Xotic Guitars, Basses and Effect Pedals
Eric is proudly playing Xotic Guitars and burning up the stage with his Signature EWS Brute Drive.
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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. Always influenced by Hendrix and the power trio format, Gales' 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,Relentless, 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 a collection of 13 originals.
~ Jason Ankeny & Steve Leggett, Rovi
Eric Gales is the "Best Blues Player of 2010!"
– Guitarist Magazine
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Interview - Eric Gales: Alive and Relentless
Eric Gales brings The Hendrix. He’s that natural breed of guitarist who can pick up anything and sound good playing it. Born into a family with an innate sense of musicality and soul, his playing has always been miles beyond mere mechanics and licks. Even as a teenager he was talented beyond his years. He understood what it was all about, while backing it up with a freakish ability to play the hell out of a guitar. He feels the music, serves it back, and we absorb every note. We experience his soul.
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Guitar Edge Article
Maybe you've heard of Eric Gales—that kid out of Memphis, a lefty, playing a Strat upside-down and backwards, the teenager who ever so briefly took Stevie Ray Vaughan's torch back when blues-rock charted Top 40 hits. That kid with the gift, a phenom with all the intangibles, the supreme essence of rock guitar who once drew "better than Jimi" comparisons, who Mike Varney (the authority on lead guitar playing) deems an elite amongst elites.
Premier Guitar Discusses the New Eric Gales Two-Rock Amp
Two Rock Amplification has released its latest amplifier, the Eric Gales signature model. Limited to 50 amps, the model features two channels with separate EQ. The amp is available as a 50-watt tube rectified version with EL34 or 6L6 tubes or a 100-watt solid state rectified version.