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Mar 23, 2020
Smokin’ Joe Kubek (November 30, 1956 – October 11, 2015) was an American Texas blues electric guitarist, songwriter and performer.
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 song writer for the Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band, touring and equally billed with Kubek after 1997.
Building a repertoire from old, neglected blues genre songs (such as from the likes of Jimmy Reed and Freddie King), the duo found a ready audience for Bnois King’s laid-back vocalizations and rhythm guitar playing, and Kubek’s hard-playing blues style. At this time, King discovered other talents he didn’t realize he possessed: singing and song writing. King hadn’t really sung much on stage until he teamed up with Kubek. King said about it: “We needed a singer so I sang… and every time I did the crowds went wild. We needed songs so I wrote about things that happened to me, to people I knew…” Audiences enjoyed the blending of the two’s very different playing styles.
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.
In 1985, Kubek released his first record on Bird Records, a 45 RPM single with the tracks “Driving Sideways” (written by Freddie King and Sonny Thompson) and “Other Side Of Love” (written by Doyle Bramhall Sr.). The single’s executive producers were Clint Birdwell and Charley Wirz. The two tracks reappeared on Kubek’s 2012 album, Let That Right Hand Go, produced by Birdwell and issued on Birdwell’s label, Bird Records Texas. The album is a collection of mostly unreleased material recorded since the 1980s (with the 1985 single’s track, “Other Side Of Love”, entitled “The Other Side Of Love”).
In 1991, Kubek released his first full-length album, entitled Steppin’ Out Texas Style (Bullseye Blues Records), and later released over a dozen albums on various labels.
Kubek died October 11, 2015 from a heart attack at the age of 58
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