Guitarist Eric Gales



ERIC GALES  RELENTLESS- BLUES BUREAU  INTERNATIONAL

Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric's brother Eugene Gales played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Jimmy King had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. Eric released his first record at Age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe.

Guitar World Magazine's Reader's Poll named Eric as “Best New Talent,” in 1991.

Eric Gales - New CD  “Relentless”  arrived several days ago and what a real treat it is. No kiddin'! This album has all the makings of a stellar Blues / Rock CD for the masses. Mr. Gales, a guitar prodigy at the age of 16, and Memphis native hit the world of heavy, blues/rock running and to this day still shows no signs of slowin' down. His licks can be extremely fast, and accomplished while his slow hand phrasing can be very mature & emotive. His tone is supremely heavy.

After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers teamed up for The Gales Bros. “Left Hand Brand” which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996. Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see artists like Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Gales took his God-given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy.

The new Millennium presented new opportunities for Eric and he was signed to a deal with Nightbird Records which was affiliated with the Hendrix family and distributed through MCA/Universal. Under this deal, Eric recorded the critically acclaimed record “That's What I Am”  in 1991 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. Two years ago Eric recorded the critically acclaimed CD “Crystal Vision” for Blues Bureau and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau follow-up, “The Psychedelic Underground.”

The first song "Bad Lawbreaker" has that "Red House"  vibe going on. "When You Got No Place To Go" and "On the Wings of Rock n Roll are also slower blues  tracks, the latter being a moody minor blues with spiritual quality .  Nonetheless,  I was riveted to my chair thinking that I was listening to the second comin' of Jimi Hendrix. Yeah, I know... You've probably heard that he does sound like Hendrix and or Stevie Ray. However, don't let that stop you from enjoying this disc. Gales has much more going than that on this Killer CD.  He can divinely take you "Home" with his muse and there are  glimpses of Eric Johnson in his playing add further dimension to Gales' style.

As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare Eric to Hendrix but Eric has developed a unique hybrid blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Eric Johnson. A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre. Eric's third Blues Bureau record “The Story Of My Life” took the next logical step in Eric's career and was rooted firmly in the blues, further establishing Gales as one of the rare musical talents of his generation. “Relentless”  is the next logical step in this prolific artist's career as it it is deeply centered in the blues but played  with the edge and aggression of a young guitar hero.

I luv it when Gales breaks into some of his euphoric, soaring solos while leaning expressively on that wah-wah pedal of his. For instance, the hard rock tune "Block the Sun.", Gales displays his psychedelic guitar prowess and my man ain't afraid to use his blistering hard rock rhythm and lead attacks either. And, his guitar tone is just amazing. This record was cut with his new Two Rock guitar amp, the same company that makes amp for John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa and Carlos Santana.  Wow!!! The tune "Draggin' Me Down" is a hard rock song that stands up and says "recognize". I totally dig the songwriting on this track... It reminds me of King's X 's. The lead guitar solo on this will blow your pentatonic induced mind fo' sure.  And let's not forget another rocker called "The Liar"... My oh my., This one will make the hair on the back of your neck stand-up. The tune's middle section has this really kool syncopated guitar, drum and bass riff  that's infectious, and the guitar solo just burns a hole right thru ya.

CAUTION: If you listen to this one in your Ride, don't get a ticket ! I promise you your foot will turn to lead while listening and you'll find yourself doin' 90 in a 55 mph zone... I can  see the flashing lights in my rear view mirror now... Shiz-niz-it ! Not another speeding ticket...

In the fall of 2008, Eric Gales made headline music news when he performed on the bill with Eric Johnson, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd,  Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and blues legend Hubert Sumlin on the 2008 Experience Hendrix USA tour, in tribute to Jimi Hendrix. This tour put Gales in front of thousands of guitar fans every night. In addition to his own nightly performances he also took the stage with Eric Johnson for part of the show in an amazing version of Hendrix' “Waterfall”. Gales has been a familiar face on the Experience Hendrix tour, having been featured on several of these prestigious tours.

The song "Spice" reminds me of another bluesman named Ian Moore...  Blues / Rock ROMP all the way any day, hey, hey, hey with this baby... If this trax don't give you a "mean lean" than nothin' will... "Change in me" is a hot rocker in the style ala ZZ Top's La Grange.... Foot tappin' music all the way... Lastly, we have one of my favorites, an AWESOME Instrumental Guitar Tune in the Style of Satriani, Eric Johnson, called "Universal Peace Pipe". This tune is so uplifting and heartfelt and a twist away from the rest of the CD's style... I call this one "Modern Instrumental Guitar Rock". Eric Gails has totally got my head spinnin' with this enjoyable, sweet, feel good tune... Yeah Baby!!!!

The Blues Bureau label has developed a strong following for its superior blues rock recordings. Eric Gales takes his place among artists in the label's legacy that includes such blues/rock legends as Rick Derringer, Pat Travers, Chris Duarte, Stoney Curtis  and Leslie West.

Eric's masterful guitar and vocal performances on “Relentless” portend a great response from loyal fans of blues/rock as guitarist/singers of this quality and intensity are few and far between.

I GIVE THIS CD 5 STARZ OUT OF 5 *****

Scott Thomas





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