World renowned Blues guitarist Eric Gales will be returning to the UK and Ireland this October/November.
Following his long awaited first UK solo tour in May and an incredible guest slot with Supersonic Blues Machine at this years Ramblin’ Man Fair.
Released on 24 February, Eric Gales new album Middle of the Road received rave reviews fromClassic Rock, Powerplay, Fireworks, Blues Matters, Blues in Britain, Total Guitar, Guitar & Bassand Guitarist magazine amongst others and was called “scorching”, “rocket-fuelled” and he was declared as “one of the greatest guitarists on the planet” not to mention counting fans in the shape ofDave Navarro, Carlos Santana, Mark Tremonti and Joe Bonamassa.
Middle of the Road is Eric Gales fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Warren Haynes, The Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) and it sees him at his most expressive yet; it is a deeply personal and reflective record that echoes where he is in his life right now and he opens himself up and allows himself the chance to really flourish. “I feel the most free I’ve ever been in life, even more so than when I was a kid…you gotta help yourself man, once you can help yourself you can genuinely help someone else” he opens up about the album.
It’s well documented that Gales was a child prodigy and heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix when he released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 14 studio albums in total ahead of Middle of the Road and a host of other collaborations, one of which led him to work with producer Fabrizio Grossi (Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, Billy F. Gibbons, Ice T, Leslie West, Slash, Walter Trout, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Paul Stanley, Supersonic Blues Machine).
In 2009 he spent time in the Shelby County Correction Center for possession of drugs and a weapon. Elaborating he adds; “While I was in there all the officers and guards were like, ‘bro you know this isn’t where you’re supposed to be. When you get out of here, go take the world by the horns and ride it all the way out.’ It took a couple of years after but, I’m here.” Whilst he was incarcerated he was able to play shows, for the Mayor, the city and festivals, his own version of Johnny Cash Walk the Line.
“When I say the world will hear about it, you’ll see what I mean when you hear the record,” he says. “This record is going to take me everywhere that I’ve never been, and everywhere I’ve ever wanted to go.” Eric Gales
“One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world” Joe Bonamassa
“He is absolutely incredible” Carlos Santana
“How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery” Dave Navarro
“This guy could be the best player on Earth”
Catch Eric Gales live on the following dates
TUES 24 OCT – Whelans, Dublin
WED 25 OCT – Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
THUR 26 OCT – Cyprus Ave, Cork
FRI 27 OCT – Picturedrome, Holmfirth
SUN 29 OCT – Mr Kyps, Bournemouth
TUE 31 OCT – Boom, Boom Club, Sutton –
THU 02 NOV – Robin 2, Bilston
Feature image © Nicole Weingart