Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King at All Play in Des Moines, IA. March 4, 2011.
Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King – one of the most talented guitar tandems in any genre. Playing together for twenty-five years, they have become a dynamic musical tour de force, with Joe’s flame-throwing guitar work complemented by Bnois’ cool, jazz-inflected playing and soulful vocals. Their incendiary live shows feature two top-flight guitarists intuitively locked in with each other and backed by a firepower rhythm section, making for a powerful and irresistible combination.
Smokin Joe Kubek
Smokin Joe Kubek (November 30, 1956 – October 11, 2015) was an American Texas blues electric guitarist, songwriter, and performer. Born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, Kubek grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. In the 1970s during his teen years, he played with the likes of Freddie King and in the 1980s began performing with Louisiana-born musician and vocalist, Bnois King.
He was undoubtedly one of the most expressive guitarists of the last few decades. He was considered to be a faithful and competent continuator of the “Texas” style of the game associated with such names as: Lightnin Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Bnois King (born January 21, 1943) (pronounced “buh-noise”) is a Texas Blues and Jazz guitar player, vocalist, and composer. He most often played guitar and rhythm guitar, and acted as the main vocalist and original songwriter for the Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band, touring and equally billed with Kubek after 1997.
1991: The Axe Man (Double Trouble Records)
1991: Steppin’ Out Texas Style (Bullseye Blues Records)
1992: Chain Smokin’ Texas Style (Bullseye Blues Records)
1993: Texas Cadillac (Bullseye Blues Records)
1995: Cryin’ For The Moon (Bullseye Blues Records)
1996: Keep Comin’ Back (Bullseye Blues Records)
1996: Got My Mind Back (Bullseye Blues Records)
1998: Take Your Best Shot (Bullseye Blues Records)
2000: Bite Me! (Bullseye Blues Records)
2003: Roadhouse Research (Blind Pig Records)
2004: Show Me The Money (Blind Pig Records)
2005: Served Up Texas Style (Bullseye Blues Records)
2006: My Heart’s In Texas (Blind Pig Records)
2008: Blood Brothers (Alligator Records)
2010: Have Blues Will Travel (Alligator Records)
2012: Let That Right Hand Go… (Bird Records Texas)
2012: Close To The Bone (Delta Groove Productions)
2013: Road Dog’s Life (Delta Groove)
2015: Fat Man’s Shine Parlor (Blind Pig Records)
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