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New Book by Omar and Issa Dykes

Coming Fall 2021

MISSISSIPPI HOO DOO MAN

A Collection of Recorded Songs

+ Big Leg Beat 1980 to Muddy Springs Road 1994

Complete song lyrics with note of inspiration about each song by Omar


An interesting discovery about Omar's hometown of McComb Mississippi. Historic Summit Street,avenue of business and entertainment, has been traveled by many famous blues players from the area and beyond. The Marker commemorating Summit Street's place in Mississippi Blues History includes the name Omar Dykes.

[click here to read article] [ check it out on Amazon.com ]

"A career in the music business can be impossible and rewarding. Read this entertaining account of the hilarious life and times of the poor and almost famous bluesman, Omar Dykes. The zany shenanigans of the iconic frontman of Omar and the Howlers will knock your socks off!"


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OMAR KENT DYKES   GUITAR & VOCALS

   

HOWLER LEGIONS

BASS

Bruce Jones • Barry Bihm • Ronnie James • Paul Junior • Jason Crisp • Randy Glines 
DRUMS
Mike Buck • Wes Starr • Jon Hahn • Billy Maddox • Kevin Hall  • B.E. “Frosty” Smith  • Herb Belofsky
Rich Chilleri • Steve Kilmer • Gene Brandon • Terry Bozzio • Chico Oropeza • Fred Tripp
OTHER HOWLERS
Gary Primich Eric Scortia • John Inmon • Nick Connolly • Kaz Kazanoff • Gerry “Phareaux” Felton
Richie Price • Eve Monsees Ted Roddy Casper Rawls Gary Clark Jr.
EUROPEAN HOWLERS
Paul Junior - Bass Guitar • Asmus Jensen - Drums




Mississippi Born, Texas Rooted
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the South Austin Music Store, Aaron Sacco painted a wall mural depicting more than 30 iconic Austin musicians on the side of the South Austin Music Building, located on South Lamar. Omar has been part of the Austin Blues scene for over three decades and has thrilled audiences all over the world.










Zoltar's Walk




THE FIRST REVIEWS ARE IN ON OMAR'S LATEST RELEASE "THE KITCHEN SINK"

Gio Pilato at Bluebird Reviews (UK) Click here to read Gio's article *** JUST RELEASED! ***

Tony Peters Interview (UK) Click here to read Tony's article *** JUST RELEASED! ***

Tony Peters at Icon Fetch Click here to read Tony's article

Grant Britt at No Depression Click here to read Grant's article






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NEW FILM FEATURES OMAR!

January's release of the new film "COLD IN JULY" features Omar's "Dangerous Man" on the soundtrack!
IMDb Coverage of the Film

Songwriters Across Texas
New episode features their career tribute to Omar!
View Video

Omar and The Howlers on PBS' Texas Music Cafe
PBS will be recording the January 11th performance in Temple to air as an episode of Texas Music Café in March.
Read Press Release

Farewell to Friends
Three friends have left us, headed out on their next journey to Eternity ...
Peace be with them and may Perpetual Light shine upon their faces

View more information via KDRPlive

View Legacy's Obituary for Efrain

View Legacy's Obituary for Gene

    Read the Whole Story!              Experience the Songs on CD Baby


RUNNIN' WITH THE WOLF

OMAR DYKES   

Omar's tribute to Howlin' Wolf   

photo Bob Corritore   

R E L E A S E D  J U L Y  9 T H  2 0 1 3

Purchase CD Today!
"Runnin' with the Wolf" Coverage
Guitar World Exclusive Album Premiere & Review



Omar and Friends - Songwriters Across Texas

L to R: Nick Connolly, Omar Dykes, Rosie Flores, Redd Volkaert, Dale Watson, Amanda Cevallos, Wes Starr, Billy Horton, Bill Jones, Kathy Murray

Press shot from 1/15/13 taping of Songwriters across Texas!

See Omar's Video Episode



Omar on Premier Austin CD - "Reel Tunes  From Austin, Texas"

The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau has commissioned this special compilation of music from some of the greatest Austin artists. Omar is not only in the elite 15 of musicians selected, he is also acknowledged for other projects he was part of. Click on the link and make sure to scroll down to read about Omar's appearances in movies, television, and video games.

Reel Tunes From Austin, Texas  

TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH

OMAR AND THE HOWLERS

Released on Big Guitar Music Label
Available thru Burnside Distributing
RELEASED OCT 16th ! ! !
"Too Much Is Not Enough" Coverage
featuring Gary Clark Jr.
Gary's Website
"Too Much Is Not Enough"
#6 for Nov 2012 | #10 for Dec 2012
Living Blues Magazine Radio Charts

 


 

Omar and Son Jake

Too Much Is Not Enough

CD RELEASE PARTY

SAXON PUB

OCT 20, 2012


I'M GONE

OMAR AND THE HOWLERS

Released on
Big Guitar Music Label
Available thru
Burnside Distributing
"I'm Gone" Coverage

Blues Underground selects "I'm Gone" as one of the Top Picks for January 2013
   
"I'm Gone" #39 Top 50 CDs for 2012 - Live Blues Magazine  See The List
"I'm Gone" appears #1 on Sirus /XM List of Picks for the Blues - Week of Nov 3
Bill Wax's Bluesville Picks to Click selects "I'm Gone" #1 on the list of picks

"If the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan were literally double trouble, Omar and the Howlers' deep Delta blues were the triple threat out of Austin.  Dark, relentless beats more threatening than SRV's electric style.  Omar ... king of the jungle blues."

Margaret Moser
Austin Chronicle 9/2/11


2011 AMP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT RECIPIENT
for contributions to the Austin Music Scene

Howlers business card in Austin - late 70s

Early Howlers

(left to right)

Omar Dykes aka Phil I Pino

Hugh Garraway aka

Danny Dozier aka Pee Wee Varnell

Crow Field aka Torpedo Ramone

Jimmy Barnett aka Billy Ralph Winghead

Tommy Conner aka Uncle Tee Tot

1976 Howlers in Hattiesburg, MS - before their moving to Austin



Click to watch Omar and the Howlers' Hard Times in the Land of Plenty on YouTube


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: SONY DIGITAL RE-RELEASES

Hard Times in the Land of Plenty and Wall of Pride

Too Much Is Not Enough climbing the CD Playlist Charts
#10 on Australia's JuzBlooz November Playlist view Playlist

#4 on Blues Debut Playlist  view Playlist


I want to thank ...

all the talented Howlers, past and present ...

all the songwriters, studio musicians ...
DJs and Management ...
and especially
all my loyal fans all over the world ...
Thank You to all my friends,
- Omar