Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King
From Simmering to Smokin'
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Boulder Blues Site
Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King started out simmering on songs like "Going To New York" and "I've Been Watching You". It wasn't until "The Girl Understands" that Kubek really began smoking. Then Smokin' Joe played a great slide guitar on "Little Red Rooster". The set ended with Bnois King leading the band through "It Was Good When It Was Good, Bad When It Went Bad".
Just before the start of the second set emcee Monk Andriaccio announced the passing of blues giant John Lee Hooker. The news seemed to have saddened the crowd. It took a good shot of the blues to drown our sorrows. Smokin' Joe and band lead the way. The rhythm section of bassman Bill Bailly and drummer Mark Lignell kicked it up, and so did Bnois King and Kubek. Smokin' Joe played more slide in this set, wailing on "Meet Me Half Way" and "I'm Gonna Leave You Baby."
On "Big Legged Woman" Bnois King played his guitar with his teeth, a move made famous by Jimi Hendrix. The evening ended with a great version of the Willie Dixon classic "Backdoor Man". It was a very good night for the blues, spoiled only by the death of John Lee Hooker. Goodbye John Lee. We will miss you!
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001 Moondog Productions
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