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Austin, besides being the Texas state capital, is home to much of the best in American roots music. Since the 1970s, ballsy blues players, renegade country pickers, and raw-voiced rockers have mixed & matched their musical styles in Austin's thriving club scene. And that's where Kent "Omar" Dykes holds court too. And it's also where he's recorded his latest Ruf ... Read more in Amazon's Omar & The Howlers Store

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  • Audio CD (November 15, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ruf Records
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000V76C4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boogie Man
2. Bamboozled
3. Stone Cold Blues
4. White Crosses
5. Drowning In Love
6. Shakin'
7. Right There In the Rain
8. Bad In A Good Way
9. That's Just My Life
10. Mississippi Mud
11. All The Love We Can Stand

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Boogie Man by Omar and The Howlers

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Listen to those guitar riffs!!!
"Boogie Man" will grow on you! I like the title cut, and "Bamboozled" is great. You will find yourself singing along to "Drowning in Love", I guarantee it.
On vacation, went to Beale St. Memphis Tn., Omar and The Howlers were performing at B.B.Kings establishment, that nite, the Blues entered my music soul.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brett Lemke on March 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Omar's gritty and slightly hollow baritone vocals pay homage to the boogie blues by way of Memphis, TN. The Howlers stay closer to traditional Texas blues rock with roadhouse influences and an open-tuning slide background. Omar & The Howlers remind one of eating good barbecue in the August heat; weaving many traditional tunes by putting a Tennessee spin on the 12-bar. Omar's gruff and intense vocal interpretations will remind one of a more nasal and laid-back version of Bob "The Bear" Hite's recordings with Canned Heat in the mid-late 1970's (The New Age, 1973, Human Condition, 1978, Etc.) The ever-present influence of John Lee Hooker permeates every crevasse of this album in an 11 track front-to-back boogie. Many friends have showed their appreciation for Omar, lending their help for the release of "Boogie Man". With a growing and rotating list of contributors, the Howlers on this album include (but are not limited to) former Frank Zappa Drummer Terry Bozio, Texas guitar veteran Chris Duarte, and vocalist Alejandro Escovedo. Check back to his webpage for tour updates: [...]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SamIAM on November 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite release by Omar & The Howlers since Wall of Pride or Hard Times In the Land of Plenty. It rocks. I have all of his albums (that I'm aware of) and I like this one much better than his last few releases. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical, but this is the album I've been waiting for from Omar & The Howlers. I got hooked quite awhile back on his rocking style and this album delivers that in spades. Great guitar hooks and good rockin' vocals. It takes great songs and great playing to get the magic this band is capable of and that's what you have on this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry F. Parsons on October 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After a short hiatus following the passing of his wife Lyn, Kent 'Omar' Dykes is back with a new collection of blues, born in Mississippi, and tempered in the hot Texas sun. (Kinda like Omar himself) Boogieman is music that is home in any downtown hot spot or juke joint in Austin, but has an appeal far beyond the night haunts of the Lone Star state.

In this album, the influence of all the great masters of the blues float through the music like spectre's in a haunted house. Listen to the Title track, and you can feel John Lee Hookers ghost haunt every note, every lyric, every beat of the song. Bo Diddly, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King they all have a turn tickling the hairs on the nape of your neck, and delivering that delightful little cold shiver down your spine, every time you hear Omar deliver the wisp of a lyric or pull a guitar hook.

The brilliant simplicity of Omar's delivery style on guitar is counterpointed by the grit and gravel of his vocals. The two opposites harmonize, to create the compelling sonic experience that is Omar & The Howlers.

There is a hidden bonus on this album. It is a collection of collaborations, as Omar teams up with the likes of Stephen Bruton, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Darden Smith, Steve Califf and Papa Mali to co-write the tunes. Performing with Omar is a collection of artists that really howl, including the Double Trouble rhythm section, guitarists Jon Dee Graham, Chris Duarte and Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourn, Howlers drummer Terry Bozzio, and the rock solid bass-and-drums duo of George Reiff and George Rains.

One of Omar's strongest albums yet, and proof positive that he is back with a vengeance! Rock On Omar! You are The Boogieman!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By on October 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD full of wonderful boogie-woogie blues music. It will make you think of the legendary Mr. Bo Diddley. Omar starts the album with a wonderful track full of exquisite sound with a funky beat on the "Boogie Man." His next track is "Bamboozled" which is another great blues tune. I like the line: "I've been hood winked; I've been `Bamboozled!'" The next tune explodes with electrifying sounds right from the introduction: "I don't play nothing, but the "Stone Cold Blues"!" "White Crosses" has a different beat with a religious prospective: "I never could walk on water. Am I man enough to try?" The tune deals with the good and the evil. The line "got a devil on my left shoulder and an angel on my right..." display very meaningful words!! Listen as Omar's deep voice is showcase as he sings, "...Over my head, it sure feels good...Here I am `Drowning in Love with you.'" Excellent lyrics and beautiful love song! Moving on to a faster tempo with a wild and different sound is "Shakin." The next tune really touched me; it is my favorite from the CD: "...Stranger by myself, never thought I could hold on to anything but pain. I never knew the answer was `Right There in the Rain.'" Next, you can hear what an excellent voice Omar has in "Bad in a Good Way." Listen to those guitar riffs!!! More music with an enormous blues sound that is easy to the ears is "That's Just My Life." "Mississippi Mud" is the hard-to-come-back-home song. "...Protectoral son returns... it is hard to come back after the bridges, I have burned." Omar ends this CD with a stunning tune in "All the Love We Can Stand." "...There comes a time that you have to let go..." This CD contains a wonderful collection of blues; it is a keeper!

By: Kenita Vanderslice

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