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Friday, November 18, 2005

"Best of Smokin' Joe Kubek - Served Up Texas Style"



One of my favorite Blues artists is Smokin' Joe Kubek. If you love the fiery Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan you will love you some Smokin' Joe. He and his bandmate B'nois King have turned out 10 fine albums in the past 15+ years. B'nois is a great jazz guitarist and vocalist and the mix with Smokin' Joe is just awesome. Their complementary styles just work incredibly well together. Joe can play a smooth, stinging slide on a slow blues number, a loping Texas shuffle or a burning uptempo boogie with equal ease and aplomb. Layered with B'nois' whiskey smooth vocals and light fingered and tasty rhythm guitar with occasional leads and you have a combo that hasn't been equaled anywhere else.

I've turned folks who didn't like the Blues before into avid listeners. If you have the slightest interest in the genre you owe it to yourself to give them a try. You won't regret it and your ears will thank you for it.

They have a new album (#11) out that will make a nice introduction to newcomers. It is a 'best of' compilation with a couple of previously unreleased tunes to entice the complete collectors (like me). You can go to the link below and hear samples of all the cuts on the new cd.

listen here:
The Smokin' Joe Kubek Band
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read more about 'em here at:
Blind Pig Records

discography:
The Axe Man - debut(198?)- re-released 1996 (very hard to find)
Texas Cadillac - 1990
Steppin' Out Texas Style - 1991
Chain Smokin' Texas Style - 1992
Cryin' for the Moon - 1995
Got My Mind Back - 1996
Take Your Best Shot - 1998
Bite Me! - 2000
Roadhouse Research - 2003
Show Me the Money - 2004
Served Up Texas Style: The Best of the Smokin' Joe Kubek Band - 2005

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