Today, with the release of the title track on his new album with guest artist Joe Bonamassa, blues legend Eric Gales takes his rightful place at the blues / rock table’s place of honor when he announces his new album Crown which will be released on January 28, 2022 on Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group.

It is produced by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith and here we meet a more open Gales than before where he tells about his fight against drug abuse, his hope for a new life in sobriety with boundless creativity and his personal views on racism. He has been sober for five years now and is more creative than ever before, insightful and where the songs on Crown are performed with a clairvoyance that treats Eric’s personal experiences and hopes for a positive change. This is Eric Gales when he is at his most honest, uncompromising politician with unabashedly self-confidence.

The album’s first single, the slick “I Want My Crown”, begins with a fanfare of elegant virtuoso solo guitar before turning into a funky groove. Here, Eric sings, playfully cocky, about finally getting the recognition he should have received a long time ago and at the same time acknowledging his self-destructive past. Sober and focused with the guitar in his arms and the gaze on the royal crown, he takes on a match with blues warrior Joe Bonamassa in a fight that would fit in a Rocky movie. A triumphant blow triggers expectations as they both release series of blues solos that make one drop their chin and each player’s salvo can be likened to a big New Year’s fireworks display.

Eric Gales is a firebrand of the blues. His passion for music spans 30 years and 18 records where his quest to keep it alive and vital has never diminished in strength. Even when he was distracted by his drug addiction. Since 1991, the Memphis-born guitarist has been at the forefront of renewing the blues with his virtuosity and boastful rock that has made many see him as a resurrected Jimi Hendrix. He broke through as a child and with a never-ending talent and cruel determination, he released his debut album The Eric Gales Band on Elektra Records as a 16-year-old. He has been hailed by guitarists and well-known artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro and Mark Trentoni. In addition, it can be mentioned that he did very well against Carlos Santana at Woodstock in 1994, Zakk Wylde, Eric Johnson and a bunch of others as a guest on the tour the Hendrix Experience.

The story behind the Crown can be traced back to the early 90’s when a teenager Eric and Joe were both hailed as the blues’ prodigy and flag bearer. Their lives and careers developed very differently when Eric’s potential was hampered by drug abuse and in 2009 he reached the bottom and served a prison sentence in the Shelby County Correction Center for possession of drugs and a weapon. Eric and Joe were reunited in 2019 when Joe invited Eric to visit him on stage in an extra number on a blues cruise. It was the first time they played together in 25 years and it has since been talked about the most explosive guitar duel ever and seen over 3 million times on YouTube.

“We have always had a kind of brotherhood. When we got in touch again, Joe said to me, “You’re an amazing guitarist, it’s your turn now to sit at the end of the table and wear your crown,” Eric recalls. Shortly after their phenomenal jam, Eric asked if Joe wanted to produce him. “We just yelled when we talked about it and he said, ‘You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for you and now I’m going to do what I can to lift you up to the position you would have long ago.”

Crown contains everything that should give Eric the respect he deserves. The plate is varied but cohesive. With a sense of security and of course artistry, Eric conjures up expanding blues, rock and more. The album contains 13 songs and 3 instrumental vignettes and these little jams are real gems. The songs on Crown were co-written by Eric, Josh and Joe and feature guest appearances from LaDonna Gales and great songwriters such as Tom Hambridge, James House and Keb Mo. The album was recorded at Sound Emporium Nashville and the releases were made at Ocean Way Nashville and Earthtone Studios in Greensboro, NC.

Crown is based on tragedies but lifts triumphantly. The day before Eric traveled to L.A. to work with Joe and Josh, he heard the news of the murder of George Floyd. “When I started talking about this with Joe and Josh during the preparations, a raw and anxious feeling came over me and Joe quickly wrote it all down,” Gales recalls. “The songs have their origins in this swaddle. It’s about my life and what’s going on in the world today. When I was going to put on the song, I had to pause every now and then because I was so taken and started to cry. I share my experiences as a black man and my private ghosts. It’s my way of telling the world what I’ve been through. ”

The journey that led to Crown is exciting and like so much in Eric’s life, it goes through occasions of both success and difficulty. Along the way, Eric shares his story and emotions through the majestic power of the blues. He says, “When I play, the core is always blues and on this record we travel through a blues theme park with all its variations. We visit carousels, radio cars, water cannons, sausage kiosks and everyone comes out with a smile on their face. ”

Eric is touring the United States during the fall and winter, which includes some gigs with the Allman Family Revival along with the Allman Betts Band, Robert Randolph, Donovan Frankenreiter and more. He has also this month released a signature Magneto guitar, the Eric Gales Rawdawg II Custom, with a two-part body in altar, a neck in Canadian hard maple and a fingerboard in Indian rosewood.

Tracklist:

    1. 1. Death of Me
    1. 2, The Storm
    1. 3. Had to Dip
    1. 4. I Want My Crown (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
    1. 5. Stand Up
    1. 6. Survivor
    1. 7. You Don’t Know the Blues
    1. 8. Rattlin’ Change
    1. 9. Too Close To The Fire
    1. 10. Put That Back
    1. 11. Take Me Just As I Am (feat. LaDonna Gales)
    1. 12. Cupcakin’
    1. 13. Let Me Start with This
    1. 14. I Found Her
    1. 15. My Own Best Friend
    1. 16. I Gotta Go