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Slide Rules

by Jay Gordon & Blues Venom

Creative, Aggressive, Blistering slide guitar-and then some! Really, it doesn't begin to describe what Jay Gordon brings to the Blues party. Amazing slide guitar, vocals, and overall energy and artistry is found on Slide Rules. It's absolutely captivating
Genre: Blues: Slide Guitar Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dripping Blues
4:41 $0.99
2. Pain
6:25 $0.99
3. Lost in Time
4:03 $0.99
4. Lucky 13
3:38 $0.99
5. Dockery's Plantation
7:27 $0.99
6. Stranger Blues
3:58 $0.99
7. Voodoo Boogie
3:37 $0.99
8. El Diablos Blues
3:43 $0.99
9. Travelin Riverside Blues
3:47 $0.99
10. Pure Grain Alcohol
5:00 $0.99
11. Six String Outlaw
4:44 $0.99
12. Sweetheart Blues
4:26 $0.99
13. Train Train
3:50 $0.99
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Here are some great reviews on the new cd 2019 - Shuttle Music
By Phillip Smith; Dec. 14, 2019
I was first introduced to Jay Gordon’s Blue Venom when I reviewed the No Cure album for Blues Review Magazine in 2011. It appeared on their online web-zine BluesWax. That was one of my favorite discs that year. Slide Rules!, Gordon’s latest release is even more spectacular, as his heels dig deep into the Mississippi delta mud for thirteen ferociously outstanding electric slide blues. Gordon, one of the best guitarists/vocalists around fronts the band with bassist Sharon Butcher and drummer Tom Parham making up the rhythm section.
Gordon opens up with one of his originals “Dripping Blues” which definitely lives up to its name. The slide-work on this is covered in grease and cooked to perfection. He follows with another astonishing track “Pain”. It is packed with more tantalizing guitar, and topped with his trademark fearless, gravelly vocals. I positively dig it. “Dockery’s Plantation” is an absolutely fabulous seven-and-a-half minute experience. It’s ambrosia for the blues lover’s soul.
The cover songs they choose for this record are brilliant. First we get Elmore James’ “Stranger Blues” with its unavoidable driving rhythm. They do this one just right. Hearing Robert Johnson’s “Travelin Riverside Blues” puts a big smile on my face. But their version of “Train Train”, that badass song released by Blackfoot in 1979, is a killer indeed.
So, like the first album from Jay Gordon I reviewed, Slide Rules! is definitely among my favorites from the year. I highly recommend it.

The Rocking Magpie
One man (and a few friend's) thoughts on Roots music from across the great divide.
As I’ve said many times before, had I been idling through the racks of a Record Shop and stumbled across this disc; the band’s name and cover art would have caught my interest and made me ask the assistant if I could hear a couple of tracks.
Opening track Dripping Blues wouldn’t have been into it’s fourth bar before I would be forcing hard cash into their hand!
Yowza, Yowza, Yowza …… Jay Gordon can not just make his guitar gently weep, but scream like the Devil is in every single note.
The Blues, be it the distinctive Chicago style like this or of the Blues Rock variety can sound like it is a fairly simple formula, but it takes someone like Jay Gordon to make make such complex and emotional music sound that way …….. as Six String Outlaw and Lucky 13 prove beyond any doubt.
It’ll come as no surprise to existing fans or newcomers like me, that there are a couple of Classic songs tucked away here; but in the finest tradition Jay Gordon and the aptly named Blues Venom turn Elmore James’s Stranger Blues inside out, and somehow make it into a 21st Century Schizoid stomper, then Robert Johnson’s Travelin’ Riverside Blues is played on a National Steel at a frantic pace that I could hardly keep up with …… and both will have you sweating and and your heart racing; as you listen in the comfort of your own home; so God help us when these are played live!
Unlike many of his peers Jay Gordon ain’t no ‘one trick pony’ and would be nothing without the rhythmic drumming of Dwane Hathorn and the funky-ass bass of Sharon Butcher …… but he’s a Rocker at heart; but when you hear his Fire and Brimstone fuelled opening speech that introduces the scorching Pure Grain Alcohol, then when he delivers the words alongside some sublime guitar ….. you will sit back and wonder why these guys aren’t filling stadiums around the world.
The album title Slide Rules!, pretty much does tell you what to expect, but what it doesn’t hint at is what a dexterous guitar player AND songwriter Jay Gordon is; which is why selecting a Favourite Song has been so difficult.
The epic Dockery’s Plantation comes in at 7 and 1/2 minutes long, with some blistering solos in it, but never a note or second is wasted; and VooDoo Boogie is actually as scary as the title suggests with Gordon fearlessly entering Rory Gallagher territory and coming out unscathed.
But the Official RMHQ Favourite song is the next song on the album; El Diablo Blues which is a helluva song; sung in the style of AC/DC’s Bon Scott and featuring some of the meanest and scariest guitar playing I’ve heard in many a year …… and I’ve heard a lot!
What a bloody great find Jay Gordon’s Blues Venom has been this week; and I can’t wait for a stormy Winter’s night when I can blast some of these rockers out of the cars speakers.
Released 15th November 2019
One thought on “Jay Gordon’s Blues Venom SLIDE RULES!”
Jack Kidd
November 28, 2019 at 8:14 pm
Hi Alan, yes please for a copy of this one.
cheers, Jack…
Hans Werksman is with Jay Gordon.
Jay Gordon and Blues Venom: Slide Rules!

Here is one of the reviews on my new cd Slide Rules
Music Reviews by the Rock Doctor: Dec 2019 by John A. Kereiff
SLIDE RULES! Jay Gordon’s Blues Venom (Shuttle Music/ City Hall Records) *****++
When I talk about blues being dirty, nasty and down in the gutter, this record is the kind of blues I have in mind. Slide Rules combines the power and aggression of Gary Moore and Johnny Winter for a hellacious, blown out blues experience.
Slide Rules grabs you by the balls and throws you against the wall from the very first notes as it rocks, rolls, slips and slides all over hell’s half acre. This is a dangerous trio capable of leveling entire city blocks; Jay Gordon on guitar and vocals, Sharon Butcher on bass and vocals, and Tom Parham on drums. Sharon and Tom lay down a solid foundation over which Jay just cuts loose and lets ‘er rip. I like what Jim Fowler of The LA Times says about his manic guitar playing; “His fingers blaze across the strings, spewing out notes in rapid succession like an AK-47. His playing is as much a feat of athleticism as his musicality.” I used to think that Stevie Ray leaned into it the hardest when he played, until I heard Jay Gordon.
If I’m reading their website correctly, Slide Rules is the 16th album for Jay Gordon’s Blues Venom. It’s a rock & roll record as much as it is a blues record, and it will sit in my music collection like a biker looking to cause trouble at any given moment. The songs are quite simple but the attitude with which they’re played gives them considerable heft. The slower numbers have a kind of sexy, grinding vibe and when they pick up steam to rock out, there’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. This disc will scare the shit out of you, but in such a way that will have you begging for more.
Slide Rules is the meanest, nastiest slab of slide blues to come out in maybe ever, and I can’t get enough. This is wicked good fun!
KEY CUTS: Dripping Blues, Dockery’s Plantation, Pure Grain Alcohol
added 12 24 19 end of year picks
John A. Kereiff
Give a listen to my picks for the best of the year! No listing them here- that would be cheating- but I WILL say you'll find best live album, soundtrack, EP, Tribute a;bum and instrumental album, as well as a list of 22 albums that rocked my world between January 1st and today!
In 2019, perhaps more than any other year, I heard a lot of great music and I mean TONS. When I compiled this year’s “Best Of” list the goal was to come up with a Top Twenty, but that proved impossible. I went through all of my 2019 reviews, ending up with an initial list of 78 albums… then the blood began to spill. After more cutting, slashing and bargaining with unnamed deities, the list you are about read was born. My apologies to those left on the cutting room floor; what follows are my best live, soundtrack, tribute, EP and instrumental albums, plus the best 22 records that landed on my desk in the last 12 months. So grab a bag of chips, a six pack, and let’s get to it…
Music Reviews by the Rock Doctor:
BEST OF 2019
By John Kereiff.
John A. Kereiff's Podcast
Count Down to Number 1
(10) SLIDE RULES! Jay Gordon’s Blues Venom (Shuttle Music/ City Hall Records)
reviewed in December
When I talk about blues being dirty, nasty and down in the gutter, this is the kind of blues I have in mind. It combines the power and aggression of Gary Moore and Johnny Winter for a hellacious, blown out blues experience. Wicked good fun!
KEY CUT: Dockery’s Plantation

Jay Gordon and The Blues Venom - "Slide Rules"
By Mladen Loncar - Mike Created: 22 December 2019
Jay Gordon and The Blues Venom
slide rules
Jay Gordon and The Blues Venom, with their Slide Rules album, released on November 15th via Shuttle Music and with radio coverage by Frank Roszak Radio Promotions, dropped me to my knees in almost an hour.
Thirteen very affecting, almost aggressive songs that were included on this album moved me and left me speechless. This incredible slide guitar, excellent accompanying rhythm section and powerful vocals make you shake your head in disbelief with every tone you produce. This is not the first time, of course, I've come across a slide, but what Jay Gordon is doing goes beyond all familiar frames.
"Slide Rules" with their music content are left out of all the usual frames and significantly and completely directly leave everyone in complete surprise and disbelief.
I have to admit that after the ninth hearing, I was shamefully left to stare at the floor and silently pressed the "repeat" button for the tenth time. Hendrix, Winter, Rory Gallagher, Hole, Lil 'Ed ... all combined in Jay Gordon's slide, but it wouldn't be anything if it didn't have the killer rhythm of the section, drummer Dwane Hathorn and the sympathetic bass of Sharon Butcher. Their combination of rock and blues is really scary, as if you didn't even believe you heard it. But what comes out of your speakers or headphones is music produced by three people, it is absolutely absolutely amazing!
Elmore James' "Stranger Blues" by Jay Gordon and The Venomdoist Blues seems like 21st Century out-of-town blues. Robert Johnson's "Travelin 'Riverside Blues" is a true ode to "old school blues" but with profound and significant reflections on this 21st century. Listen to "Dockery's Plantation", everything you've been told and played!
What Jay Gordon And The Blues Venom Delivers to Your Slide Rules is worthy of all attention and there's no doubt about it: get your copy of this remarkable album as soon as possible!
And others hear it like this: "Creative, Aggressive, Blistering slide guitar and then some! Really, it doesn't begin to describe what Jay Gordon brings to the Blues party. Amazing slide guitar, vocals, and overall energy and artistry is found on Slide Rules. It's absolutely captivating. Slide Guitar Mastery a work of art. - Cleve Baker, Confessing The Blues Radio "
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1. Dripping Blues 4:40
2. Pain 6:25
3. Lost In Time 4:03
4. Lucky 13 3:39
5. Dockery's Plantation 7:26
6. Stranger Blues 3:58
7. VooDoo Boogie 3:37
8 El Diablos Blues 3:43
9. Travelin 'Riverside Blues 3:46
10. Pure Grain Alcohol 5:00
11. Sixstring Outlaw 4:43
12. Sweetheart Blues 4:24
13. Train Train 3:49
( Shuttle Music )
Yours bluesy,
Mladen Loncar - Mike

"Creative, Aggressive, Blistering slide guitar-and then some! Really, it doesn't begin to describe what Jay Gordon brings
to the Blues party. Amazing slide guitar, vocals, and overall energy and artistry is found on Slide Rules. It's absolutely captivating. Slide Guitar Mastery a work of art." Cleve Baker Confessing The Blues Radio"



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