|Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King|
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.