| Omar Dykes |
Although the most obvious precedent for his guttural growl is Howlin' Wolf, Dykes has none of the Wolf's feral ferocity. When he sings that he doesn't play anything but "Stone Cold Blues," it's no threat. It's more like a market-targeting, family-friendly reassurance; like A&W saying, "All we serve is root beer."
Dykes' swamp boogie splits the difference between the Fabulous Thunderbirds and early ZZ Top, but he has more in common with a dedicated journeyman like George Thorogood. Neither man is blessed with an extravagance of talent or imagination, but both get by on sincerity, heart, and a tortoise's long-distance tenacity.
| Omar & the Howlers
CD Release Show
Saturday, February 28
While "White Crosses" and "Right There in the Rain" push Omar and the Howlers toward John Fogerty-esque introspection, most of the album is boilerplate Lone Star blues. Dykes' greatest virtue is that no matter who he works with, he always sounds just like Omar Dykes. •