Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Omar & The Howlers -- "i'm Gone"

I have been meaning to write a review of this great cd ever since it came out back in June, but something was always coming up. I'd listen to it and get about halfway through, and then have to stop listening and do something else. I love the music--I've loved all of Omar & the Howlers music since I first heard them in 1981--but finally today I get to write about them.

You should get this cd, (and the even newer cd from the band "Too Much Is Not Enough" which came out yesterday) and here's why: after 50 years Omar Kent Dykes is still making great music. His singing and guitar playing are take-no-prisoners tough, and his songwriting is still super cool. It has been 8 years since the last new cd from Omar & The Howlers, and these both have endless grooves and great musicians playing great music. Like Casper Rawls and Derek O'Brien on guitars, Ronnie James and Bruce Jones on bass, Mike Buck and Wes Starr on drums. This lineup is Texas All Star quality. There are blues songs, rockabilly songs, ballads, rockers, country songs, but everything has that special Omar spark of quality. Great music.

Here's what you need to do--go get this cd, and after you've heard it a few times, go back to the store or the website and get a couple more Omar & The Howlers cds. Repeat as often as necessary until you have a shelf full of their music. Listen to them often. You will thank me.

This cd is on Omar's own label, Big Guitar Music, and you can buy it at

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