Texas blues in Midcoast Maine

Sep 11, 2012
Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King

Rockland — The Monday Night Blues series continues Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. with returning favorites Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King at the Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Admission will be $15.

The Texas-bred Kubek was playing in Dallas clubs at age 14. A few years later, he got the blues bug and it wasn’t long before he was playing rhythm guitar behind the great Freddie King. After King's death, Kubek and his ax performed and recorded with a number of artists. In 1989, he teamed up with soul-tinged singer/guitarist Bnois King, from Monroe, La. Kubek, coming from the blazing Texas blues/rock background, found in King's smooth jazz guitar stylings a finesse and fat-chord sound that was a perfect complement to his technique.

This union began during a regular Monday-night gig in Dallas when Kubek invited King to sit in. Although the partnership is a natural, Kubek still seems amazed that it worked at all. More than 20 years later, it’s still working. Their 2010 alligator release “Have Blues Will Travel” saw the pair writing or co-writing every track. In Rockland, they will bring their just-released unplugged Delta Groove CD, “Close to the Bone.”

Upcoming in the weekly series are: Oct. 1, the Peter Novelli Band ($10); Oct. 8, the Lydia Warren Band ($10); Oct 15, Bobby Messano Band ($10); Oct. 22, Gracie Curran Band ($10); and Oct. 29, the Anthony Gomes Band ($15). For more information, visit the Time Out Pub Blues link at northatlanticbluesfestival.com.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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