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7.4.09

Jay Gordon




Jay Gordon - 6 Strings Outlaw - 2004 - Dixiefrog

rockontour.com wrote about Gordon’s performance at the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas, where he played alongside Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana: "On Day #2 of the Crossroads Guitar Festival, Jay Gordon ignited the day with an opening performance at 10 a.m. Those who were ready to rock were treated to an awesome show! As soon as Jay and his band mates began with "Big Boss Man," the stage was set for rockin.’ Their interpretations of these blues standard coaxed more festival goers to the Ernie Ball Stage. Attired in black leather and suede, Jay and his Fender Strat created metallic blues. Their third song, "Blacktop Alley," is an original work off Gordon's "Electric Xydeco" album with awesome guitar highlights. His first album, "Blues Infested", produced the fourth and sixth songs for the concert. By the time Gordon belted out "Can't Shake This Feeling," the audience wasn't leaving. Another original from Gordon's "6 Strings Outlaw" album, "Fire and Brimstone Boogie" lived up to its title's reputation. It was unique and exhilarating at the same time! All the while, (bassist) riffs and double bass drum thunder support. This is definitely a power trio!!! The audience felt as if they were at an outdoor evening fiery blues concert and here it was not even noontime yet. Gordon literally slid into his fourth original of the performance with "Voodoo Boogie," using slide guitar with glistening leads. The band next covered "Stranger Blues," which they rejuvenated. Their last song was the best rendition of "Mustang Sally" I've heard in a long time! Jay's vocals are vibrant and intense."

“(Gordon is) an amazing musician. Jay must be L.A.’s best-kept musical secret." writes Neil Flowers from Valley Scene Magazine, who saw the fiery guitarist perform live recently. “Buddy Guy. Clapton. BB King. Hendrix. Townsend. Stevie Ray Vaughn. Guitar gods every one. Now maybe you won't believe what you are about to read because this report comes from a tiny bar in Burbank and concerns a musician you almost certainly have never heard of, “ continues Flowers. “But here's the truth flat out straight as I can put it: Add Mr. Gordon's name to the six that begin the previous paragraph. And I declare by Willie McTell, Elmore James, and everything holy that this ain't hype.”

According to amazon.com, "Jay Gordon, the no-mercy guitar player, is back with his howlin' and moanin' blues! ", and that just about sums up this relentless, steam driven, Stevie Ray Vaughan inspired blues rock album. Check out the seventeen minute version of "The Sky Is Crying". Dynamic stuff! Buy Jay's great "Broadcasting The Blues" album, and promote this guy. The Jay Gordon & the Penetrators "Gold Rings, Silver Bullets" is another great hard rockin' blues album

TRACKS

Fire & Brimstone Boogie
Let It Ring
The Original Sin
Freight Train
Lost in Time
Pain Jay Gordon
Juke Joint
Propaganda
Stretchneck Lill
47 Beers
The Sky Is Crying

All songs composed by Jay Gordon, except "The Sky Is Crying" by Elmore James, Clarence Lewis, M. Levy

MUSICIANS

Jay Gordon (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, harmonica)
Russ Greene (bass instrument)
John Schayer (bass guitar)
DJ Johnny Walker, Lee Davis, Butch Black (drums)

SHORT BIO

Electric blues guitarist Jay Gordon recorded a series of albums for Blue Ace that inspired comparisons to such legendary guitarists as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Beginning with Blues Infested (1994), Gordon won much praise from the blues community. Each successive album became increasingly successful -- Broadcasting the Blues Live (1996), Electric Redemption (1998), and so on -- and the guitarist soon found himself being compared to some of the most legendary guitarists to ever play electric blues. In 2000, Gordon collaborated with Phillip Walker on the Jaywalkin album for Blue Ace, yet another accomplishment for the celebrated guitarist. Furthermore, in addition to his guitar playing, Gordon also produces and sings on many of his own recordings. © Jason Birchmeier, All Music Guide

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Anonymous said...

Great hard rocking opening, will listen to this on a regular basis


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Rhod

A.O.O.F.C said...

Howzitgoin', Rhod? Thanks for comment. It's a great album from a little known guitarist, and is way above the average release. I've listened to it a few times, and there is some very skilled playing on it. TTU soon