Following on the heels of the Texas duo’s daring unplugged 2012 Delta Groove release Close to the Bone, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King return to form with a stripped-down set of electrified blues. Road Dog’s Life features predominately original material emphasizing King’s wry, insightful lyrics and Kubek’s searing signature guitar with the exception of only two covers – the Rolling Stones’ Play with Fire and the Beatles’ Don’t Bother Me. Special guests include Kim Wilson, Kid Andersen, Randy Chortkoff and Patrick Recob, along with the Mannish Boys’ rhythm section consisting of Willie J. Campbell on bass and Jimi Bott on drums.
Singer. Poet. Percussionist. Neville Brother, Meters legend, solo star and talisman of the South’s all-conquering new supergroup, Royal Southern Brotherhood. Just as Cyril Neville’s career path keeps you guessing, so ‘Magic Honey’ defies expectations and breaks out of any pigeonhole you try to place around it.And he had the best rhythm section he could wish for: ‘Mean’ Willie Green (drums), Cranston Clements (guitar), Carl Dufrene (bass) and Norman Caesar (keys).” Along with a dash of Neville family DNA – courtesy of Gaynielle Neville and Omari Neville on soaring backup vocals – there’s also a sprinkle of celebrity stardust, with New Orleans veteran Allen Toussaint handling the keys on the cuckolded shuffle of Another Man, Dr. John on organ for Swamp Funk, ex-Bluesbreakers axeman Walter Trout boiling up Running Water and Cyril’s Royal Southern Brotherhood bandmate Mike Zito lending muscular riffing to Money and Oil and Working Man.