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Jay Gordon's Blues Venom: Slide Rules!

Read "Slide Rules!" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The first slide guitar recording (and first instrumental blues recording) was made by Sylvester Weaver for Okeh Records (No. 8109) in 1923, the A-side being “Guitar Blues" and the B- side “Guitar Rag." Since that time many practitioners have distinguished themselves as exceptional. Early players included Ur-bluesmen Charlie Patton, Son House and Robert Johnson. Middle players included Robert Nighthawk, Earl Hooker, Elmore James and Muddy Waters. The later and most contemporary exceptional slide guitarists include Duane Allman, Johnny Winter, Derek ...

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Jay Gordon and the Penetrators: Gold Rings, Silver Bullets

Read "Gold Rings, Silver Bullets" reviewed by Jim Santella

Blues/rock guitarist Jay Gordon presents sixteen of his own compositions on Gold Rings, Silver Bullets, shouting 'em out with as much power and emphasis as that which emanates from his amplifier. He's a hearty rocker who likes to drive his message home without doubt.

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Gordon grew up in Chicago, hence, his loyalty to the blues. Meanwhile, he's savvy enough to know that power rock makes a statement no matter where you live. After ...


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