May 3 16 Blues in Britain            Jay Gordon and Blues Venom – Woodchoppers Ball
Shuttle Music SHU14115
 If you haven’t heard or heard of Jay Gordon – and love blues rock of the highest order – then you have either been wearing ear plugs – as the intensity and sheer power of his music means that you may be able to hear it on the west coast of the UK – or you have been cheated of hearing an artist who ought to and deserves to be an icon of the blues rock genre.  What you get with Jay Gordon is the powerhouse playing of artists like Walter Trout, combined with the blues pedigree of Gordon’s mentor, the late great Phillip Walker.
 Gordon can assault your senses with wild and appropriately named songs like ‘The Stinger’, ‘Chainsaw Boogie’ and ‘Blues Venom’ where his wild and frantic fretwork and vocals will threaten to shred your speakers – whilst at the same time he delivers pure Delta slide and Vocals on Johnson’s ‘Travelin Riverside Blues’ – transports you to a Mississippi jook joint on the planet Mars with ‘Drippin Blues’ – or reincarnates the great JB Hutto on a manic ‘Pure Grain Alcohol’ that is tempered by deep rolling piano. Add in the grinding ‘Pain’ where Gordon’s stratospheric slide conjures up a vision of Hound Dog Taylor on speed – and a wild rendition of Koko Taylor’s ‘Voodoo Woman that features female powerhouse Sharon Butcher on vocals – and you have asset that is guaranteed to delight all lovers of the genre               Mick Rainsford

Here is another great review on     JAY GORDON AND BLUES VENOM     WOODCHOPPERS BALL SHUTTLE MUSIC, 2015
Transulation in English FAB Radio - Italy
When a Gretsch guitar plays terrific blues with a powerful hard rock feel! Jay Gordon an acrobatic guitarist from California who excels in the revival of a powerful sound and arsonist who I'm sure would have an extraordinary success even in our country. If you miss Johnny Winter, Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher and you like the torrid slow blues where the guitar (also superbly slide) is the master that is a record to buy with your eyes closed. Look for it! FAB Radio - Italy
Fabrizio Poggi - FAB

According to the accompanying letter Jay Gordon delivered a sparkling solid granite gem: in short, a diamond in the rough! There play fantastic musicians who are true entertainers and gift delivery blues. This is entirely correct, because it is a great CD with raw vocals and phenomenal guitar violence. There's plenty of poison in it!
Jay Gordon has been an opening act for Johnny Winter and Albert Collins and he has performed at Clapton's Crossroads Festival. The style is reminiscent of Walter Trout in his best days. There are twelve songs on the CD: nine own work and borrowed three.
The Stinger has a ripping guitar intro, followed by raw vocals and fine guitar and organ solos. Hobo Hilton is Hilton LA with a nice organ solo and guitar. Chainsaw Boogie is a smooth song with chainsaw guitar. Stranger blues of Elmore James and a little tousled with a strange rhythm: it can not tempt me so. Voodoo Woman of Koko Taylor, is sung by Sharon Butcher and is a nice, smooth female blues. Travelin 'Riverside Robert Johnson is an acoustic song with virtuoso guitar playing.
Pain is a slow blues with beautiful guitar work reminiscent of both Johnny Winter and Roy Buchanan. Message to Collins is an imitation of an Albert Collins solo, but ten times better and instrumental. Drippin Blues is about a juke joint where the blues dripping from the wall. Pure Grain Alcohol start with a hillbilly explanation on how to stoke drinks and has a nice piano background. Blues Venom blows the brother of Richie Valens Mississippi saxophone, Rich Wenzel tames the Hammond B3 and Jay Gordon virtuoso solos. Finally Original Sin: The guitar goes in full!
The album delivers a fine hour blues rock on. So buy!          Vrienden van Blues Magazine

9 27 15 Ian Brel
Guitarist, singer and bandleader Jay has worked with Phillip Walker and opened for the likes of Albert Collins and Johnny Winter, as well as playing at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in 2004. It is those last two who seem to have left the greatest impression on Jay’s music, with the former being recalled in the way Jay injects great gobs of insanely rocking slide guitar work into this CD, whilst these slabs of improvisation are generally in the power trio format pioneered by the latter – there are keyboards on just five numbers, and Richie Valens’ younger brother Mario Ramirez plays harp on one track. There is maybe a little bit of Eric Sardinas’ influence too – try Jay’s cover of Robert Johnson’s ‘Travelin’ Riverside Blues’. Vocally he can vaguely recall Robert Plant, or sometimes Lil’ Ed or J.B. Hutto, which again may give you a flavour of this set (bassist Sharon Butcher turns in a creditable cover of Koko Taylor’s ‘Voodoo Woman’ too). Naturally enough, there is a Hendrix flavour on occasion too. Hopefully that gives you the general idea – if you like your blues loud, wild and rocking, or slow, impassioned and, er, loud, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Half of this set has been out on older CDs, but even if you already have those, you’re gonna need this set for the likes of the wonderful version of Elmore James’ ‘Stranger Blues’ or Jay’s own totally unfettered, manic ‘Chainsaw Boogie’, or 'Message to Collins', a beautiful instrumental dedicated to mister Albert Collins.

9 12 15 upcoming Blues Bytes Graham Clarke
I think that if there’s ever a decision to place a picture next to the definition of "Blues Rock" in the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary(it’s in there, I checked), the cover of Woodchopper’s Ball (Shuttle Music) should be a contender. The latest release from blues rocker extraordinaire Jay Gordon and Blues Venom is both a new album and a retrospective of some of the guitarist finest moments, offering the best of what’s already been right next to what’s here and now. Prepare to get your socks blown off.The explosive opening track, "The Stinger," just burns from start to finish. "Hobo Hilton" is more of a slow blues, but not your ordinary slow blues, with more incendiary guitar. "Chainsaw Boogie" may actually blow your speakers out with all of itsscreaming slide guitar that would make Elmore James proud (Gordon actually plays a guitar made from a chainsaw on this track!), and the next tune, "Stranger Blues," is actually a cover of an old James tune. Bassist Sharon Butcher takes the mic for "Voodoo Woman," which gives Gordon even more space to let it rip. The last of the new tunes is an acoustic reading of Robert Johnson’s "Traveling Riverside Blues," and the intensity level doesn’t let up one bit with this terrific unplugged version. The final half of the CD consists of tunes remastered and hand-picked by Gordon from his previous albums. They include the searing slow burner "Pain," the icy hot instrumental "Message To Collins," "Drippin’ Blues," and a pair of incredible nine-minute-plus tunes, "Blues Venom" (with harmonica from Mario Ramirez, Richie Valens’ kid brother) and "Original Sin," that close the disc. This disc is so hot that Jay Gordon has to have sparks flying from his fingers. Blues rockers take heed. Woodchopper’s Ball is one that you don’t want to miss.

Bman's Blues Report
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'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!
Aug 27th, 2015 By Rhetta In CD Review
INDIE Blues Artist
New release "Woodchoppers Ball" By Jay Gordon and Blues Venom
Jay Gordon takes a chainsaw to the blues on "Woodchopper’s Ball"
Indi Blues Artist This is how tough Jay Gordon and Blues Venom are: The song "Chainsaw Boogie" features a guitar made from a real working chainsaw. It’s a party song with a sound like nothing I’ve ever heard, pure mad genius!
The rest of the song is great, raw powerful blues as well. The opening number, "The Stinger," is you’re in for rocking blues with a man who has truly been doused in the blues. "Hobo Hilton" tells the tale of Gordon living in LA and paying some hard dues literally in site of fame and Fortune: "I can see Capitol Records about a block away." It has some extremely tasty guitar that punctuates and enhances the message. "Stranger Blues" continues you the aural assault with screaming guitars and raw vocals that signify and testify.
Gordon steps away from the vocals to allow bassist Sharon Butcher to show her vocal chops on Koko Taylor’s "VooDoo Woman" and she absolutely delivers the strong, tough, in your face lyrics. "Travelin’ Riverside Blues" has some phenomenal slide guitar , coupled with the lyrics, proves Gordon is a consummate blues man.

"Pain" returns to the wailing guitar wizardry and "Message to Collins" simply takes the guitar and drums off the leash and lets them run wild. "
"Drippin’ Blues" is the most traditional blues of any o these numbers and proves that Gordon and Blues Venom can do that as well.Every blues album, traditional or blues rock, needs a song about alcohol and "Pure Grain Alcohol" is a brilliant bit of storytelling in song.:Bues Venom" is a saga of being steeped in the blues, with that amazing guitar teemed with some truly scintillating harmonica from Richie Valen’s younger broher Mario Ramirez.
It all ends in a rave-up with the tune "Original Sin." At no moment on the album does tee momentum lag. It’s pure, head-on, in your-face, blues and rock ‘n roll."
In the liner notes, Gordon states,"The whole concept behind my music is to promote the blues, keep it alive, show it’s unique art form, take it to a higher level and still be able to play rock ‘n roll while showing the marriage between blues and rock in my own style."
Did he succeed in those goals? 100%!
Buy this album if you love blues and rock, and if you really want to hear what a chainsaw guitar sounds like, you are in for a special treat. .

Written by Fred Delforge Sunday August 30 2015 (It's in French on their web site)
He was born in Chicago but took the colors under the California sun and it is not without good reason that Jay Gordon has already collected many awards in his career, seeing even nominated for a Grammy in 2012, as guitarist endorsed by Gretsch put his name on a fifteen albums and opened for larger, Johnny Winter Albert Collins, but also participated in Clapton Crossroads Festival in 2004. Must of American blues-rock scene, Jay Gordon And Blues Venom therefore back this year with a new strain more turbulent than ever, one of those cakes fed to blues but generously bathed in rock as we like. Accompanied by Sharon Butcher on bass, Ric Daly and Rich Gordon Lambert on drums, Rich Wenzel B3 and Mario Ramirez harmonica, guitarist verbose doubled a singer with the wildly esquintée voice offers us a pretty good potion concocted since there are no less than a third of times diluted with some talent in two thirds compositions or a half of new securities and other pieces borrowed from previous efforts, all washed down with a big dose guitars and a significant trait of feeling and talent! Difficult to navigate on paper, and yet again in the deck, it sounds the fire god with atomic bombs like "Chainsaw Boogie" or "Message To Collins' but also with piochées adaptations in the Koko directory Taylor or Robert Johnson who confront us with history of "Voodoo Woman" and "Travelin Riverside Blues" absolutely not bitten worms. You put a "Drippin Blues", a "Pure Grain Alcohol" and "Hobo Hilton" above all that and you end up with a full album and especially the relief drenched guitars that never cease to make sparks a "Woodchoppers Ball" definitely carved out a purely rock vein both dirty and wild. To discover without delay! In French

September 2015 Review By: Ivan Van Bellghem (4½) (It's in Dutch on their web site)
Jay Gordon is from Chicago but since staying since his early childhood in Los Angeles. Together with his band Blues Venom, he goes to great times on his brand new album "Woodchoppers Ball '. It has become a nice raw picture. Already one track from 'The Stinger' is the price. Also very strong 'Hobo Hilton "in which he us from his little envy value position takes us for a sight seeing tour" through Los Angeles.
'Message To Collins' is an exciting instrumentaalje which was dedicated to Albert Collins.
Sharon brings new vocal new life in Koko Taylor's "Voodoo Woman". The saxklanken which you can hear in this song are produced by one Mario Ramirez and this is the younger brother of Ritchie Valens.
There were no sharp edges afgeveild and so is the razor-sharp guitar playing Jay Gordon up well. His version of "Travelin 'Riverside Blues" is simply sublime.
"Woodchoppers Ball 'in any case become a beautiful picture with twelve laps unadulterated blues.
Woodchoppers Ball’ by Jay Gordon and Blues Venom is among the best records I've received so far this year.                 Ivan Van Bellghem

Jay Gordon and Blues Venom review…Posted August 17, 2015 by dvcrow56
For those unfamiliar with Jay Gordon, he is a West-Coast, certified bad mofo blues guitar player. Endorsed by Gretsch, he coaxes enough energy outta that "big black guitar" to power most Third World countries!! Seriously, tho, Jay has opened for the likes of Albert Collins and Johnny Winter, and has played Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. Add to that his Grammy nomination, and his pedigree is in place.
"Woodchopper’s Ball" is his latest set, twelve cuts of originals mixed with cool covers that just let the man wail on the strings. He starts off the party, exhorting "Let’s go to work," then rips into "The Stinger." Bassist Sharon Butcher handles the vocals on Koko’s "Voodoo Woman," while Jay sends out an icy-cold blast of blues on the instrumental, "Message To Collins."
If you dig slow, deep, passionate, crash-and-burn blues, then this album is one you cannot miss. Jay turns in several fine slow-riders, including some killer slide work on "Pain," while the autobiographical "Blues Venom" features fine B-3 work from Rich Wenzel, and a cool harp break from Mario Ramirez, the real-life brother of the late Richie Valens. The set closes with a bang and nine minutes of blues bliss where we learn the "Original Sin" of a bluesman!
This set has its share of lighter moments, too, and those served as our favorites. A little shot of Elmore James comes thru in the roadhouse rock of "Chainsaw Boogie," played on a guitar made from a real chainsaw! The "Hobo Hilton" is a tongue-in-cheek slow-burner about living in L. A. literally in the shadow of the Capitol Records building, but the fame and fortune that goes with it might as well be a million miles away. And, the set’s most unique cut is Jay’s take on "Travelin’ Riverside Blues," done unplugged and acoustic, just the way ole Robert Johnson intended, on his way down to the Crossroads.
Jay Gordon can hold his own with any guitar slinger on the planet, and he lets all his fire and fury fly from his fingers on "Woodchoppeer’s Ball." Simply put, the man can rock some blues! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.