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Eric Gales

Blues guitar phenom Eric Gales was born and raised in Memphis, learning to play at age four from older brothers Eugene and Manuel in imitation of their upside-down, left-handed style (a tradition actually passed down from their grandfather, Dempsey Garrett Sr., who was known to jam with the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf). Winning his first blues contest at 11, four years later Eric signed to Elektra to issue his 1991 debut LP, recorded with Eugene on bass; Picture of a Thousand Faces followed in 1993. Manuel (who previously performed under the alias Little Jimmy King) reunited with his siblings for 1995's Left Hand Band, credited to the Gales Brothers.

A newly matured Gales returned in spring 2001 to release his debut for MCA, That's What I Am. Often billed as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix, Gales, an adequate singer at best but a dynamite guitarist, suffered for the comparison. With Gales always influenced by Hendrix and the power trio format, his next albums, 2006's Crystal Vision and 2007's Psychedelic Underground, both released by Blues Bureau Records, seemed like facsimile Hendrix albums, right down to the album art. His next two releases from Blues Bureau, 2008's The Story of My Life and 2009's Layin' Down the Blues, found the Hendrix influence muted somewhat, but Gales, a breathtaking guitarist at times, still seemed to be looking for a way out of the Hendrix shadow and into his own voice. Gales returned in 2010 with Relentless, a collection of 13 originals, and followed it with the passionate Transformation a year later in 2011. The all-instrumental Ghost Notes arrived in the fall of 2013. ~ Jason Ankeny & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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I just saw him here in NC. He shredded it! The whole place was rocking.:)
well just listen for yourself
mrschaffins
he popped up on a pandora station and now he has his own on my radio!!!
I've witnessed Eric's brilliance many times. God bless Memphis dive bars!
rytnbfytn55
What's really awesome is the Gales/Pinnic k collaboratio n . . . I ' v e gotta see that one live!!!
Wow. I'm really liking this. A lot.
staticlines5
Wow!!!!
I just heard him play on the Experience Hendrix tour.....WOW ! ! !
Totally agree with n2him2. This was playing in the background on my computer and the first thing I thought of was Dug Pinnick.
Saw him play when he was like 15 or 16, Amazing....
n2him2
He does sound a bit like Dug Pinnick of KingsX vocally... and I can attest... the relentless album is good.. I have had it for a month or so.. Eric is great to listen to if you are a lead guitar fan. Enjoy!
How awesome is this guy!!!
I just ordered relentless and laying down the blues. I can't wait to here them.
This guy is just a great player. I won't compare him to anyone. I just love hearing him play.
Sounds more like Ty Tabor from Kings X than Hendrix. Pair him up with a songwriter not married to any genre and watch him fly.
I don't know if I would compare him to Hendrix, Satriani or Vaughn but this guy is extremely talented
What a dynamite guitar player..what is he doing now...He needs to make a come back and produce another album...We need brothers like this to represent!
Anyone ever heard of Gregg Wright? he has a my space page check him out if you love the blues
This guy is straight up BAD A**
oh hell yea
One of the most talented guitarist i've heard in along time. Eric gales is the real deal! Check out his brother Eugenes stuff.
Great Stuff!
Can't go wrong with a little left handed magic!

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