Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Jay Gordon & the "New" Penetrators to perform for Indie 104's New Year's Bash in Covina

Jay Gordon & The "New" Penetrators (left to right): Jay Gordon, lead
Guitar and lead vocals; Sharon Butcher, bass and vocals; Mike Elliot, drums.

*Performing Locally: Indie 104’s New Year’s Bash – Wednesday, December 31*

Nominated For "Blues Group/Artist of the Year," "Guitarist of the Year," "Best Live Performance" for 5th Annual Los Angeles South Bay Mussic Awards, Feb. 21

Fiery Southern California-based blues-rock guitarist-vocalist, Jay Gordon, is back. After a brief hiatus, Gordon has emerged with a smokin’ hot new band.

Gordon and band perform locally at Indie 104’s New Year’s Bash, at Tutto’s, 1459 N. Citrus Ave., Covina, Wednesday, December 31.
Doors: 7 p.m.
Tickets $10. In advance, (buy online at www.grooovetickets.com )
$15. door (includes all-you-can-eat salad bar and pizza).
Info: (877) 714-7668.
Also performing: The McGrath Project.

The Chicago-Blues style axe slinger took home the "Best Blues Group/Artist" plaque at the 2007 South Bay (Calif) Music Awards and performed live at the event, which took place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The longtime purveyor of blues-rock n’ boogie recently headlined Los Banos Rally 2008 and will have a new CD being released by legendary independent label, Kent Records, in the Fall of this year. Gordon’s signature song "Fire & Brimstone Boogie" as well as "Driving Me Wild" are both being used in the Fall season by A&E reality show, "Parking Wars." "No list of great modern blues/rock guitarists can be complete without including the name of the California-based monster guitarist Jay Gordon," writes BLUESROCKERS Editor, Tom Branson.

Gordon – whose 2007 CD, GOLD RINGS, SILVER BULLETS was released to critical acclaim -- was also selected a "Top 100 Unsigned Artist" for 2007 and 2008 by respected national publication, MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE, and was voted "Best Blues/Rock Guitarist" of 2006 by Canada’s REAL BLUES magazine.

"GOLD RINGS, SILVER BULLETS may be his best effort yet, no small task considering the quality of his past work. Gordon is a FEROCIOUS guitarist." GUITAR 9 opines, "Aggressive slide guitar - and then some! Really, it doesn't begin to describe what Jay Gordon brings to the blues party…for proof, check out the amazing slide guitar, vocals, and overall energy found on GOLD RINGS, SILVER BULLETS…"
"Jay Gordon and the Penetrators are one of our favorite ways to rock the Blues!," raves host Dave Johnson of the BLUES DELUXE radio program, heard weekly on over 100 stations across the U.S. with a two million-plus listener ship.

Gordon is renowned throughout both Europe and the U.S. for his over-the-top, sizzling live performances, recorded a series of albums for Blue Ace that have 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 blues guitar legend, Phillip Walker, on the JAYWALKIN album for Blue Ace, yet another accomplishment for the celebrated guitarist.

"(Gordon is) an amazing musician," writes Neil Flowers matter-of-factly in VALLEY SCENE MAGAZINE. "Jay must be L.A.’s best-kept musical secret."
Here’s what ROCKONTOUR.COM wrote about Gordon’s performance at the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas, where he played alongside some of the biggest names in the business including 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 ZYDECO 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 SIX-STRING 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."

GOLD RINGS, SILVER BULLETS is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/jaygordon6


Dec. 2 (Tues.) KUCR 88.3 FM – PERFORMANCE Riverside, CA
Dec. 6 (Sat.) MISSION TOBACCO LOUNGE Riverside, CA
Dec. 31 (Wed.) INDIE 104 NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH Covina, CA
Feb. 21 (Sat.) L.A. SOUTH BAY MUSIC AWARDS Los Angeles, CA

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