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Omar Sharief Gordon
Blues Lead Guitarist from Clarksdale, MS
Mississippi has been a hotbed of musical talent for decades and has always been home to many blues-guitar masters like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolfe, B.B King, and in more recent times, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.
Meet Omar Gordon. Born October 29, 1990, Omar started singing and playing blues guitar when he was 14 years old. His first performances were in his hometown of Clarksdale, MS at the Delta Blues Museum where he fronted the student’s band. The Delta Blues Museum students had the opportunity to open the Chicago Blues Festival. Omar channels Robert Johnson’s ferocity on stage, shredding with his instrument as he sings and plays his original songs as well as classic covers.
His first guitar teacher was bluesman Andrew Shine Turner. Other teachers included Dr. Mike, Terry “Big T” Williams, and Bill “Howlin’ Madd” Perry.
These bluesmen not only taught Omar but inspired and encouraged his talent.
“I was born with the blues. All I know is music! Music is my passion! Blues is what you go through! It could be good things or bad. It’s just different here,” Gordon said. “The blues, it’s what we are and who we are. This Mississippi music, it’s in our DNA.”
~ played with B.B. King at a workshop in Indianola, MS and got a standing ovation! B.B. King told his dad (Roy Banks) to keep him in music saying he “sure can sing and play the guitar”. A local newspaper ran photo with Omar and King.
~ performed with Josh Razor Blade Stewart as lead guitarist for 5 years
~ went on tour as a drummer with Bill ‘Howlin’ Madd’ Perry and Shy Perry
~ was in a television commercial playing guitar for C Spire telephone service
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYnJSH-dI3o
~ interview scheduled on BMT – Blues Music Television – first blues music television in the world (Roku)
~ has been featured in Blues Music and Living Blues magazines
~ has played with James “Super Chikan” Johnson, B.B King, Pinetop Perkins, Lala Craig, Watermelon Slim, Lucious Spiller, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Lee Williams, Big A, Jeremy Horton, Big Jack Johnson, Big George Brock, Jimmy Thackery, Gary Burnside, Cedric Burnside, Robert Burnside, Dale Hunter, Regi Wooten, Heather Cross, Carlos Elliot, T Model Ford, Studd Ford, Myles Forrest, Shy Perry, J.D. Sipe, Russell Lee Wheeler, Jacqueline Nassar, Phillip Carter, Lightning Malcolm, Bob Margolin, and many more.
~ performed at Sunflower River Blues Festival, Juke Joint Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Sean Bad Apple Blues Festival, among others
~ performs regularly at these venues: (Clarksdale, MS) Red’s Blues Club, Ground Zero, Bad Apple Blues Club and Shack Up Inn; (Nashville, TN) Carol Anns, Papa Turneys, Bourbon Street Blues; (Indianola, MS): B.B Kings Club
~ also plays drums and bass guitar
Omar’s first CD LIVING WITH THE BLUES was released in December 2022. It was recorded and mastered at Creane Studio in Germantown, Tennessee. This album has 7 songs, all originals, ranging from themes of happiness to struggle, testifying that Omar Gordon is a bona fide Delta bluesman.
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