Eric Gales

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 who played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King who 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.  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, Eric Johnson, Keith Richards, B.B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric 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  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 2001 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar.  In 2006 Eric recorded the critically acclaimed CD “Crystal Vision” for Shrapnel Records and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau Division follow-up, “The Psychedelic Underground”.  In 2010 Eric released the critically successful album “Relentless” following it up with the equally powerful album “Transformation”.  In 2014 a spiritually renewed Eric Gales released “Good For Sumthin.” This set released by Cleopatra Records and produced by Raphael Saadiq, is vintage blues-funk-rock and features guest spots from Eric Johnson and Zakk Wylde.

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 Frank Gambale.  A unique amalgam of styles.  Eric Gales stands head an shoulders among other guitarists in his genre.

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