Smokin' Joe Kubek

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Smokin' Joe Kubek (born November 30, 1956) is an American Texas blues electric guitarist, songwriter, and performer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, Kubek grew up in the Dallas, Texas area.[2] 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.[3]

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.[3]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1985: "Driving Sideways"(2:44)/"Other Side Of Love" (4:22) (Bird Records)

Albums[edit]

  • 1991: Steppin' Out Texas Style (Bullseye Blues Records)
  • 1992: Chain Smokin' Texas Style (Bullseye Blues Records)
  • 1993: Texas Cadillac (Bullseye Blues Records)
  • 1995: Cryin' For The Moon (Bullseye Blues Records)
  • 1996: Keep Comin' Back (Bullseye Blues Records)
  • 1996: The Axe Man (Double Trouble Records)
  • 1996: Got My Mind Back (Bullseye Blues Records)
  • 1998: Take Your Best Shot (Bullseye Blues Records)
  • 2000: Bite Me! (Bullseye Blues Records)
  • 2003: Roadhouse Research (Blind Pig Records)
  • 2004: Show Me The Money (Blind Pig Records)[4]
  • 2006: My Heart's In Texas (Blind Pig Records)[4]
  • 2008: Blood Brothers (Alligator Records)[4]
  • 2010: Have Blues Will Travel (Alligator Records)
  • 2012: Let That Right Hand Go... (Bird Records Texas)
  • 2012: Close To The Bone (Delta Groove)
  • 2013: Road Dog's Life (Delta Groove)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  2. ^ Smokin' Joe Kubek at Allmusic
  3. ^ a b Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 133. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  4. ^ a b c Billboard, Allmusic.com

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