Omar Kent Dykes
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Omar Kent Dykes
Omar and the Howlers playing at the Saxon in Austin, Texas

Omar Kent Dykes (born Kent Dykes, 1950, McComb, Mississippi, United States) is an American blues guitarist and singer, living in Austin, Texas. In 1973 he formed the band, Omar & the Howlers. The band plays electric Texas blues, rock and roll and blues-rock. Dykes has also had a successful career as a solo artist, and regularly toured European countries.

Among his solo albums are Blues Bag from 1991, and Muddy Springs Road from 1994.[1]


  • Big Leg Beat (1980, Stomp)
  • I Told You So (1984, Clyde Frog)
  • Hard Times in the Land of Plenty (1987, Columbia)
  • Wall of Pride (1988, Columbia)
  • Monkey Land (1990, Antone's)
  • Blues Bag (1991, Provogue) (solo album)
  • Live at Paradiso (1992, Provogue)
  • Courts of Lulu (1993, Provogue)
  • Muddy Springs Road (1995, Provogue)
  • World Wide Open (1996, Provogue)
  • Southern Style (1997, Provogue)
  • Swing Land (1999, Provogue)
  • Live at the Opera House: Austin, Texas - August 30, 1987 (2000, Provogue)
  • The Screamin' Cat (2000, Provogue)
  • Big Delta (2002, Provogue)
  • Boogie Man (2004, Ruf)
  • Bamboozled: Live in Germany (2006, Ruf)
  • On The Jimmy Reed Highway (2007, Ruf) (with Jimmie Vaughan, Lou Ann Barton and others.)
  • Big Town Playboy (2009, Ruf)
  • Essential Collection (2012, Ruf) 2CD
  • I'm Gone (2012, Big Guitar)
  • Too Much is Not Enough (2012, Big Guitar)
  • Running With the Wolf (2013, Provogue) (solo album)


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998). "Dykes, Omar". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 3 (3 ed.). London: Macmillan. p. 1671. ISBN 0-333-74134-X.

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