Blues guitar phenom Eric Gales was born and raised in Memphis. He learned to play guitar at the age of four from his older brothers Eugene and Manuel as they imitated the upside-down, left-handed style of their grandfather.
From the high of Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll naming Eric as “Best New Talent” in 1991 to the low of his recent time in prison, Eric’s life has been a roller coaster ride.
Premier Guitar just posted an extensive interview: “Eric Gales – Alive and Relentless”…A candid discussion of the guitarist’s continuing journey to redemption…by Oscar Jordan.
Here is a portion of the interview:
How have you been?
I’m ok man. I’m living a new life and everything is going good. I’m really proud of this new record.
What was your state of mind while you were recording?
I was really excited. I had just come from a year and a half hiatus. I had to go lay it down for a little minute. I came straight out [of prison], went to San Francisco, and started recording. I think it’s the best thing I ever did because we went in full throttle and pumped out a great record. It took fifteen days to do this record.
The songs were written beforehand?
No. We got into pre-production and worked the songs up. We had general ideas, but between me and Mike Varney, we wrote all the songs together. We belted them out and had some really great musicians. Aaron Haggerty and Steve Evans played drums and bass.
You were in the joint for a year and a half.
Yeah, on a three-year sentence. I served all of my time—21 months taking care of a three-year sentence. You only do a percentage.
I bet you were ready to play some guitar when you got out.
You can read the entire interview by CLICKING HERE.
Eric was released from prison this past March 1st. He immediately went into the studio with a relentless passion to play and record.
Relentless is the name of his new CD.
[Listen to a sample of “Bad Lawbreaker” from the new CD]
Eric has had his challenges but who among us has not. As we all eventually learn, challenges are nothing more than opportunities for us to overcome. They strengthen our resilience and define our character.
If this post happens to make it to Eric, I would have this to say: “Stay clean brother! We need your talent, your passion and your creativity. You are one helluva blues guitar player and an inspiration to many.”