Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King review…February 19, 2015…

SMOKIN’ JOE KUBEK AND BNOIS KING

FAT MAN’S SHINE PARLOR

BLIND PIG CD  BPCD  5163

GOT MY HEART BROKEN–CORNBREAD–DIAMOND EYES–CRASH AND BURN–RIVER OF WHISKEY–DON’T WANT TO BE ALONE–BROWN BOMBA MOJO–HOW MUCH–ONE GIRL BY MY SIDE–LONE STAR LAP DANCE–DONE GOT CAUGHT BLUES–HEADED FOR RUIN

Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King have been playing together for some twenty-five years.  Their fire-and-ice tandem playing style has thrilled fans all over the world, and for their triumphant return to the Blind Pig label, they have just released “Fat Man’s Shine Parlor.”

The party gets goin’ with the “endless boogie” drive of “Got My Heart Broken,’ as Bnois sings of an affair with “another man’s wife” that he just can’t seem to turn loose of.  Every Southern food staple from ribs to hoghead cheese all go better with “Cornbread,” while, sometimes, when your love life hits the skids, just call the “Brown Bomba Mojo!”  Both players get in some great fretwork on this one.

The high cost of traveling is the theme of “How Much”‘ as Bnois bemoans expensive cab rides and airport security checks. Jjoe coaxes some funky, echo-effect sounds out of his guitar on “One Girl By My Side,” and both fellows sho’ nuff let their hair down in the swingin’ instrumental, “Lone Star Lap Dance.”

We had three favortes, too.  A superficial woman who “looks like a million but ain’t worth a dime” is ready to “Crash And Burn.”  Joe busts out his slide over Bnois’ vocal on a story of life’s various temptations, “River Of Whiskey,” and Bnois literally “got caught with my pants down” on the slyly-humorous slow-burn of “Done Got Caught Blues!”

Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King can always be counted on to bring us fans the very best in roadhouse-rockin’ blues  Take a trip down to the “Fat Man’s Shine Parlor” for a red-hot good time!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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