Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two 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.
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 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 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. He hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. Eric then recorded the highly-touted CD, “Crystal Vision”, for Blues Bureau and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau follow-up, “The Psychedelic Underground.”
As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare him 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 followed by “Relentless” which was rooted firmly in the blues, further establishing Gales as one of the rare musical talents of his generation. “Transformation” was the next CD in this prolific artist’s career as it is deeply centered in the blues but played with the edge and aggression of a young guitar hero.
With ten records to his credit with no live CD or DVD in his discography, this limited edition two disc set is the release for which Gales fans have been waiting as it shows Gales in his best light as one of the most impressive guitarists on the rockin’ blues scene today.