Smokin’ Joe Kubek, 1956-2015

Texas guitarist Smokin’ Joe Kubek passed through the veil on October 11, 2015. He was 58.

Smokin’ Joe Kubek sprang from the same Texas soil that produced Freddie King and ZZ Top, and his blistering guitar makes that clear. Back in 2000, Smokin’ Joe sat down with Elwood and talked about how he learned the Blues chords that make his brand of Blues some of the most exciting today.

I bought a 50-cent chord book…showed you about 4 or 5 chords, and that’s how it all started. And I learned them all wrong, it was real frustrating. And then finally one day I was sitting out on the fence playing this acoustic guitar and all of a sudden it just started coming to me. And I said, “Alright!” And that’s all she wrote. So I just stayed on it ever since then. I just taught myself how to play. – Smokin’ Joe Kubek