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Omar & the Howlers Announce Special Record Release Show


01/11/2012
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Ruf Records will release Omar & the Howlers' Essential Collection, a special 2-CD set on February 14 and have announced a special appearance that evening.

The twin-disc pack is comprised of one CD titled "The Best of," while the second one is called "Omar's Picks," which are songs that "represent a snapshot of influences and heroes throughout my career and are special to me for one reason or another," says Omar.

Omar & the Howlers will celebrate the release of the new album with a special in-store performance at Waterloo Records in Austin on February 14 at 5PM Central Time.

The 30 studio and live recordings on the Essential Collection were culled from albums originally released beginning in the early 1990s and includes selections from such albums as Courts of Lu Lu (named after a blues laundromat in his hometown of McComb, Mississippi), Muddy Springs Road, World Wide Open, Swing Land and his Blues Music Award nominated collaboration with Jimmie Vaughan, Jimmy Reed Highway. Also featured are such fan favorite Omar & the Howlers' classics as "Magic Man," "Border Girl," "Hard Times In the Land of Plenty," "Wall of Pride," "Mississippi Hoo Doo Man" and "Boogie Man," among many others.

"My career has been a long and rich journey from the time I began playing at 12 years old until the present day," says "Omar" Kent Dykes in the album's liner notes. "It has been a blast from 1962 until now. The Essential Omar & the Howlers includes songs that are considered my biggest hits combined with songs I believe to be some of my best work. The collection compiles my entire life's work in the music industry: writing, recording, touring and making the blues rock for over five decades."

DISC 1 Best Of
01. Magic Man
02. East Side Blues
03. Border Girl
04. Hard Times In the Land of Plenty
05. Bad Seed
06. Wall of Pride
07. Mississippi Hoo Doo Man
08. Big Chief Pontiac
09. Tears Like Rain
10. Monkey Land
11. Snake Oil Doctor
12. Muddy Springs Road
13. Boogie Man
14. You Made Me Laugh
15. Jimmy Reed Highway

DISC 2 Omar's Picks
16. I Want You
17. Snake Rhythm Rock
18. Burn It To the Ground
19. Got My Heart Set On You
20. Work Song
21. Alligator Wine
22. Do It for Daddy
23. I'm Wild About You
24. That's Your Daddy Yaddy Yo
25. Stone Cold Blues
26. Girl's Got Rhythm
27. Life Without You
28. World of Trouble
29. Sugar Ditch
30. Built for Comfort



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