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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Unfortunately for Joe Kubek and his shotgun-riding singer
hythm guitarist partner Bnois King, in the wake of great Texas guitarists like the Vaughan Brothers, just being a really good Lone Star fret slinger gets overlooked. Which is a shame, because over the course of nine albums, Kubek and King crafted a workmanlike if understated catalog of R&B-influenced roadhouse blues. On their debut for Blind Pig, the duo churn up more of the same fare they refined the previous 12 years. Their blues-rock is genuine if derivative, and Kubek is a rugged six-stringer who makes up for his lack of a distinctive sound with gutsy meat-and-potatoes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Unfortunately for Joe Kubek and his shotgun-riding singer
hythm guitarist partner Bnois King, in the wake of great Texas guitarists like the Vaughan Brothers, just being a really good Lone Star fret slinger gets overlooked. Which is a shame, because over the course of nine albums, Kubek and King crafted a workmanlike if understated catalog of R&B-influenced roadhouse blues. On their debut for Blind Pig, the duo churn up more of the same fare they refined the previous 12 years. Their blues-rock is genuine if derivative, and Kubek is a rugged six-stringer who makes up for his lack of a distinctive sound with gutsy meat-and-potatoes playing. Thankfully, King adds warmth and class with his smooth, soulful, and entirely unpretentious singing. His relaxed voice contrasts perfectly with Kubek's tensile, rough-and-ready licks, infusing this music with a yin-yang that elevates it far above bar-band standards. Soulful, nearly pop numbers like "Tell Me Why" allow King to croon outside the confines of a tightly constructed blues tune. Suave yet tight, this and the funky "Cryin' Shame" open up the approach and push at the genre's boundaries. Bogged down slightly by obvious lyrics and song titles like "The Blues Is Still With Us" a thin rewrite of "The Blues Is Alright" and "Got to Get Paid," this remains down-to-earth, often moving music whose heart is as big as the artist's home state.
Southwest Blues
This is Smokin' Joe and Bnois doing what they do best: hardcore, foot stomping, gut wrenching, hard grinding blues. Evidentially all of their "Roadhouse Researching" has paid off, these gentlemen really know how to make excellent music together. Texas Blues at its finest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2003
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • UPC: 019148508026
  • Catalog Number: 5080
  • Sales rank: 143,762

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokin' Joe Kubek Primary Artist, Guitar
Paul Jenkins Bass
Bnois King Guitar, Vocals
Ralph Power Drums
Technical Credits
Smokin' Joe Kubek Producer
Tim Buckley Composer
John Lennon Composer
Lyle Lovett Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Blaise Barton Mastering
Joe Falsia Composer
Jerry Goldstein Composer
Paul Osborne Engineer
Gary Richrath Composer
Larry Beckett Composer
Macron Composer
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