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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 (February 2, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • ASIN: B0000004AH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rose Tattoo
2. Do It For Daddy
3. False Faces
4. Pushin' Fire
5. Booger Boy
6. Jumpin' The Gun
7. I've Tried
8. Firewalker
9. Special Love
10. Scared To Speak
11. I'm Wild About You
12. Moon Bit Fool
13. South Congress Blues

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Austin's Omar & the Howlers are as tight a band as you'll find mining the blues-rock vein. Omar's distinctive songs are blues-based with a traditional blues sound, but they carry a lyric sense unique in the world of young blues artists. Omar grew up in McComb, Mississippi, on the outskirts of which you will find the Courts of Lulu, a motel court with a juke joint in the front that served as the inspiration for this album.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Omar.....where does one begin with this enigma of the modern blues?! Singer, guitarist, master of the mouth harp, songwriter, lyrical genius, powerful performer....all these only begin to describe this artist who has long been a favorite of the club scene, especially in Austin, TX.
On "Courts of Lulu", named for a motel and juke joint outside of McComb, MS, one can hear the full range of Omar's style, from the rocking numbers such as "Do it for Daddy" and "False Faces" to the more folksy/traditional crawl sound of "Pushin' Fire." On this latter number, pay close attention to the staccato guitar work by Omar and the almost evil strain of his voice as he delivers the line "...if it ain't the gators it's the boogie man." This is what the blues is all about!
Listeners need to wait only for the next track to hear yet another side to Omar. "Booger Boy" is a very zydeco style boogie woogie number, demonstrating that Omar has a full command of his blues stylings, and the dimensions he goes to as both artist and performer.
But let us not overlook the performers on this album, there are two incarnations of the Howlers featured; one with Bruce Jones on bass and Gene Brandon on drums, and the other with Spencer Starres playing the bass and Greg "Frosty" Smith on the skins. Each provide the necessary rhythm for the bluesman with very adept skill. Reese Wynans is also featured lending his talents on the organ on two tracks. For those of you who are familar with blues power trios, you may remember Wynans as the organist that was called in by Stevie Ray Vaughan when he wanted to add a new dimension to his sound.
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0 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christopher stuhmer on October 29, 2009
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I don't know what musical gods I may have previously insulted to receive such horrible artists as suggestions for my account, but this and every release by this artists sucks. They suck, don't empower them by purchasing and of their songs. They are horrible.
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