Thursday, December 2, 2010

'Have Blues Will Travel'

Bnois King and Smokin' Joe Kubek
Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King stop at Callahan's Music Hall Saturday as part of their tour supporting their fine new Alligator Records' release "Have Blues Will Travel." Ann Arbor's Lester Hambone Brown opens.

I talked by telephone with Smokin' Joe recently during his tour stop in Nashville. He and Bnois King are known for their solid one-two punch of Lone Star blues-rock and the onstage chemistry they have developed from a collaboration of over 20 years.

Like many musicians, Smokin' Joe can't wait to go on the road, and then, when on the road, looks forward to going home to Texas.

"I love being on stage," he said. "I get a lot of gratitude being on stage. It’s a total privilege. Not many people have their dream come true and I’m fortunate to have mine come true."

For a complete report on Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King, click here.

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