Close to the Bone

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ARTIST: Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King
TITLE: Close to the Bone
FORMAT: Compact Disc
LABEL: Delta Groove Music
RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2012
UPC NUMBER: 850021001728

Smokin’ Joe Kubek: acoustic guitar [left channel], guitar solos (1, 2, 6, 8-11, 13, 14), slide guitar (3, 7, 12)
Bnois King: vocals, acoustic guitar [right channel], guitar solos (1, 3, 6-11, 14)
Big Pete: harmonica [center channel] (4, 9)
Randy Chortkoff: harmonica [left channel] (4, 9)
Bob Corritore: harmonica [right channel] (4, 9)
Lynwood Slim: harmonica (13)
Kirk Fletcher: acoustic guitar [center channel] (2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12)
Shawn Pittman: National steel guitar (2)
Paul Size: acoustic guitar [right channel] (2, 4)
Fred Kaplan: piano (7)
Willie J. Campbell: electric bass (4, 7, 10)
Jimi Bott: drums (2, 4, 7, 10)
Jeff Scott Fleenor: suitcase foot drum (12)

01. Poor Boy Blues (3:30)
02. Can’t Let Go (4:10)
03. My Best Friend (3:55)
04. Keep Her Around (3:30)
05. Get Out There and Get it (3:57)
06. Yankin’ My Chain (3:36)
07. Drowning in Red Ink (5:37)
08. My Hats Off to You (4:06)
09. No Good Could Come of This (3:29)
10. Ordinary Man (5:00)
11. She Got Rid of Me (3:54)
12. Jump the Moon (4:55)
13. Mama’s Bad Luck Child (4:33)
14. Baby You’re the One (3:20)

Produced by Randy Chortkoff

Close to the Bone

Artist: Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois KingGenres: , , .


Joe Kubek was raised in Irving, Texas, and while still a teenager, was playing guitar in the band of the original Texas Cannonball, Freddie King. Kubek went on to forge his aggressive guitar style fronting his own band and backing many legendary blues artists throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, including Al “TNT” Braggs, Little Joe Blue, and others. Influenced by the hard-rocking blues of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Kubek’s guitar playing smolders with the same fire that burned in the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Winter, earning him the well-deserved nickname, “Smokin’ Joe.”

Bnois King is a native of Monroe, Louisiana. His musical influences come from a generation earlier than Kubek’s, with the smoother sounds of T-Bone Walker and B.B. King in evidence, along with some of the soulful and jazzier sounds of the 1950s and ‘60s. He was fronting his own band in the ‘80s when he first met Kubek backstage at someone else’s gig. Together this unlikely pair forged a musical bond that has not only lasted the test of time, but continues to flourish. Joe’s hard-edged guitar provides the perfect counter-balance for the jazzy guitar and deep blues vocals of Bnois. King serves to keep their music rooted in tradition, while Kubek stretches out and provides an energy that has been thrilling audiences over the twenty-plus years of their partnership.

“Close to the Bone” is a new spin on the Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King sound – it’s their ‘unplugged’ release, played almost entirely on acoustic instruments. It allows their music to breath and flow, and displays some beautifully subtle interplay that might have been overlooked in another setting. But their inspired songwriting is one of the primary elements that sets them apart from the pack – the vast majority of the music on this CD is original. Smart, clever lyrics, toe-tapping grooves and interesting, memorable arrangements add up to one of the strongest releases to date from this duo. But of course they couldn’t do it alone; some of the best in the business joined them in the studio, including fellow Delta Groove artists Big Pete, Lynwood Slim, Bob Corritore, Shawn Pittman, Kirk Fletcher, Hollywood Blue Flames’ keyboard man Fred Kaplan, former Red Devils guitarist Paul Size, and Randy Chortkoff on harmonica, among others. With over two decades of experience together on stages and in studios around the world, and over a dozen major CD releases, Kubek and King bring the essence of Texas blues to Delta Groove.

“King’s jazzy guitar work is the perfect foil to Kubek’s more incendiary style. They are simply the best guitar tandem on the scene today.” – Blues Revue Magazine

“Potent, undiluted 100-proof Texas blues honed to a razor’s edge.” – Guitar One

“I’m very excited to have them in the Delta Groove family. I’m blown away by their great songwriting and performances – a true Texas duo.” – Randy Chortkoff / Founder and President of Delta Groove Music

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