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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Mississippi-born but Texas-based Omar Kent Dykes understands a fundamental fact about the blues. He knows there are only a handful of rhythms and themes in the blues grab bag, and he uses them all over and over again in slightly different guises, which is far from a bad thing. It is the fundamental conservatism of the blues and its limited palette that has kept the form alive long after its colorful offspring (R&B, soul, rock & roll, etc.) flew the roost, taking a large part of the audience with them. But Omar understands all this. He has had a 30-year career playing these rhythms, and he knows how to keep it all simple, direct, and powerful, and how to build new ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Mississippi-born but Texas-based Omar Kent Dykes understands a fundamental fact about the blues. He knows there are only a handful of rhythms and themes in the blues grab bag, and he uses them all over and over again in slightly different guises, which is far from a bad thing. It is the fundamental conservatism of the blues and its limited palette that has kept the form alive long after its colorful offspring (R&B, soul, rock & roll, etc.) flew the roost, taking a large part of the audience with them. But Omar understands all this. He has had a 30-year career playing these rhythms, and he knows how to keep it all simple, direct, and powerful, and how to build new songs out of the fabric of the old songs without destroying their familiarity. Sometimes he trips over the inherent clichés that have always haunted the form, but at his best, with songs like "Muddy Springs Road" (included here), Dykes' gruff, raspy vocals (which sound at times like Wolfman Jack fronting a blues trio) carry an impressive emotional wallop as he blends the personal and autobiographical inside the familiar rhythmic structures he uses. This two-disc set does a great job of showcasing his talents, with the first disc collecting his fan favorites while the second disc collects the tracks that are his own favorites. It adds up to the best introduction possible to his work and career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • Label: Ruf
  • UPC: 710347117421
  • Catalog Number: 1174
  • Sales rank: 292,027

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Omar & the Howlers Primary Artist
Magic Slim Guitar
Lou Ann Barton Vocals
Chris Duarte Guitar
John Hahn Drums
Roscoe Beck Bass Guitar
Terry Bozzio Drums
Gene Brandon Drums
Stephen Bruton Slide Guitar
Nick Connolly Organ, Piano
Omar Dykes Harmonica, Vocals
Mark Hallman Percussion
Ronnie James Bass Guitar
Bruce Jones Bass Guitar
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Baritone Saxophone
Bradley Kopp Acoustic Guitar
Robert McEntee Guitar, Bass Guitar, Slide Guitar
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone
Derek O'Brien Guitar
Gary Primich Harmonica
George Rains Drums
George Reiff Bass Guitar
Wes Starr Drums
Spencer Starres Bass Guitar
Reese Wynans Organ
Jimmy Vaughn Guitar
Steve Kilmer Drums
Paul Junior Bass Guitar
Garry "Phareaux" Felton Bass Guitar
Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne Guitar, Slide Guitar, Electric Sitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Barry Bihm Bass Guitar
B.E. "Frosty" Smith Percussion, Drums
Jake Dykes Drums
Ivan Sand Banjo
Dion Egtved Bass Guitar
Chris Searless Percussion
Nalle Sørensen Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Nat Adderley Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Omar Dykes Composer
Michael Dan Ehmig Composer
R.S. Field Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Dick Wagner Composer
Kevin Wommack Composer
Clarence Brown Composer
Michael Van Merwyk Artwork
Keith Wommack Composer
Steve Callif Composer
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