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 to a 45 record of the song "Revolution" and from that point on his love for music and the guitar emerged.
AJ is inspired by many artists, just to name a few as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, as well as blues legends B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, T' Bone Walker, and Howlin Wolf.
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 for his band. AJ got a taste of being on the road, and matured into a seasoned player. From that point on, he began to tour with the AJ Slick Band, playing the Woodstock Festival back in the early 1990's and had the privilage to share the stage with the late great Rick Danko, 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, he began to play many blues festivals up and down the east coast in Maine, Vermont, andNewYork. 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.
AJ's most recent accomplishment in his career was in July of 2014 when he received a call from the legendary bass player for Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsy's, Mr.Billy Cox. AJ and his wife flew to Nashville, Tennessee and spent some time with Billy Cox. AJ and Billy jammed together and both thoroughly enjoyed the EXPERIENCE. This was a major stepping stone for AJ, as Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsy's played a huge part influencing his style of guitar playing.
To this day, AJ plays all over the country with his band featuring Stevie K who is not only his bass player, but soul brother for well over 20 years, along with Bobby Corea of Pretty Poison.
The AJ Slick Band is heading back into the studio to record their new material and upcoming shows featuring Grammy Award winning artists. Stay tuned......it will be worthwhile!
AJ SLICK PLAYING WELLSFARGO CENTER BEFORE THE WHO CONCERT 3/14/16