AJ Slick, photographed by Len Knee A.K.A L.A. Ives
AJ and legendary bass player Billy Cox of Jimi Hendrix & the Band of Gypsy's jamming in Nashville, TN
AJ Slick is an American guitarist/songwriter. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He is the youngest of four children growing up in a middle class family in the 70's music era. His original influence for music began with the Beatles. When he was six years old, he was introduced by his sister, Donna to a 45 record of the song "Revolution" and from that point on his love for music and the guitar emerged.
AJ's musical influences are clearly demonstrated in his unique style and techniques from Hendrix to Clapton, to SRV and beyond.
In the early 1980's, by the age of 14, he started playing the local Philly/New Jersey club scene, with his first band Destroyer and then the "5670" band. AJ shared the stage with Philly local rock acts such as Cinderella and Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers. In 1987, he played The Crazy Horse Saloon Blues Festival and met Texas blues legend Sonny Rhodes. Sonny adored AJ's guitar playing, and he was asked to do an East Coast tour playing with Sonny's band, and began maturing into the seasoned professional player he is today.
The AJ Slick Band was formed and began playing locally as well as hitting the road playing the Woodstock Festival back in the early 1990's and shared the stage with the late great Rick Danko, the bass player for The Band along with Richie Havens.
By the mid 1990's, the AJ Slick Band was signed by World Mass Records and recorded their first studio album. The band began to tour, playing venues opening for The Guess Who and Herman's Hermits. From that point on, the band began to play many rock and blues festivals on the east coast. Eventually the touring paid off for the band and they were asked to headline the Natchez Blues Festival with blues guitarists Smokin Joe Kubeck and Big Bill Morganfield.
In the summer of 2014, AJ played with legendary bass player, Mr. Billy Cox of the Band of Gypsy's. AJ flew to Nashville, Tennessee and spent some time with Billy and became good friends. AJ and Billy jammed together and both thoroughly enjoyed the EXPERIENCE.
To this day, the AJ Slick Band is still going strong and looking forward to what the New Year 2020 has in store.....Stay tuned...........and Rock On