Smokin' Joe Kubek passed away. R.I.P. Joe. .
Ronnie Earl is a two-time W. C. Handy Blues Music Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year. For five years he was an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music and in 1995 he released Ronnie Earl: Blues Guitar with Soul, an instructional VHS tape that was then rereleased in DVD format in 2005. Earl was also the blues instructor at the 'National Guitar Summer Workshop'. His albums primarily consist of strong instrumental compositions and traditional covers.
Smokin' Joe Kubek (born November 30, 1956, Grove City, Pennsylvania) is an American blues guitarist.
Although he was born in Pennsylvania, Kubek grew up in Texas and is associated with the Texas blues style. He played with Freddie King while still a teenager, and put together his own band to tour in the Dallas area. He met Bnois King in the 1980s, and together they put together the first incarnation of Kubek's band. Kubek signed to Bullseye Blues in 1991 and released his debut record; he has steadily released albums since then.