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Joe Kubek

Joe Kubek

“The famous nightly question I get from every guitarist after a performance: Is your amp vintage stock or has it been hot-rodded?’ My reply: ‘Hey, my sound is all in my fingers…and in the tone of my Eminence Speakers.’”

Having grown up in Irving, Texas, Kubek was playing in Dallas clubs at the age of 14. Three years later, he took a deeper interest in blues, prompted by Eric Clapton and Peter Green, and formed his first band. Shortly afterward, he played rhythm guitar behind Freddie King until King’s death in December 1976. After a short spell with Robert Whitfield’s Last Combo, he joined Al Braggs band. Examples of his work can be heard on Braggs 1979 production of tracks by R. L. Griffin. He also recorded with Charlie Robinson, Big Ray Anderson and Ernie Johnson, and on Little Joe Blue’s album, “It’s My Turn Now”. In 1989, he teamed up with singer/guitarist Bnois King, from Monroe, Louisiana, whose soul-tinged vocals and jazz-orientated style contrasted well with Kubek’s more strident finger and slide techniques. “The Axe Man” is an album of covers recorded before their Bullseye Blues debut. Subsequent releases have consolidated their reputation as a solid, entertaining band.

King lays down a bed of smooth supporting jazz chords on his hollow bodied Gibson that allows Kubek to take center stage and play with almost reckless abandon. Together this dynamic duo has recorded 7 albums for Bullseye Blues & Jazz Records, the newest being the 2000 “BITE ME.” So buckle up and get ready for a one-two punch, thrill-a-minute ride of high-octane Texas blues.

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