Bite Me!

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
The Smokin' Joe Kubek band, with vocalist Bnois King sharing guitar leads with the leader, is one of the most popular roadhouse bands to come out of modern-day Texas. As if to show how up-to-date his band is, Kubeck kicks off BITE ME with his weirdly fuzzy guitar-gizmo-driven salute to the blues, "If You Know What I'm Sayin'." But then, on the title instrumental,he pops right back into the kind of shuffle that fills a dance floor in an instant, showcasing some tasty, chicken-pickin' guitar work. The rowdy numbers -- "Rollercoaster Love" and "All About That Thang" -- have producer Jim Gaines's generic roots rock stamp on them, but credibility is regained on the slow ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
The Smokin' Joe Kubek band, with vocalist Bnois King sharing guitar leads with the leader, is one of the most popular roadhouse bands to come out of modern-day Texas. As if to show how up-to-date his band is, Kubeck kicks off BITE ME with his weirdly fuzzy guitar-gizmo-driven salute to the blues, "If You Know What I'm Sayin'." But then, on the title instrumental,he pops right back into the kind of shuffle that fills a dance floor in an instant, showcasing some tasty, chicken-pickin' guitar work. The rowdy numbers -- "Rollercoaster Love" and "All About That Thang" -- have producer Jim Gaines's generic roots rock stamp on them, but credibility is regained on the slow grooves of the sexy "Ready to Learn" and the stingingly emotional "Player Got Played." Saxophonist Kaz Kazanoff guests on several tunes, most noticeably enhancing the rockin' soul of "Lay It on Me, Leona." But BITE ME doesn't step too much further outside of the Texas electric blues mode, cementing its appeal to both Smokin' Joe's steady following and the new fans this rocking disc will surely attract.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Guitarist Smokin' Joe Kubek and his partner, singer-guitarist Bnois King, were signed to Bullseye Blues just after the bubble burst on the crossover appeal of electric Texas blues, with the breakup of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1990. While the label may have hoped they would fill those shoes, Kubek and King have never, in seven albums, really made much of a move to the mainstream, remaining content to turn out faithful recreations of Texas-style blues. On their first few albums, they recorded a lot of covers, while their most recent efforts have consisted entirely of band originals, which is also the case on Bite Me! But the musical structures are so familiar that the songwriting credits are only nominal; Kubek and King are more about playing than writing. They work in the occasional novelty, such as the "talkbox" Kubek sucks on in the opening track, "If You Know What I'm Sayin'," but King makes the players' fidelity clear in the lyrics -- "you know what the blues is about." They do, and they perform it as well here as they ever have.
Southwest Blues
An excellent mix of blues, rock and surprises that showcases great songwriting, different styles, and Joe Kubek's ever-strong guitar playing.

An excellent mix of blues, rock and surprises that showcases great songwriting, different styles, and Joe Kubek's ever-strong guitar playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2000
  • Label: Bullseye Blues
  • UPC: 011661961722
  • Catalog Number: 619617

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokin' Joe Kubek Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Hammond Organ, Talking, Slide Guitar, Piano (Grand)
Jerry Hancock Percussion, Electric Bass
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Harmonica
Bnois King Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Les Izmore Baritone Saxophone
Daz Kazanoff Tenor Saxophone
Gary Slechta Trumpet
Jas Stephens Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Jim Gaines Producer
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Horn Arrangements
Stuart Sullivan Engineer
Mike Iacoppelli Mastering
Moira Mccormick Liner Notes
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