Posted June 2021
That wouldn’t be the first thing or word that you think of when you are talking about an artist or their music but after you watch this interview with Eric Gales, that is the word you’ll associate with him.
Come to think of it, gumbo is the perfect word to describe Gales’ style and genre. Not necessarily because his music is Cajun zydeco or anything close to it (though, you’ll definitely “smell” that in his musical gumbo). What you will detect is the brilliantly amazing mix of genres that seem to swirl within Eric’s creative juices, out his fingers, and through his guitar.
What is equally amazing about Eric Gales in addition to his musical talent – strike that. What is more important than Eric’s musical talent is this man’s compassionate heart. Gales has withdrawn from the edge of self-destruction via substance abuse to enjoy a brand-new lease on life. While some people may choose to hide that part of their past, Eric shares it in both celebration of his recovery as well as in hopes to encourage and help others who are where he once was.
But it’s Eric Gales’ talent that is his calling card that opens the doors of opportunity to tell his story of hope and recovery. It’s also his talent that has garnered accolades from some other monster talents. People like his good friends Carlos Santana and Joe Bonamassa, to name just two.
Please watch this first Boomerocity interview with Eric Gales. I’m very proud of this interview and look forward to many more chats with him in the years to come. Below the interview is Eric’s bio pulled from his website. After you check it all out, sign up at his website, EricGales.com, to keep up with the latest on him. Also, if you don’t already own his work, buy it today.
The Boomerocity Interview with Eric Gales
Eric's Official Bio From EricGales.com
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 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 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 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, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric took his guitar and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy.
The new millennium presented fresh opportunities for Eric. 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” for Shrapnel Records and set the stage for his 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 Sum thin’”. Released by Cleopatra Records and produced by Raphael Saadiq. His follow up project was the Double Live CD/DVD “A Night on the Sunset Strip” in 2016. From there Eric signed with Mascot Label Group in 2017. He has released two albums on this label, 2018’s “Middle of the Road” and 2019’s “The Bookends” both deeply personal and introspective works.
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 and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre.