About Eric Gales
Blues guitar phenom Eric Gales was born and raised in Memphis. Gales grew up hearing gospel in church where his music is rooted, andstarted playing guitar and singing at 4 years old. Although Gales was born right-handed, he learned to play left-handed, without reversing the order of the strings.
The youngest of four guitar-slinging brothers, all of who play lefty and upside-down (a family tradition passed down from their grandfather, Dempsey Garrett who jammed with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf), Eric was tutored guitar by his older brothers, Eugene and Manual (who performed as Little Jimmy King) and raised on a hearty diet of primal blues and classic rock. A child prodigy, he became a fret board monster early on displaying a natural command of the electric guitar. Winning his first blues contest at 11, the teenage Eric Gales was quickly exalted as the "next Jimi Hendrix." With his dazzling fluidity and soaring creativity that complimentary yet unenviable comparison was probably inevitable for a black southpaw rocking the blues on a righty Fender Stratocaster flipped upside-down.
Gales claims he was more influenced by guitarists who were influenced by Hendrix than Hendrix himself. It is a broad cross-section that includes Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Wes Montgomery, as well as later arrivals such as Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His rise was meteoritic. He got his first record deal at 15 with Elektra Records, started a career at 16 and instant adulation for his unearthly technique spread. Through the years it would not be unusual to see celebrity artists Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, B.B. King and Eric Clapton in the audience gaping at Gales' guitar exploits.
Gales has been in demand ever since, recognized as Best Blues Guitarist by Guitarist Magazine.