The Bookends Eric Gales

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Label: Provogue Records

Genre: Blues

Subgenre: Bluesy Rock

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  • 1Intro01:55
  • 2Something's Gotta Give (feat. B. Slade)04:19
  • 3Whatcha Gon' Do03:27
  • 4It Just Beez That Way04:20
  • 5How Do I Get You04:13
  • 6Southpaw Serenade (feat. Doyle Bramhall II)08:31
  • 7Reaching For A Change04:49
  • 8Somebody Lied04:02
  • 9With A Little Help From My Friends (feat. Beth Hart)06:03
  • 10Resolution05:05
  • 11Pedal To The Metal (feat. B. Slade) ([Remix] [Bonus Track])03:46
  • Total Runtime50:30

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Der Bluesrock-Gitarrist Eric Gales aus Memphis, Tennessee meldet sich mit seinem brandneuen Album “The Bookends” zurück. Für einen famosen Rock-Gitarristen wie Eric Gales kann es gleichermaßen Fluch und Segen bedeuten, immer wieder mit Übervater Jimi Hendrix in einen Topf geworfen zu werden. Häufiger als einmal bekam der US-Amerikaner zu hören, er sei dem Hendrix’schen Klangkosmos allzu stark verhaftet, so zum Beispiel nach Erscheinen seiner Alben “Crystal Vision” (2006) und “Psychedelic Underground” (2007).

Nicht zuletzt deshalb markierte Gales’ 2017 veröffentlichte Comeback-Platte “Middle of the Road” einen wichtigen Wendepunkt: Stilistisch absolut eigenständig, wirbelte er auf der crisp produzierten Scheibe mitreißend zwischen Power Rock und Psychedelia, Blues, Funk und Soul – unmissverständlich die Message: Wo Gales draufsteht, steckt auch Gales drin! Mit “Middle of the Road” fuhr er einen der größten Erfolge seiner Laufbahn ein, was sich unter anderem in einer Platzierung auf Rang 4 der amerikanischen Billboard Blues Charts und der Spitze der Blues Charts manifestierte. In dieselbe Kerbe wie “Middle of the Road” schlägt jetzt der von Eric Gales gemeinsam mit Mono Neon (Bass) und Aaron Haggerty (Drums) eingespielte neue Longplayer “The Bookends”. Die Vorproduktion des Albums wurde von David Bianco (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Ozzy Osbourne, u.a.) in Kalifornien gemacht, der leider unerwartet nach einem schweren Schlaganfall verstarb, seine Arbeit als Produzent von ‘The Bookends’ hat Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon, u.a.) perfekt vollendet. Gastauftritte stammen von B.Slade sowie Beth Hart und Doyle Bramhall II.

Eric Gales, guitar, vocals
Neon, bass
Haggerty, drums
Dylan Wiggins, organ
LaDonna Gales, backing vocals, percussion
Beth Hart, vocals
Doyle Bramhall II, guitar
B. Slade, vocals, rap

Produced by Matt Wallace

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’s brother Eugene Gales played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. 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, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric took his God-given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy. The new Millennium presented new opportunities for Eric and 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 critically acclaimed CD “Crystal Vision” for Blues Bureau and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau follow-up, “The Psychedelic Underground.” in 2007. Eric followed sharply in 2008 with "The Story of my Life" and in 2010 hit a new stride altogether with the incredibly successful album "Relentless". That album combined with his latest studio album "Transformation" released in 2011 set the stage for his upcoming Double Live Album/DVD due in October of 2012.

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 Eric Johnson. A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre."

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