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The Boogie Monsters – Live From Yo Mama’s KitchenOmar & The Howlers – Boogie Man
{2004 | Ruf Records}

Boogie Man marks Kent “Omar” Dykes seventeenth recording since 1980 and some twenty-something years since moving from McComb, Mississippi to Austin, Texas. All eleven tracks were written by Omar (all but Mississippi Mud is a collaboration of Omar and friends).

Boogie Man is over 55 minutes and features:
Terry Bozzio – Drums (4, 7, 9 & 10)
Chris Duarte – Guitar (1, 6, 8 & 11)
Alejandro Escovedo – Vocals on track 7
Jon Dee Graham – Guitar (3 & 8)
Chris Layton – Drums (3, 5 & 8)
Tommy Shannon – Bass (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 & 10)
Malcom “Papa Mal” Wellbourne – Guitar (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11)

1. Boogie Man – you can’t stop the boogie man. Omar has been converted to full fledged Texas bluesman, this song kinda reminds me of Billy Gibbons, a fine example of Texas blues.

2. Bamboozled – cool song, Omar has a great blues voice - deep and raspy.

3. Stone Cold Blues
– hey, hey, hey can’t get high if it ain't low down. Hear it once and you'll be singin' it all day. The guitar screams on this track.

4. White Crosses – a palate pleasing tune that’s a bit slower and softer than the others.

5. Drowning In Love a bit country-esque with a bluesy shuffle.

6. Shakin' a bit Cajun, it's loud, hard and full o' spice.

7. Right There In The Rain – great song, great vocals. Omar and Alejandro sound really good together.

8. Bad In A Good Way – a heavily distorted guitar boogie little ditty.

9. That’s Just My Life – this song is fast, kinda country and I dare ya' to try and keep from bobbin' your head or stampin’ your foot.

10. Mississippi Mud – The song references going back to Mississippi. McComb, MI has produced two great blues guitar men; Omar and Bo Diddley.

11. All The Love We Can Stand – fantastic blues song; it has great guitar solo, deep soulful vocals and a steady shuffle feel to it.

Be sure to see Omar & The Howlers when they visit your town, also check him out on the web at www.omarandthehowlers.com.

If you like Dr. John or ZZ Top flavored with a little Charlie Daniels you'll like this hardcore southern/Texas blues CD. As for me, I loved it! I'm sold, I'm now an Omar & The Howlers fan. I’d rate this CD a walloping three thumbs up, and 4.88 on the bluesometer. Buy this CD!!!

Ciao' for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net ~

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