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  • Audio CD (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Alligator
  • ASIN: B003E3ZKYQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Hard-hitting Texas blues band has been recording and touring the U.S. and the world since the early '90s. Smokin' Joe is a guitar hero in the tradition of Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Bnois is a deeply soulful vocalist and terrific guitarist in his own right. Add a combustible rhythm section and you get 11 critically acclaimed albums and almost 130,000 total career sales, including nearly 10,500 to date for 2008's 'Blood Brothers'.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ramses on 18 Jan. 2011
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This is a knock-out for me. It is a really THRILLING blues album. I am not too much of a dummy in blues (have thousands of records) but this duet is new to me. I got it by luck, and LUCK it is: this is a really outstanding blues album from Alligator. The songs are amazing, sound powerful, artists on top. This has got to be magic that brought these two together (long time ago - after a check it seems they have been together for years). Lubek's guitar plus BNois vocals = MUCH more than the sum of each part, must have to do with the rhythm section - that one sounds like thunder. Well, I am listening to this in a loop for the moment. It's hard to choose, lots of great blues albums these days, but this is surely one of the best in 2010, if not THE very best. Whatever the ranking, this is definitely one not to miss.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james on 8 April 2012
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I was looking forward to this album, but found it disappointing, especially about the reviews I had read about it. I much prefer Keb Mo, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The WT Feaster Band, and Danny Bryant's Redeyeband.
James Cumbria.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Their best album yet! 6 Jun. 2010
By Denis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King really hit home with this brand new album, and they manage to do it in the manner that stands apart from their previous efforts. Blood Brothers, their preceding album, was excellent in its own right, but it stuck close to their honed formula of Texas bar blues. On this CD, they took it up a notch. Or two.

Joe and Bnois came up with some nice new grooves, which are catchy and fun, and all the songs feature extremely solid rhythm section that lets the guys break loose and do their thing. Compositionally, there is definitely less chord recycling than I've heard on their other albums, and while few do it better than Smokin' Joe, it's still good for them to chart a new path, get some new flavor flowing - and they do it here.

Joe himself told me that they way it worked was they sat down in his living room with Bnois and just kept working on these together until they liked what they got, and it took them about a year to put the album together. Listening to this CD, it definitely shows that they took their time to get things right, not cut any corners. You have to pay close attention to the lyrics because they did an outstanding job, and every song tells its own story in a unique and clever way. Song themes are thoroughly modern, from love over cyberspace to love affairs gone one-sided to unanswered love to blowing your payday money on yourself to domestic vendetta to fake women.

This time around, Joe and Bnois also focused more on emotionally charged songs, and they deliver them in a way that will tug on your heartstrings and make you feel the hair on your head stand up. Remarkably, those same songs are also VERY catchy, and hopefully will make it to the radio!

I also feel that Joe and Bnois are sort of going back to their roots with this CD, as their playing feels refreshed and more inspired. "R U 4 Real?" is a slow blues scorcher, where Bnois sings funny lyrics and Joe cooks up scorching solos. I was lucky to see them play this song live... After the intro, Joe shouted "play it loud!", and they smoked it, brought the house down, had everybody screaming "play the blues!!!"

Smokin' Joe is one of the few remarkable rock/blues guitarists in the world, and it is sure to satisfy the craving for electric guitar solos in spades. And of course all this wouldn't be what it is without Bnois King, who brings his silky yet rich singing voice that can both make you laugh and make you feel the pain. He is an excellent guitarist himself, who is COMPLETELY different from Joe in sound, style, and chords. Their chemistry is only getting better and better, it seems!

If you like blues-rock or rock, you owe it to yourself to buy this CD. This is not blues for purists, but people who are into modern blues and Texas bar blues I think will love it.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Texas blues at its best 27 May 2010
By J. Cosby - Published on Amazon.com
I wasn't sure what to expect after their classic Blood Brothers album, but this is no letdown. Smokin' Joe and Bnois continue to produce the best Texas blues since the days of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Smokin' Joe may be the the best blues guitarist of our time, and the unique tandem with Bnois' jazzy voice are unparalleled.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Blues Rock 7 Sept. 2010
By frittercritter - Published on Amazon.com
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Great CD this belongs in your CD Blues/rock collection. A must have. powerful lyrics and great guitar sounds.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
if you just want to unravel get blues will travel 11 April 2011
By timothy kasperek - Published on Amazon.com
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after a hard day or even and easy one and you need to hear some great guitar playing this one will do quite nicely smokin' joe and bnois king always sound great together if your familar with the duo you know what i'm talkin' about and if you haven't heard them you should. rockin' bass and drums to boot. are u 4 real is smokin' hot they will have you wondering if they are 4 real, they are!! and if you can catch them live in your town do so, even if you can't dance you will. Hot texas blues!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best 22 Feb. 2014
By K. J. Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best I have ever bought it is amazing and of good quality I enjoy it over & over
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