Get your blues weekend started with Smokin’ Joe Kubeck. Joe will appear on Friday, November 19th, 2010 at Buddy Guy’s Legends. Along with Joe will be Bnois King. The music kicks off at 5:30 to 8:00 with a free acoustic set by Harmonica Hinds. At 9:00, Little Al Thomas takes the stage. Smokin’ Joe comes on at 10:30. Admission is $20.00 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased online through Legends website.
Joe is a fiery blues rockin’ guitarist born in Grove City, Pennsylvania on 11/30/56 and raised in Irving, Texas. As a 14 year old prodigy, he was already playing in clubs around the Dallas area. Influenced by Eric Clapton and Peter Green, he formed his own band at 17. Shortly after, he played rhythm guitar for Freddie King until his death in 1976. He has played with many legends including B.B. King, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, whom he became close with. In 1989, he teamed up with singer/guitarist Bnois King. Their contrasting styles complement each other nicely. Bnois is more of a melodic jazz guitarist, while Joe is a rocking fierce picker/slide player. They have played together for over 20 years and have recorded for Bullseye, Blind Pig, and now are on Chicago’s Alligator Records. Their Alligator debut, “Blood Brothers” was released in 2008. Smokin’ Joe says Alligator Records is like the Rolls Royce of blues labels. Their new release “Have Blues Will Travel” was released in 2010.
On Saturday, November 20th, 2010 David “Honeyboy” Edwards headlines at an earlier time at 9:30. Kicking the music off at 6:00 for a free acoustic show will be Guy King. At 11:00, Duke Robillard will take the stage. Cover is $20.00. Tickets can be purchased online through Legends website.
Honeyboy Edwards, the 95 year old living legend, is not to be missed. He is one of the last links to Robert Johnson. He has been recorded by Alan Lomax for the library of Congress. He was born in 1915 in Shaw, Mississippi and moved to Chicago in the fifties. He started out by playing small clubs and street corners. He met Michael Frank in 1972 and began playing Chicago’s North side blues scene. Frank started Earwig Records and Honeyboy recorded “Old Friends” in 1979. Those old friends were Sunnyland Slim, Big Walter Horton, Kansas City Red and Floyd Jones. He has played many Chicago Blues Festivals and even gave a seminar at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival this past summer.
Duke Robillard is a native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. In 1967, he started Room Full of Blues. Room Full gave him his first taste of national exposure. After a dozen years, he left to record with others and form his own band. He did that until 1990, when he replaced Jimmy Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He has been named “Best Blues Guitarist” by the Blues Music Awards in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004. He has also won several Canadian Maple Blues Awards in 2001, 2002 and 2003. These awards haven’t gone to his head as he still does around 250 shows a year.