Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King
New Rhythm. Same Smoke
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Boulder Blues Site
Smokin' Joe Kubek with Bnois King took the stage at the Railhead with a new rhythm section, Adam Hagerman on drums and bassist Jacque Garoutte. The opening number, the instrumental "DOUBLE OR NOTHIN'", showed us good things that were to come. By "TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT", Smokin' Joe was living up to his name on slide guitar. Bassist Jacque Garoutte added a heavy bass solo to the instrumental "STEP ON IT". It seemed that Adam and Jacque were handling the bottom duties very well.
The band played "WALK ON", and it sounded much better than the last time I saw them. They ended their first set with a song called "MEAN OLD WORLD", much to the delight of the crowd, which included some of Smokin' Joe's own family.
Smokin' Joe started in with his slide work on "LET ME TAKE YOUR PICTURE" to open the second set. By the time the band played "CORN PALACE", Joe was playing some tasty leads, Jacque was slapping his bass, and Bnois was playing guitar with his teeth, while Adam was holding down the beat.
The band's second set was even better that the first. The songs "TV LIGHT" and "YOU SAID I LOVED YOU FIRST" were exceptional. This exhausting show ended with the song "HANDS ON IT" with the crowd screaming for more. The band came out for an encore of "CHAIN SMOKIN'" to a crowd that was as tired and happy as the band themselves.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright ©2002 Moondog Productions
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