Omar & The Howlers

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Hailing from McComb Mississippi (home of Bo Diddley), Omar Dykes is a Howlin' Wolf sound-alike, Bo Diddley influenced, unique blues and boogie man from the deep south. In the late 70's Omar cracked the album charts with the ironic "Hard Times In The Land of Plenty" for CBS, and recorded one of the first blues video's with "Border Girl".

Unhappy with his corporate trappings, Omar moved to Austin, Texas where he met Steve Ray Vaughan, and one of the most vibrant musical/blues communities in the States.

Happy in Austin, Omar went on to record some of the very best blues and Boogie albums of the last two decades.

Albums like the down home "Monkey Land", the magnificent "Courts of Lulu"; "Muddy Springs Road" on which he traced his Mississippi roots, and the aptly titled "Southern Style", were all uniformly excellent before he cut a timely "Live at The Opera House, Austin, Texas". The following "Screamin' Cat" was full of innovation and now comes his best, all star effort, "Boogie Man" for Ruf Records. The album features all the top Texas players from Chris Duarte to Stephen Bruton.

"Omar is one of the finest low down growlers in blues. He wields a lead guitar that whines with grief and screams with fury. No wonder the Howlers is one of the hottest acts in the competitive rockin' blues arena that is its hometown of Austin, Texas".
Paul Hampel / Austin Preview