Big Town Playboy, Omar Kent Dykes follow up to his critically acclaimed 2007 release On the Jimmy Reed Highway, finds Dykes surrounded by a number of special guests who help him continue belting out his classic blend of blues. Two harmonica players stand out amongst the guests, with Chicago-blues great James Cotton joining on the title track, and Lazy Lester adding his distinctive swampy harp to “Dream Girl” and “Hello Mary lee.”
Jimmie Vaughn adds his signature guitar to each of the disc’s dozen tracks, serving as a perfect compliment to Dykes own characteristic guttural growls, while Lou Ann Barton adds smoldering vocals to “Think” and “Close Together,” both sung as duets with Dykes. While Big Town Playboy breaks little, if any, new ground, the disc does solidify Dykes’ place as an excellent modern day purveyor of roots-based blues, with just enough new twist to sound at home in the modern age.
Big Town Playboy is out now on Ruf Records.