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Showing posts with label Shuttle Music. Show all posts
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Friday, February 14, 2020

Shuttle Music artist: Jay Gordon's Blues Venom - Slide Rules - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Slide Rules, from Jay Gordon's Blues Venom and it is really hot. Opening with Dripping Blues, a smoky, 12 bar number, Gordon is right there on the end of the limb with his flame thrower on full. This guy plays guitar like we all love to drive, foot on the gas...wide open. His vocals are really in the style of Steve Marriott (a great thing) and his slide touch is firm and full. Backed by Sharon Butcher on bass and Tom Parham on drums this is a solid opener. Another super slide number, Pain, is a solid showcase for Gordon and his slide guitar. Think Rod Price (Foghat) or Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown) for tone and sound. This guy definitely has it. Kicking it into gear, Lost In Time is a great rocker with more super slide work by Gordon. I don't want to make this seem like a one man band because the rhythm section is really solid but Gordon really does light it up. Very cool. Flipping over to an electric boogie, Lucky 13 is another super hot track. Gordon has a great voice for this kind of electric blues rock and with his power trio going and his slide firing, this band is on fire. Another great blues rocker is VooDoo Boogie with it's rocking boogie beat. Butcher's driving bass line really drives this tank and Gordon's searing slide work just mows them down. Robert Johnson's Travelin Riverside Blues gives a look at Gordon on acoustic guitar and his finger work is quite strong, intermixed with acoustic slide. This is great! A more traditional slow blues, Pure Grain Alcohol, shows Gordon on another detour from full on slide work and features Gordon playing traditional electric lead in response to his own vocals. Very cool. Wrapping the release is Shorty Medlock's Train Train and Gordon does a great job of keeping that southern power blues feel of Blackfoot's release. Gordon has put together a great set here and if you love that fat screaming slide guitar sound, (and who doesn't)… check this out! 

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Shuttle Music artist: Jay Gordon and Blues Venom - Woodchoppers Ball - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Woodchoppers Ball, from Jay Gordon and Blues Venom and it's smokin'! This is not traditional blues by any means but hot smoking blues rock with screaming guitar! Opening with The Stinger, Jay Gordon is right on it, ripping the guts out of everything in sight with his blistering guitar solos. This is the rockin'est edge of blues you're likely to hear. Hobo Hilton really cranks with a nice slow pace. Gordon turns on the flame thrower at a blink of an eye backed by Sharon Butcher on bass, Rich Wenzel on B3, and Ric Daly on drums. Gordon and Wenzel trade solos making this an extremely tight track. Excellent! Chainsaw Boogie really kind of tells it all in the title with a great British style rockin' boogie and Gordon flashing his guitar like a whirling chainsaw. Backed up by Butcher on vocals, Gordon lets the slide rip as well (Think Foghat). Very cool! Another track with some really cool slide work is Stranger Blues. Rich Gordon Lambert lays down a cool stagger step drum pattern giving this track a R&B style texture. If you like blues rock sliding guitar, you're bound to like this! Voodoo Woman finds Butcher on lead vocals and Gordon just leaves the guitar wide open. Fat slide guitar just screaming away mixed down to accommodate vocals but wide open all the way. Nice! Robert Johnson's Traveling Riverside Blues has a very traditional styling with nice vocals and extremely fluid dobro work fro Gordon. Very cool! Pain is a cool blues rocker with not only a a great blues groove but again, pure raw slide work that's fat as hell. You missing that raw fat slide blues rock...it's back! Message To Collins is a magical blues riff fest over a solid blues groove. Yes, that's right...a 4 plus minute guitar phantasm..... cool! Drippin' Blues has a real nice 12 bar feel and Gordon, singing lead just keeps the guitar amped all of the time. Very tastefully done, this is near where rock /blues came from with Savoy Brown, Led Zeppelin, Ten Years After and Humble Pie. Dig! Pure Grain Alcohol puts me in mind of earlier Johnny Winter blues styling with some real nice piano work from Wenzel and more clearly articulated guitar work by Gordon with an emphasis on vocals. His guitar solo is a more traditional breakout style and nicely placed. Blues Venom is a scorcher with Gordon on some of his best vocals. Wenzel lays down thick B3 juice lubricating the way as Gordon flames out some "axellent" riffs joined by Mario Ramirez on harp. A great blues rocker and smoking guitar man. Wrapping the release is a 9 plus minute slow blues number, Original Sin. There is no question that Gordon knows blues rock well and as a singer does a fine job. He has extremely fluid fretwork and knows how to put on the heat! This is really a solid rocker with strong blues roots. I have no hesitance whatsoever to recommend that if you want to hear blistering guitar work in a blues rock format that you get this one...now!

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