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Monday, September 17, 2012

New Release: Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King "Close To The Bone"



Featuring: Big Pete, Lynwood Slim, Bob Corritore, Shawn Pittman, Kirk Fletcher,
Fred Kaplan, Paul Size, Randy Chortkoff, Willie J. Campbell and Jimi Bott.

Joe Kubek was raised in Irving, Texas, and while still a teenager was playing guitar in the band of the original Texas Cannonball, Freddie King. Kubek went on to forge his aggressive guitar style fronting his own band, and backing many legendary blues artists throughout the '70s and '80s, including Al "TNT" Braggs, Little Joe Blue, and others. Influenced by the hard-rocking blues of the '60s and '70s, Kubek's guitar playing smolders with the same fire that burned in the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Winter, earning him the well-deserved nickname "Smokin' Joe."

Bnois King is a native of Monroe, Louisiana. His musical influences come from a generation earlier than Kubek's, with the smoother sounds of T-Bone Walker and B.B. King in evidence, along with some of the soulful and jazzier sounds of the 1950s and '60s. He was fronting his own band in the '80s when he first met Kubek backstage at someone else's gig. Together this unlikely pair forged a musical bond that has not only lasted the test of time, but continues to flourish. Joe's hard-edged guitar provides the perfect counter-balance for the jazzy guitar and deep blues vocals of Bnois. King serves to keep their music rooted in the tradition, while Kubek stretches out and provides an energy that has been thrilling audiences over the twenty-plus years of their partnership.

Produced by Randy Chortkoff and mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer David Z, "Close To The Bone" is a new spin on the Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King sound – it's their 'unplugged' release, played almost entirely on acoustic instruments. It allows their music to breath and flow, and displays some beautifully subtle interplay that might have been overlooked in another setting. But their inspired songwriting is one of the primary elements that sets them apart from the pack – the vast majority of the music on this CD is original. Smart, clever lyrics, toe-tapping grooves and interesting, memorable arrangements add up to one of the strongest releases to date from this duo. But of course they couldn't do it alone; some of the best in the business joined them in the studio, including fellow Delta Groove artists Big Pete, Lynwood Slim, Bob Corritore, Shawn Pittman, Kirk Fletcher, Hollywood Blue Flames' keyboard man Fred Kaplan, former Red Devils guitarist Paul Size, Randy Chortkoff on harmonica, and the rhythm section of Willie J. Campbell and Jimi Bott. With over two decades of experience together on stages and in studios around the world, and over a dozen major CD releases, Kubek and King bring the essence of Texas blues to Delta Groove.

"King's jazzy guitar work is the perfect foil to Kubek's more incendiary style. They are simply the best guitar tandem on the scene today." - Blues Revue Magazine

"Potent, undiluted 100-proof Texas blues honed to a razor's edge." – Guitar One

"Some really exceptional acoustic guitar blues...bound to solidify existing fans and win them new fans who enjoy a clean, clear stroke at acoustic blues." - Bman's Blues Report

Retail: $17.99
Discounted Price: $12.99
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Smokin' Joe Kubek: acoustic guitar
& slide guitar
Bnois King: vocals & acoustic guitar
Randy Chortkoff: harmonica
Bob Corritore: harmonica
Lynwood Slim: harmonica
"Big Pete" van der Pluijm: harmonica
Kirk Fletcher: acoustic guitar
Shawn Pittman: national steel guitar
Paul Size: acoustic guitar
Fred Kaplan: piano
Willie J. Campbell: bass
Jimi Bott: drums
Jeff Scott Fleenor: suitcase foot drum

Produced by Randy Chortkoff

01. Poor Boy Blues (3:30)
02. Can't Let Go (4:10)
03. My Best Friend (3:55)
04. Keep Her Around (3:30)
05. Get Out There and Get it (3:57)
06. Yankin' My Chain (3:36)
07. Drowning in Red Ink (5:37)
08. My Hats Off To You (4:06)
09. No Good Could Come Of This (3:29)
10. Ordinary Man (5:00)
11. She Got Rid Of Me (3:54)
12. Jump the Moon (4:55)
13. Mama's Bad Luck Child (4:33)
14. Baby You're the One (3:20)


Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King performing live at the KXT studios during the KXT Morning Show with Gini Mascorro .

Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King in Fort Worth, Texas at J&J Blues Bar.


Smokin' Joe Kubek is sponsored by and uses GHS GUITAR STRINGS. For more info on GHS GUITAR STRINGS visit:

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09/18/12: Dubois, PA – Treasure Lake Ski-Lodge
09/20/12: West Seneca, NY – Rhinos Union Pub
09/28/12: Kansas City, KS – Knucklehead Saloon
09/29/12: Junction City, KS – Jammin' In JC Blues Festival
10/06/12: Paris, TX – Paris Blues Festival
11/02/12: Denizzli/Marmaris, Turkey – Richmond Pamukkale Spa Hotel
11/03/12: Antalya, Turkey – Hillside Su Hotel
11/04/12: Konya, Turkey – Dedeman Konya Hotel
11/06/12: Kayseri, Turkey – Hilton Kayseri
11/08/12: Mersin, Turkey – Mer-Yat Merada Center
11/09/12: Adana, Turkey – Hilton Sa
11/11/12: Hatay, Turkey – Anemon Antakya Otel
11/12/12: Trnc, Turkey – Jasmine Court Hotel – Disco
11/13/12: Trnc, Turkey – Jasmine Court Hotel – Disco
11/14/12: Gaziantep, Turkey – Kalender Plaza
11/16/12: Diyarbakir, Turkey – Demirok Tesisleri
11/18/12: Erzurum, Turkey – Polat Renaissance Hotel
11/20/12: Trabzon, Turkey – Zorlu Grand Hotel
11/22/12: Ankara, Turkey – Biken Otel
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11/26/12: Eskisehir, Turkey – 222 Park
11/27/12: Bursa, Turkey – Bursa Suare
11/28/12: Balikesir, Turkey – Asya Pamukcu Termal Otel
11/30/12: Istanbul, Turkey – Lutfi Kirdar Ukss-Rumelihall
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