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Eric Gales

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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.

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  • zygmund18

    I think only black guys can reach talent like Eric , fuckin amazing guy

    9 Apr 2:14pm Reply
  • Robscire

    NIGGAZ DOWN TO MAKE SUM ENDS

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • kierownicaa

    eric do un gige in Poland :( and i m in France now!!!!!!!! :((((((((( did you know if he have others gigs in Europe?

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • danielhillmer

    Fuck is he good!!

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • FromStage

    You can watch him on stage with Keith LeBlanc and TM Stevens (as Voodoo Chile in Berlin, Germany) at archive of my broadcasts: http://archive.from-stage.com/ - enjoy their full show! :-)

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
  • kronosprojekt

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_avEPA7Bcg&hd=1

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • TheTrooper667

    wow...sounds as hendrix, but in some way better ;)

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Misiek_Dzemer

    He's A M A Z I N G !!!!! I love this guy!

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • hoellenfuerst

    I saw a vid on youtube where he was in jail. I Hope he gets out soon and brings us another Album and tours !!

    7 Sep 2009 Reply
  • OzgOnc

    Eric Gales is the man, period. So glad he's making records again.

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • glock09

    I wish they'd put up more of his stuff here.... "I want you, she's so heavy" is a classic take on that one.....

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Rainyeyes1

    Gales f'n rocks!! I saw him last month at the Experience Hendrix show and I was blown away by him!

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • mikevogel

    e.g. rox...albert king and otis rush livin' da blooz

    16 Sep 2008 Reply
  • aasmirnoff

    очень мощно.... прямо хеви блюз.....

    11 Aug 2008 Reply
  • chrisalmajose

    Amazingly insane! Just like Dug Pinnick, he's pushing the boundaries. Unfortunately he's right... segregation is alive and well in the radio stations. But who cares about radio when you got last.fm! :)

    29 Mar 2008 Reply
  • hoellenfuerst

    Eric Gales simply rocks! What a pity he is so unrecognized by the media and so on. He's just the next Jimi Hendrix but nobody knows it yet.

    1 Mar 2008 Reply
  • waylay00

    He is simply insane. I saw him twice this weekend, and I talked with him for a while. He's a very humble guy, not to mention a MONSTER player.

    2 May 2007 Reply
  • Ogorek

    He is awesome!

    2 Mar 2007 Reply

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