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Eric Gales Band

Years Performed: 2017

Eric Gales grew up in a musical family, the youngest of four boys. At the age of three, he began his life-long love of music playing the drums. At four, he picked up the guitar. With his older brothers playing guitar and sharing their love of Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Cream, Eric Johnson, Foghat, Stevie Ray Vaughn and other contemporary artists of the time, Eric was destined to master the guitar. Taught by his brother Eugene who is left-handed, Eric followed the same approach, playing left-handed and upside down, despite being right-handed. Eugene taught Eric the dos and don’ts about the guitar and tone and introduced him to artists who influenced Eric’s emerging style. He started playing professional gigs at age 11.

 

Pursued by multiple recording companies, Eric signed with Elektra when he was only 15 years old. A year later, he released his first album, The Eric Gales Band, to critical acclaim. Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll named Eric as “Best New Talent,” that same year. After recording a second record for Elektra, Eric teamed up with his brothers Eugene and Jimmy for The Gales Bros. “Left Hand Brand” in 1996.

 
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 2001 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. In 2006 Eric recorded the CD “Crystal Vision” and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau follow-up, “The Psychedelic Underground” in 2007 with “The Story of My Life” released in 2008. In 2010 Eric hit a new stride altogether with the incredibly successful album “Relentless.” That album combined with the 2011 album “Transformation” set the stage for his Double Live Album/DVD in October of 2012.

 

Gales newest album, “Middle of the Road” is set for release February 24.
As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, Eric is often compared to Jimi 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.

 

Discography

The Eric Gales Band – 1991

Picture of a Thousand Faces – 1993

The Gales Brothers – 1996

That’s What I Am – 2001

Crystal Vision – 2006

The Psychedelic Underground – 2007

The Story of My Life – 2008

Layin’ Down the Blues – 2009

Relentless – 2010

Transformation – 2011

Eric Gales Live – 2012

Ghost Notes – 2013

A Night on the Sunset Strip – 2016

Middle of the Road – 2017

 

 

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