The weekly Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue Sept. 20 with perennial favorites Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $15 at the door.

The red-hot rockin’ Texas blues band will be celebrating the release of the new CD “Have Blues, Will Travel.” Kubek’s raucous roadhouse fretwork is expertly complimented by King’s equally fiery guitar and soulful vocals. Together, the two create a one-two punch of raw, tough, Lone Star blues-rock.

The chemistry between Kubek and King creates a roadhouse blend of muscular blues-rock, hip-shaking shuffles and slow-burning blues. King wrote or co-wrote every song on the new and the slice-of-life lyrics, delivered with his dry, storyteller’s drawl, are honest, believable, wryly humorous and truly insightful.

Kubek was born in Pennsylvania in 1956 but grew up just outside of Dallas. He was leading his own bands and gigging in clubs all around Dallas when he was only 14. Bowled over by the blues a short time after first hearing Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Kubek soon discovered the music of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and other early blues masters including Freddie King, Johnny Copeland and Lightnin’ Hopkins. By the time he was 19, he was backing many famous blues players in the area including legend Freddie King.

Kubek next worked with R&B singer Al “TNT” Braggs and made a host of new friends including Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan (with whom Kubek became close), B.B. King and many other blues icons. He often found himself jamming with these larger-than-life blues stars, while playing constantly around the Dallas area. He not only learned tips and techniques, but also soaked up stories and the lessons of being a professional touring musician.

Bnois (pronounced Buh-noice) King was born in Delhi, La. and was inspired to play guitar by his high school music teacher. Before long, he was playing blues cover songs with a local band. On his own, he traveled through Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, finding local bands to gig with and also performing with carnival tent show groups. King made his way to Dallas in 1979, gigging with jazz combos until he hooked up with Kubek 10 years later.

A master storyteller, King did not start writing and singing until he joined forces with Kubek, when both duties fell on him. They met in 1989 at a Monday night Dallas jam session. The two became fast friends and melded their seemingly divergent styles into one of the most potent guitar combinations the Southwest has ever produced.

Upcoming performers in the Monday night series are Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Sept. 27; John Primer, Oct. 4; JoAnne Shaw Taylor, Oct. 11; Deb Callahan, Oct. 18; and James Armstrong, Oct. 25. Schedule is subject to change.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to