Well school starts soon e’nuff… So from Austin, Texas I took my wonderful daughter to Fiesta Gardens Six Flags Amusement Park down in San Antonio last week with my good friend Adrian and his nephew who happens to be about the same age as my 13 year old. We all wanted to get that one last fun blast day trip in before back to school started. On the way there we all got to listen to Eric Gales NEW CD “Transformation” all the way through from beginning to end. And let me tell ya… Can I get a witness over here…? I mean !!!
This CD has Tejas Hot Sauce all over it and then some!!! They say “Remember the Alamo” … I say Remember “Transformation” by Blues Rock Guitarist Extraordinaire Eric Gales. This is electrified blues music at its best without a doubt … Eric’s incredible blues licks, memorable phrasing, and lighting fast roller-coaster tickle-me runs, just light up the fret board like 4th of July fireworks. No kid’n either… His tones are biting sharp, and stinging hot with a lot of wah-wah cry-baby induced madness swirling to and fro in the mix like a devil wind look’n for a new victim to strike down. The songwriting on this is infectious, smartly played, and written from the heart. Eric is working and playing well on all fronts and on all circuits. The 50-watt fuses are riding high with exhilaration on every note of each meticulously recorded track.
With the aid of Mike Varney as co-writer, Eric’s musical focus, lyrics, music and vocals have gotten stronger with each new enjoyable sounding album from The Shrapnel-Label Group’s Blues Bureau International Label. As I listen to the tracks, the late great Albert Collins keeps coming to mind… I also hear other influence too… Strat Master Buddy Guy is another one. There are other modern greats of which this record is reminiscent such as Eric Johnson and Joe Bonamassa. However, Eric takes these other influences, throws ‘em all together and offers back a tasty, hot and spicy voodoo-blackened gumbo stew of refreshing songs.
I highly recommend this CD for Blues Rock Guitar Hero Aficionados… You know who you are… We want to know who you are too. So get online and order / download your copy Today!!!