Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Friday, January 18, 2008

Smokin' Joe Kubek

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Artist: Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King
Title: Show Me the Money

I have been familiar with Kubek’s career for more than a decade now including listening to most of his releases during this period. While his guitar playing has always been above average his albums have been less than inspired. I frequently thought that Kubek’s willingness to give King microphone time was a bad career move. As the human body ages eventually the voice loses its clout. I would lump Bnois King in the group of blues artists who’s voice is not what it used to be; B. B. King, Etta James, Johnny Winter. So my expectations for Kubek’s latest were quite low.
As a live performer Kubek usually leaves ‘it all on stage’ but, like many recording artists, he was unable to translate that onto the Compact Disc. Well listen up blues fans because Smokin’ Joe’s latest, Show Me the Money, is well worth your ear time. Slicker, grittier, and with a recharged sense of melody Kubek’s latest is probably more rock than trad but the heavy blues flavour remains the same.

Historically artists of Kubek’s magnitude have released albums with the intent of selling them off the stage. On his latest Kubek release, if he can muster the marketing, radio airplay, and tour his tail off, Kubek & King deserve to see sales in stores.

In a ‘One to Ten World Where Five is Average’ this is a solid seven and worth your examination. Hear Kubek’s latest and all the new releases every Sunday from Nine to Noon on K89.7 FM, KIWR’s Pacific Street Blues radio program featuring Rick Galusha.

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