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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Smokin Joe Kubek has passed - My thoughts and prayers are with his family

Johnny Main of the 44's has posted that Smokin Joe Kubek has suffered a heart attack in his room before his show. He is reportedly passed. I will provide more information as I have it. It is a sad day indeed.


Born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, Kubek grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. In the 1970s during his teen years, he played with the likes of Freddie King and in the 1980s began performing with Louisiana-born singer, Bnois King. In 1985, Kubek released his first record on Bird Records, a 45 RPM single with the tracks "Driving Sideways" (written by Freddie King and Sonny Thompson) and "Other Side Of Love" (written by Doyle Bramhall, Sr.). The single was executively produced by Clint Birdwell and co-produced by Charley Wirz and Kubek. The two tracks reappeared on Kubek's 2012 album, Let That Right Hand Go, produced by Clint Birdwell and issued on Birdwell's label, Bird Records Texas. The album is a collection of mostly unreleased material recorded since the 1980s (with the 1985 single's track, "Other Side Of Love", entitled "The Other Side Of Love"). In 1991, Kubek released his first full-length album entitled Steppin' Out Texas Style (Bullseye Blues Records) and has since released over a dozen albums on various labels.

6 comments:

  1. A great friend and true bluesman lost but never forgotten....

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  2. Very Sorry to read this....Our prayers to Joe's Family and Bnois King...from a very blues hearts that is broken over this news.....Max and Ruth

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  3. One of the great Guitar player is gone RIP Smokin joe Kubek

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  4. Joe has went on to Jam with all the Great Musicians that he has played with over the years. The list is long and full of Legends .His music lives on forever>>>>

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  5. Sending our prayers and love to family and to his side kick and like his brother Bnois. I loved to hear his music and will ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART.
    Diane and Rob Hayden

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