Friday, September 30, 2011


Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King
The red-hot rockin' Texas blues band Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King will be touring Europe between October 21 and November 3, 2011. Kubek and King will be performing songs from their latest Alligator release, Have Blues, Will Travel. Kubek's raucous roadhouse fretwork is expertly complimented by the equally fiery guitar and soulful vocals of Bnois King. Together, the two create a one-two punch of raw, tough, Lone Star blues-rock. Concert information is as follows:

October 21, 2011    Jimiway Blues Festival    Ostrow Wielkopolski, POLAND
October 22, 2011    Blues Garage            Isernhagen, GERMANY
October 23, 2011    Goor Blues Club        Gooreind, BELGIUM
October 27, 2011    Postojna Blues        Postojna, SLOVENIA
October 29, 2011    ADMR Blues Night        Brescia, ITALY
November 3, 2011    Magazzino Di Gilgamesh    Torino, ITALY

With Have Blues, Will Travel, Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King take a giant step forward. The chemistry between Kubek's blistering fretwork and King's savvy vocals and unpredictable, multifaceted guitar work creates a roadhouse blend of muscular blues-rock, hip-shaking shuffles and slow-burning blues. Each song is infused with deep, from-the-heart musicianship, carefully crafted, true-to-life lyrics and delivered with the occasional smile. King wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, with words that are clever and poetic. The slice-of-life lyrics, delivered with King's dry, storyteller's drawl, are honest, believable, wryly humorous and truly insightful.

Joe Kubek was born in Pennsylvania in 1956 but grew up just outside of Dallas. He was leading his own bands and gigging in clubs all around Dallas when he was only 14. Bowled over by the blues a short time after first hearing Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Kubek soon discovered the music of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and other early blues masters including Freddie King, Johnny Copeland and Lightnin' Hopkins. By the time he was 19, he was backing many famous blues players in the area, including legend Freddie King.

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