Omar Kent Dykes hails from McComb, Miss. , a town with the distinction of being home turf for Bo Didley. Omar started playing guitar at seven, took to hanging out in edge-of-town juke joints at 12 and joined his first band at 13.
He and his band Omar & The Howlers have been spreading their musical word since.
After 50 years, 2011 finds Omar tighter, funkier than ever and slated with a great new release in 2012. But Omar always loves to play live. The album is The Essential Collection and it drops the day after we speak with Omar about his incredible musical journey and hear cuts from this new collection.
Then John Pagano joins us. You may know him as JP Blues.
JP started playing guitar at the age of 8 and by age 10 it was clear that something special was happening here. This "Something Special" was recognized by legendary bluesman Sam "Bluzman" Taylor. Sam took JP under his wing and began to what Sam use to call "SAMerizing" him.
The JP Blues Band has a new album, I Will Not Go Quietly and it has spent 20 weeks on the RMR National Blues Charts.
JP will sit and discuss his career and we will hear some music from the album.