Roadhouse Research is Kubek and King's debut with Blind Pig, having cut their previous eight albums with Rounder's Bullseye imprint.
Roadhouse Research is Kubek and King's debut with Blind Pig, having cut their previous eight albums with Rounder's Bullseye imprint. Kubek is an old-school Texas blues guitarist, strongly influenced by Freddie King (with whom Kubek played when he was a teenager) and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Kubek demonstrates, yet again, in these tracks that he remains one of the most distinctive electric guitarists currently plugged-in. His fiery, agile lead guitar is complemented by King's adroit rhythm guitar and vocals. Roadhouse Research is typical Kubek/King: Hard-hitting original tunes in a quartet configuration. The music is elemental blues-rock, aimed at gut level. Top tunes include the low-down grind of "Healthy Mama" and the slow burn of "Standing in My Door," which opens with a classic, beautifully phrased Kubek guitar solo.—PVV