Monday, October 19, 2015


This week's Vault entry is the latest by Smokin' Joe Kubek, who passed away last weekend at the all-too-young (from where I am sitting) age of 58.

For a quarter century, Kubek defined the Dallas blues scene, releasing fifteen albums over the years. 

Kubek died shortly before he was to appear onstage at the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival in North Carolina, according to his label. He was scheduled to play there Saturday afternoon with his longtime collaborator Bnois King.

Earlier this year, Kubek and King teamed up (for what would be the last time) for Fat Man’s Shine Parlor, delivering the goods once again.

Rest in peace, Joe!

Here's a taste of the record, which is sitting in the Vault.


  1. From where I'm sitting that's way too young also. My parents are older than that, and I'd like to think they still have plenty of life left in them.

    Great album. Really enjoyed listening to it while hopping around the blogosphere. Favorite track: River of Whiskey. May Smokin' Joe be sailing through a River of Whiskey in eternal paradise.

  2. Never heard of this artist, but still sad to hear. The clip you offered really cooks.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  3. Healthy amount of albums. His last concert would've been in my neck of the woods.

    1. I was lucky enough to see him once, years ago. Way too young to have departed this planet....but I guess we are all just passing through