106, 64, 97, 105, 124, 117, 97, 118, 71, 95, 84, 117, 94, 74, 95, 75, 67, 81, 119, 88, 98, 110, 93, 110, 90, 102, 120, 80, 68, 73, 100, 109, 81, 66, 74, 108, 76, 107, 79, 69, 87, 102, 67, 123, 119, 65, 114, 67, 93, 81, 69, 79, 103, 100, 99, 64, 80, 122, 75, 70, 125, 106, 72, 111, 66, 127, 96, 111, 64, 124, 119, 95, 95, 72, 91, 99, 66, 95, 108, 76, 102, 109, 105, 68, 108, 77, 94, 96, 86, 93, 73, 67, 115, 68, 76, 88, 86, 117, 100, 73, 81, 111, 76, 95, 126, 65, 95, 120, 122, 104, 102, 116, 78, 127, 68, 104, 87, 95, 77, 81, 120, 92, 107, 121, 66, 125, 94, 78, 112, 76, 101, 115, 64, 64, 95, 95, 69, 79, 112, 70, 118, 65, 84, 126, 69, 79, 117, 79, 93, 117, 118, 121, 83, 73, 94, 64, 70, 71, 104, 117, 107, 123, 88, 127, 106, 118, 92, 84, 74, 84, 109, 83, 118, 92, 66, 117, 106, 114, 76, 97, 105, 66, 94, 117, 84, 69, 102, 87, 118, 98, 114, 78, 66, 84, 118, 104, 125, 97, 73, 119, 105, 108, 85, 106, 84, 114, 102, 117, 116, 89, 80]