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“One of the best if not the best guitarist in the world today.” –Joe Bonamassa 

Eric Gales is a blues firebrand. Over 30 years and 18 albums, his passion for the music and his boundless desire to keep it vital has never waned, even when his own light dimmed due to his substance struggles. Throughout it all, he continued to reinvigorate the art form with personal revelation in his lyrics and bold stylistic twists in his guitar playing and songwriting.

 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 16 for Elektra records to an overwhelming response from the media and music fans around the globe, and 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. 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 and set the stage for his 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 Sumthin’ for Cleopatra Records, 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. In 2022, five years sober and creatively rejuvenated, Eric released the masterful album Crown, produced by long-time friend Joe Bonnamassa. 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.


2020 Best Festival
Washington Blues Society


2015 Keeping The Blues Alive Recipient
The Blues Foundation


2022 Grand Summit Award
Washington Festival & Events Association


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