This week we have several below the radar artists releasing new music, meaning mainstream outlets probably won’t be carrying them and you may or may not hear them on Satellite radio. It’s almost definite you won’t hear them on terrestrial radio – not if Clear Channel has anything to say about it. There’s lots of good music out there Biscuiteers and we’re here to help you find it.
It’s a big week for Omar Dykes fans. There are three Omar related reissues out this week from the Big Guitar Music label. Wounded Bird is reissuing Paul Butterfield’s Betters Days Live At Winterland Ballroom and for the first time on CD Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972.
Fresh Biscuits – July 15, 2014
Davina & the Vagabonds Sunshine
Nellie Tiger Travis Nellie Sings the Blues
Fathead Fatter Than Ever
Morgan Davis I Got My Own
Trudy Lynn featuring Steve Krase Royal Oaks Blues Cafe
Paul Butterfield and Better Days Live At Winterland Ballroom
Various Artists Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972
This double CD reissue of this live album appears here on CD for the very first time. This album was originally released as a two record set on Atlantic Records in 1972. The album features such Blues luminaries as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Bonnie Raitt, Hound Dog Taylor, Dr. John, Koko Taylor, Lucille Spann and many others.
Omar Dykes Blues Bag
Blues Bag was originally released in 1991 as an acoustic session of tracks featuring Omar Dykes on vocals and acoustic guitar and his good friend, Fingers Taylor, on harp. Several tracks are just Omar and Fingers playing classic blues. Omar decided to bring in the Howlers on a few tracks to give the album additional depth. Gene Brandon, an original Howler drummer, has since passed away. Bruce Jones on bass still plays with Omar today. Omar himself plays harp on Big Chief Pontiac. Many of the songs are some of Omar’s favorite tracks from his entire career. This CD is released as a tribute to Gene Brandon.
Omar and the Howlers Big Leg Beat
Omar and the Howlers’ first release from 1980 is being revived as the initial big band sound of the group. Featuring a horn section with Hugh Garroway, Bill Averbach, and Craig Simecheck, this album includes the five original Howlers: Omar Dykes, Gerry ”Phareaux” Felton, Bruce Jones, Richard Price, and Wes Starr. Recorded in Dallas and originally on Amazing Records, this release contains four original songs written by Omar Dykes.
Nalle, Omar and Magic Slim Chapel Hill
This album features an extraordinary combination of three very special performers. Nalle started out in 1957 and in the 60s became Denmark’s most famous rock and soul singer. Texas blues man Omar Dykes and his deep southern three-chord rough and tumble blues and trademark raw vocals has been a mainstay on the blues scene since the 1980s. Magic Slim was known and respected as the last real Chicago blues man. The tracks are set in an acoustic setting without drums and electric guitars.
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