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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Eric Gales Tour Announced plus new album "Crown"

 Eric Gales reclaims his blues crown with new tour and album



Critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Eric Gales will tour the UK in March and April 2022. Tickets for all dates are available from www.thegigcartel.com. The tour follows the January 28th release of Gales’ forthcoming studio album “Crown” produced by and featuring Joe Bonamassa. The album will be released by Provogue.

Special guest on all shows is celebrated British Blues rock guitarist Danny Bryant. Hailed as a national blues treasure,” Bryant recently released his 12th studio album The Rage To Survive via Jazzhaus Records.

Eric Gales takes his rightful place at the head of the blues-rock table as he announces Crown, his career-defining new album. The hotly tipped new studio album finds Eric opening up like never before, sharing his struggles with substance abuse, his hopes about a new era of sobriety and unbridled creativity, and his personal reflections on racism. Five years sober, creatively rejuvenated, and sagely insightful, the songs on Crown are delivered with clarity and feature Eric's personal experiences and hope for positive change. This is Eric at his most boldly vulnerable, uncompromisingly political, and unflinchingly confident.

The first single off the album, the slinky I Want My Crown, opens with a fanfare of elegant lead guitar virtuosity before slipping into a funky groove. Here, with playful bravado, Eric sings about finally getting his due while also admitting his self-sabotaging past. Clean and focused with guitar in hand, he eyes the crown and goes for it, battling powerhouse blues warrior Joe Bonamassa in a Rocky-like epic fight. Triumphant horns spur on the excitement as the pair unleash barrages of jaw-dropping blues-shred with each player’s passages feeling like the final fury of a July 4th fireworks explosion.

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. Since 1991, the Memphis-born guitarist has blazed a path reinvigorating the blues with a virtuosity and rock swagger that have him being heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix. He was a child prodigy with bottomless talent and fierce determination, and at just 16 years-old released his debut, ‘The Eric Gales Band,’ on Elektra Records.

He’s earned high praise by guitarists’ guitarist and household name axe men such as Joe Bonamassa, Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, and Mark Tremonti. In addition, he has held his own with some of the greatest guitarists in the world, including Carlos Santana at Woodstock 1994, Zakk Wylde, Eric Johnson, and a posse of others as a featured guest touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour.

Gales’ 2019 album The Bookends was written over a nine-month period, the album was recorded at Recorded at Studio Delux, Van Nuys, California, The Doghouse, Woodland Hills, California, Blakeslee Recording, North Hollywood. Three-time Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award winning vocalist B. Slade appears on two songs, Something’s Gotta Give and bonus track Pedal to the Metal

His 2017 album, Middle of the Road, reached #1 on the iTunes Blues chart and #4 on the Billboard Blues chart. It made Classic Rock Magazine and Total Guitar albums of the year with the latter saying it was “the album that should define his career.” Classic Rock said, “the notes drip from Gales’ fretboard like warm honey”, The Guitar Magazine exclaimed it’s the “the injection of danger and unpredictability that the blues-rock scene desperately needs”, Blues Matters professed “truly the man is blessed”, whilst Powerplay said “the more you listen to it the more the brilliance of Eric Gales becomes apparent.”

Gales’ story is an incredible one, he was a child prodigy and 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. He has released 16 studio albums in total ahead of Crown and a host of other collaborations. He has battled drink and drug issues and spent time in jail in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon. Gales proudly tells his story every night before every show, now over two years sober he is creating some of the most breath-taking music he has ever made. Talking about his approach to song writing in this time he reflects. “I guess the songs would answer the question more or less, I definitely don’t have anything clouding my view and it’s definitely a much purer place where its coming from.”

MARCH/APRIL 2022 UK TOUR

WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST DANNY BRYANT

TICKETS VIA THEGIGCARTEL.COM

 

Brighton, Concorde 2

Wednesday 23rd March 2022

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286A Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1EN
www.concorde2.co.uk

Dover, The Booking Hall

Thursday 24th March 2022

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Dover CT17 9FE
www.thebookinghall.com

London, O2 Academy Islington

Friday 25th March 2022

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16 Parkfield St, The Angel, London N1 0PS
https://academymusicgroup.com/o2academyislington

Southampton, 1865

Saturday 26th March 2022

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Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14 3AR
www.the1865.com

Bristol, Fleece

Sunday 27th March 2022

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12 St Thomas St, Bristol BS1 6JJ
https://thefleece.co.uk

Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

Tuesday 29th March 2022

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Masonic Pl, Goldsmith St, Nottingham NG1 5LB
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Bilston, The Robin

Wednesday 30th March 2022

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20 - 28 Mount Pleasant, Wolverhampton, Bilston WV14 7LJ
www.therobin2.com

Manchester, Academy

Thursday 31st March 2022

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Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR
www.manchesteracademy.net

Glasgow, Oran Mor

Friday 1st April 2022

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Top of, Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX
https://oran-mor.co.uk

Whitley Bay, Playhouse

Saturday 2nd April 2022

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Marine Ave, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ
www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk

Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

Sunday 3rd April 2022

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33 Queen's Rd, Leeds LS6 1NY
www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk



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