Dallas based blues guitarist Smokin’ Joe Kubek has died just minutes before he was to take to the stage to perform in North Carolina.
Kubek was due to start his set at the Pleasure Island Seafood & Blues Festival when he suffered a massive heart attack.
Smokin’ Joe was well-known within the Texan blues circuit. He once played in Albert King’s band and was a good friend of both Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King. In fact Kubek kept the company of King’s. His first record ‘Driving Sideways’ was written by Freddie King and in 1980 he teamed up for a life-long partnership with vocalist Brois King.
Kubek released his first album ‘Steppin’ Out Texan Style’ in 1991. He released 18 albums from 1991 to 2015. His most recent ‘Fat Man’s Shine Parlor’ was released this year.
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