“One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world!”- JOE BONAMASSA
“… absolutely incredible!” - CARLOS SANTANA
“How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery” - DAVE NAVARRO
“Unfortunately you have to go through some things to be free,” says Memphis-born ERIC GALES. “Now, I feel the most free I’ve ever been in life, even more so than when I was a kid,” he opens up. “You gotta help yourself man, once you can help yourself you can genuinely help someone else.”
The title of GALES’ new album, MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, is the running theme throughout the record. “It’s about being fully focused and centered in the middle of the road. If you’re on the wrong side and in the gravel you’re not too good and if you’re on the median strip that’s not too good either, so being in the middle of the road is the best place to be.”
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD is GALES’ fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Warren Haynes, Robert Cray, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd ) 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.
GALES was a child prodigy, 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. One of those projects led him to work with producer Fabrizio Grossi (Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons, Ice T, Leslie West, Slash, Walter Trout, Steve Lukather), who says, “I’ve been a fan of Eric since I first worked with him 15 years ago on a project with George Clinton & P.Funk. His tone and his playing was wicked. I know very few musicians with such musicality. Eric is simply Miles Davis’ and Jimi Hendrix’ love child, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”
Recent years have seen an array of musicians also singing the praises of Eric Gales. Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction – Red Hot Chili Peppers) exclaimed, “How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery.”
Talking about the recent accolades, GALES humbly adds, “I’m grateful to see the recognition … in the proper way, unlike times where I was engaged in heavy addiction....”
GALES refers to hard time he served at the Shelby County Correction Center in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon. “While I was in there 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, but I’m here.”
This is where MIDDLE OF THE ROAD finds the rebirth of ERIC GALES. He brings in a host of guests and collaborators, but also those closest to him: Lauryn Hill, Gary Clark Jr, Eugene Gales, LaDonna Gales, Lance Lopez, Raphael Saadiq and CHRISTONE ‘KINGFISH’ INGRAM.