The family of the late blues singer/harmonica player Gary Primich have released a very special CD tribute, Just a Little Bit More ... with Omar Dykes, on Old Pal Records, with distribution through CD Baby.
Just a Little Bit More ... with Omar Dykes features 24 cuts of prime Gary Primich recordings that range from 1994 to 2006, the year before Primich passed away, and represent such CD titles as Travelin' Mood, Mr. Freeze, Doghouse Music and Ridin' the Darkhorse, as well as several previously unreleased tracks. Also included are several songs that first appeared on such Omar & the Howlers albums as Muddy Springs Road, Swingland and World Wide Open and highlight Gary Primich's unique talents as a harmonica player.
The musicians on the CD represent a veritable "who's who" of Austin's finest, including Gary Clark, Jr., Derek O'Brien, Sarah Brown, Wes Starr, Mark Korpi, Dave Biller, Jay Moehler, Nick Connolly, George Rains, Mark Rubin and Billy Horton. A number of the players were regular members of Gary Primich's band through the years, either on record or on tour.
Read the full press-release here as a PDF.
Wonderful review of this album in the latest issue of
Living Blues Magzine:
"Primich was a harp player's harp player, a singular talent whose originality on the harmonica was often lauded by veterans like Charlie Musselwhite and Mark Hummel... A fine singer and songwriter as well... Just a Little Bit More showcases that versatility well..."
#2 of the Best of 2012
by Elliott Gross of WPFW's "Don't Forget the Blues" Show
Gary Primich w/Omar Dykes
Just A Little Bit More
HISTORICAL /REISSUE RELEASES FOR 2012
(TOP 5) by Gary Reinhard of WITR 89.7 FM, New York
1) Muddy Waters/The Rolling Stones – Checkerboard Lounge; Live Chicago 1981 (Eagle Vision)
2) Albert King – I'll Play The Blues For You (Stax/Concord)
3) Pinetop Perkins – Heaven (Blind Pig)
4) Gary Primich – Just A Little Bit More (Old Pal Records)
5) Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin – Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968 (Columbia Legacy)
Omar and the Howlers have released a new disc of pure joy!!
Too Much is not Enough - Featuring Gary Primich!!
Also Gary Clark, Jr!!
Read: a review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
Read: a review on Don and Sheryl's Blues Blog
#30 on the Top CD Releases for 2012 on Bad Dog Blues
by Gary Reinhard of WITR 89.7 FM, New York
Gary's final CD, Ridin' the Darkhorse, is available on www.electrofi.com.
Prior to this 2005 release Gary said, "I'm really proud of this one. We went to a small studio in South Austin and tried to capture that raw live sound I love so much on my favorite Chess and Sun records from the 50's and 60's."
Blues Review magazine states "Gary Primich clearly stands at the forefront of today's blues harmonica scene." I couldn't agree more, so it was a pleasure to ask Gary about his new album Riding The Darkhorse recently.
"This is my back to the basics 'Blues' blues record, stripped down and bare bones." "Four guys sitting in a garage on the Southside of Austin, Texas." "With the advent of new technology, it's cheaper to record, and that allows people who are knowledgeable about and sympathetic to Blues and Roots music to have studios, like Billy Horton at Fort Horton." "Dave Wesselowski and Jim Starboard on bass and drums have been in my road band for years. I've also worked and written with guitarist Mark Korpi for years, and I'm very comfortable with guitarist Dave Biller and keyboardist Gene Taylor. The cover tunes are all songs I've been doing for years, 'You Got Me' by John Brim, I've been playing that for 20 years. But, I always try to play them my own way." I asked Gary how he balances his reputation as a Harmonica ace with his own work as a songwriter. "In addition to being an instrumentalist, I take pride in trying to write good songs in the blues tradition and do something thematically interesting." When I asked him about the inspiration behind one of his soulful originals "Pray For A Cloudy Day" Gary laughs and tells me "That song was born out of driving all around the country to gigs, and no mattter where you sit in the van the sun gets to you. In Texas that sun can get pretty hot, so I'm always praying for a cloudy day." I ended the interview by asking Gary how he feels Ridin' the Darkhorse fits into his catalog fo recorded work. "It's been a few years simce my last CD, and I really feel I'm evolving as a singer, player and songwriter. Like many things in life, you get better at it the longer you do it." A typically modest assessment of his own work by an extremely talented artist. We are proud to have Gary Primich on the Electro-Fi label and to bring you his new album.
— Andrew Galloway
President, Electo-Fi Records
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Dog House Music
Antone's Records ©2002
Dog House Music, Primich's debut album on the Antone's Records label and his seventh in a series of releases that have previously racked up considerable critical acclaim. The album melds the sweaty feel of an inspired nightclub set with the sharp sonic atmosphere of the studio, resulting in blues music that is vivid and full of life. With his feet firmly planted in musical tradition, Primich creates a signature style marked by versatile musicality, smart songwriting, muscular and evocative vocals, and colorful and potent harp playing. Cut with his road-seasoned band augmented by some of the best players in Austin, TX, it features songs written by Primich both solo and with his longtime collaborator Mark Korpi, as well as by Primich band bassist Jeff Turmes and noted Austin songwriter Michael Fracasso. Dog House Music is indeed a disc that howls and rocks the roof off the joint.
-- Rob Patterson
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Black Top Records 1999
Full Length Track: Hardwood Floor
"Lovers of extended jams and pyrotechnics may have to adjust their horizontal hold to appreciate this album. Most songs clock in at less than four minutes. The point seems to be to set up an irresistible groove, tell the story, add a bit more fire and flash on the harp and get out. Yet the album's packed with interesting ideas--probably as many as you'd find in those extended jams. And though Primich doesn't stretch out of harp on most of these tunes, his playing is full of awe-inspiring tonal and textural nuances coloring each lick. He clearly stands at the forefront of today's blues harmonica scene."
--Blues Revue, July 1999
"Texas-based singer, songwriter, and harpist Gary Primich is known for his diverse playlist and willingness to take the blues in new directions. Fans of his earlier recordings for Flying Fish and Black Top will be glad that Botheration finds him sticking with what works--songs with a minimalist backing...that keep the attention on Primich's laid-back vocals and harp. Gary Primich's "less is more" approach is welcome in a world overpopulated with musicians who don't seem to understand the concept."
--Peter R. Aschoff, Living Blues, July/August 1999
Black Top Records 1997
Full Length Track: Company Man
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Primich's recording career has been indeed a work in progress, with his earliest efforts showing much promise with a workmanlike aura to them, with each new release heading into some mighty cool terrain, taking -- as always -- the path less traveled. And Company Man is certainly the most adventurous of his releases to date, taking his fine songwriting craft and huge harp tone in a multitude of directions. Needless to say, the highlights abound throughout, but most notable in passing are a pair of Smiley Lewis numbers, "Jail Bird" and "Hook, Line, and Sinker," with the former getting the jug-band romp of its life, the Big Walter-borrows- Little Walter's-band instrumental "Varmint," or the jazzy-as-hell "Ain't You Trouble." Or that eerie minor-key voodoo piece, "What's It Gonna Be," or the lowdown "Dry County Blues," which is probably the dirtiest sounding vocal Primich has ever laid down, pure gravel all the way.
-- All-Music Guide
Blues with an infusion of rock and a touch of southern soul -- that's what Gary Primich offers in his debut album on Black Top. Primich plays harmonica, which he has done as sideman on recordings by Steve James, Omar and the Howlers, and Tish Hinojosa. On his own, he keeps his harp by turns wailing and laughing on the mostly original tunes, and turns in solid vocal work on several cuts as well.
-- Kerry Dexter © Dirty Linen, Ltd.
Flying Fish Records 1995
Full Length Track: Dallas Texas
"Easily the most syncretic player on the scene today, Primich has located the Holy Grail of tone on the instrument."
"...Gary Primich is a tonemaster; it's his harp sound, always richly textured and supple, that makes his brand of Texas blues so inviting. At times on MR. FREEZE Primich blows his harp like it was a saxophone, inviting comparisons to Charlie Musselwhite and Little Walter..."
-- Living Blues, January 1996
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Flying Fish Records 1994
Buy Travelin' Mood from Amazon.com
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"In addition to radiating plenty of harp and soul, blues harmonicist Gary Primich's new album . . . is clever, playful and unpredictable."
-- The Washington Post
"One of the best harp players alive."
-- Spotlight Magazine
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Amazing Records 1992
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Amazing Records 1990
[Out of Print]
The recording opens with "Sweet Fine Angel," an easy-rolling Primich original spiced up with sharp and satisfying guitar runs. All manner of rocking blues follow, highlighted by a full force Southside Chicago harp workout on the down-and-dirty "Cadillac Blues," concluding with the tasty instrumental "Cookin' At Sam's." Primich has long since proven he's tough enough to hold his own in the thick of the best blues scene in the country. This recording proves for all that Primich deserves to be heard far beyond the city limits of Austin, Gary and Chicago.
-- Michael Point, 1991
Blues Harmonica The Basics and Beyond
America’s favorite Blues-Harp course! Lessons include: Holding • getting single notes • pursing the lips • tongue blocking • bending notes • theory • bending exercises vibrato • positions • 12-bar blues structure • the art of soloing • warble-trill • licks • runs • intros • turnarounds endings • microphone use • amplifiers • overblows & much more.
Audio CD - 2 discs
In 2005 Gary recorded several tracks with a fine band from Finland, the Wentus Blues Band. It's a compilation of American and European blues artists many of whom are well known to Gary Primich fans. The CD can be ordered from Blue Light Records in Finland.
Guest Appearances include:
Omar & The Howlers -- Muddy Springs Road
Omar & The Howlers -- World Wide Open
Omar & The Howlers -- Swingfille
Steve James -- Art And Grit
Steve James -- Boom Chang
Steve James -- American Primitive
Tish Hinojosa -- Homeland
Tish Hinojosa -- Culture Swing
Libbi Bosworth -- Outskirts of You
Libbi Bosworth -- Austin Country Nights Compilation
Libbi Bosworth -- Libbiville
Starline Rhythm Boys -- Better Luck Is A Barroom Away
Candye Kane -- White Trash Girl
Doyle Bramhall, Sr. -- Fitchburg Street
Jesse Dayton -- Country Soul Brother
Rhino Blues Masters Volume #17 -- "Masters of the Blues Harmonica"
Threadgill's Supper Sessions Volume I and II
US Blues: Back On Track - 3 tracks on this European release that also includes Lazy Lester and Charlie Musselwhite.
Gary rubbed a few elbows in Hollywood. Check out his work in the 1991 Merchant/Ivory Film Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Vanessa Redgrave and Keith Carradine). He can also be heard, along with The Bad Livers, in the 1998 film The Newton Boys (Mathew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke).
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