Jay Gordon's Blues Venom - Woodchoppers Ball (2015)
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Chicago born and California sun drenched Jay Gordon has delivered a sparkling Blues Rocker's solid granite gem. The new album "Woodchoppers Ball" from this seven time award winner, Grammy® Nominee and Gretsch Guitar endorsed artist is a sharp, raw edged Blues diamond that combines intriguing lyrics, outstanding musicianship and is a true memorable listening experience. Seven profound fresh tracks feature artists Sharon Butcher (Bass), Ric Daly, (Drums), Richie Valens younger brother Mario Ramirez (Saxophone), Rich Wenzel, (Hammond B3) and Rich Gordon (Drums) in different combinations. There are five re-mastered Blues jewels hand picked from Jay Gordon's previous releases that add a certain and honest depth to this new release. Stacked together, these twelve Blues cuts are a clear example of Jay Gordon's and Blues Venom's no nonsense approach to making exceptional Blues Rock...
The opening offering "The Stinger" is an off the bat, eye-opening rocker. Gordon's electric guitar work and lyrics drives home to the listener that he is a Blues guitar slinging Bluesman and that is what he was always meant to be. Jay Gordon has the Blues coursing through his veins and is a real "Stinger" with relentless fret work talent.
The track "Hobo Hilton" is a mental movie that exposes the story of a Bluesman's lament of being so close to the doorway of fame and fortune but yet it's all so far away. It's classic, dramatic and ascending blues that has the repetitive mantra of a Bluesman just short of popular acclaim and destined riches.
Only from the mind of a certifiable Mad Scientist would come the rocking anthem "Chainsaw Boogie" and honest to goodness, undeniable and verifiable "Chainsaw" Guitar. The unrestrained song is a screaming Rock Party jump starter and the "Chainsaw" Guitar is a smoke belting, unmistakable, indisputable working chainsaw made into a guitar. Together they are a glimpse into the mind of a Bluesman gone wild. It's eccentric entertainment meets untamed party animal. Every Bluesman of note has written a Blues spiritual about living the life and surviving. The cut "Blues Venom" is a melodic tale of such an existence. Being born, dipped and addicted to the music and being existent in the blues is a blessing that is beyond compare in this magic mojo tune. It's a thrilling Blues mixture with a taste of the Delta and the electric buzz of Maxwell Street in Chicago.
The dynamic album "Woodchoppers Ball" is unquestionably Jay Gordon's Blues Venom's finest work to date. These 12 Blues cuts are unsurpassed, raw Blues passion. This record is a shining example of Jay Gordon's bottomless reserve of musicality and a testament to the decades of work as a forthright Blues guitarist. From his days working along side Blues giants Albert Collins and Phillip Walker till today, Jay Gordon and his outfit Blues Venom are indeed again delivering genuine, credible, freehearted Blues Music and are recognized as candid, veracious entertainers and blistering hot, fuel-injected representatives of the Blues World.
Jay Gordon grew up in Chicago, the center of the blues world. Throughout his career, Jay Gordon has become famous for his slashing guitar solos, his passionate vocals, and his dedication to the blues. While his inspirations have included Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clapton and BB King, he does not sound like any of his predecessors and has long had his own distinctive voice. Never interested in merely recreating the past, Jay has moved the blues forward to the 21st century, infusing the music with the fire and power of rock while carving out his own place in the music world.
Gordon has recorded 15 CDs, headlined his own European tours and gained a worldwide reputation. He was one of 50 guitarists picked by Eric Clapton (who was very impressed after hearing one of Jay's CDs) to perform at the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival. Jay has played and opened up for many famous artist, such as, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul Rogers, and Bad Co., 38 Special, BB King, Def Leopard, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Montgomery Gentry and many more. Jay also played to 250,000 screaming fans at Sturgis, S.D. several times.
HIS SONGS ARE ON TOUCH TUNES JUKE BOXES, ACROSS THE USA.
Jay Gordon has been featured on nationally syndicated radio program, Blues Deluxe. "Jay Gordon and his band are one of our favorite ways to rock the blues!" said Dave Johnson, host of BLUES DELUXE - which is heard weekly on over 100 stations across the U.S. with a two million-plus listenership. Jay's music is also featured on Electric Blues Radio, and many other stations worldwide.
Jay Gordon the legendary blues rock guitarist was one of the Judges at the 2010 and again 2011 Guitar Center's "King of the Blues contest" Jay also recorded with the Texas Guitar legend Phillip Walker, Jay Gordon received the REAL BLUES ANNUAL AWARD, Canada for Best Blues/Rock Guitarist 2001, 2003 and 2006.
2007 Annual South Bay Music Awards Jay won best Blues Band.
2009 Annual South Bay Music Awards Jay won Guitarist of the year. His signature song "Fire & Brimstone Boogie" was one of the hits of the evening.
2012 GRAMMY® Nominee
2012 The 22nd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards
Jay Gordon was presented his Nomination for "Americana, Blues, Roots Artist of the Year" from Al Bowman Saturday Night March 10, 2012 at the Hollywood, CA. House of Blues. Jay and his band Blues Venom have also been Nominated for "Rock Album of the Year and Show Case Artist."
2012 Jay won the LAMA Award for Show Case Artist of the Year.
2012 Jay also received the LAMA Producers Choice Award for Guitarist of the year.
2012 His bassist Sharon Butcher received the LAMA Producers Choice Award for Bassist of the year.
She also won the 2009 Annual South Bay Music Awards for Bassist of the year.
Jay had two featured songs (Black Top Alley and Stringstalkin) in a major motion picture "My Brother's War" produced by James Brolin.
Jay co-wrote with Keven Kern and played on the first three episodes of "Nightmare on Elm Street" the TV series.
Jay's songs are used by A&E reality show, "Parking Wars 2008 and 2009 seasons. "Fire & Brimstone Boogie" on episode 21, "Driving Me Wild" on episode 26 & 29, "My Heart Is Heavy" on episode 34 and "Lost In Time" on episode 35.
Al Bowman - Founder of the Los Angeles Music Awards. "You are truly the single best guitarist in LA, maybe the US. Few play like you Jay".
Jay Gordon is now endorsed by GRETSCH GUITARS.
01. The Stinger [03:22]
02. Hobo Hilton [05:23]
03. Chainsaw Boogie [04:45]
04. Stranger Blues [03:58]
05. Voodoo Woman [03:36]
06. Travelin Riverside Blues [03:48]
07. Pain [06:25]
08. Message to Collins [04:30]
09. Drippin Blues [04:42]
10. Pure Grain Alcohol [05:01]
11. Blues Venom [09:09]
12. Original Sin [09:30]