Blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter, the late Gary Primich was among a rare breed of musicians on the blues scene today — those who learned directly at the feet of the masters and proved themselves on the mean streets and ghetto club stages of Chicago. A dedicated musician who not only revered tradition but forged his own innovative sound, Primich honed his meaty, fat-toned harmonica chops and energetic R&B vocal style at Chicago's storied and legendary Maxwell Street Market. Performing there in the late '70s and early '80s along greats like Big Walter Horton, Johnny Littlejohn, Sunnyland Slim, and John Henry Davis, Gary received a first-hand blues education that could never be taught in a classroom.
Although a resident of Austin, Texas for over 20 years, Primich still embodied the characteristic blue collar work ethic of his Midwest stomping grounds, recording eight albums, and relentlessly playing over 200 nights per year nationally and internationally.
Gary was also held in high esteem by his peers. Juke Logan says "Gary Primich scares the bejesus outta me. As a harmonica player's harmonica player, that is." The late Cub Koda echoed that sentiment with "He's always willing to lay his heart on the line for the music."
In addition to his solo efforts, Gary was an in-demand sideman, gigging and recording with notables such as Omar & The Howlers, Tish Hinojosa, Steve James and Libbi Bosworth. Humble, ever a bluesman and "a regular Joe," he envisions his epitaph. "He changed his oil every 3000 miles."
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.