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Artist Connection Podcast

The Artist Connection Podcast has been offering long form audio interviews with artists from the past, present, and future since 2011. Hear what inspires them to get out of bed each morning and practice the craft that they love. My guests include people that I truly respect from many different backgrounds. Each episode provides a unique mix of music and conversation. Enjoy!

Oct 16, 2012

If you haven't heard of Smokin' Joe Kubek, you are in for a treat! He is a bluesman from Texas, and a fantastic conversationalist. We had a lot in common and swapped some great stories during this interview. We started by talking through his latest release "Close to the Bone". It is out now on the Delta Groove label. It is the unplugged release that he made with his long time musical partner Bnois King. This is an amazing album. I like how they have their guitars individually panned left and right. The liner notes explain who is doing what. I recommend playing it with a nice pair of headphones. The production here is top notch! They also have many guests on the album, a few of which appeared right here on the Artist Connection Podcast. We also talked about his life and musical influences...including a brief stint with the legendary Freddie King! Two songs from "Close to the Bone" are featured in this episode. Once you hear them you will want to buy the rest! You can learn more about Smokin' Joe at If you reach out to him, be sure to tell him that Matt sent you. Enjoy!