Eric Gales will release new album Middle Of The Road next month. But according to his biggest fans the record’s title couldn’t be further from the truth where the virtuoso guitarist is concerned.
Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa, Dave Navarro and Mark Tremonti are just a few of the world class axe slingers pledging their vocal support to the Memphis-born six-stringer.
And Gales is promising something special in a bid to meet the lofty expectations of his big-name buddies.
“When I say the world will hear about it, you’ll see what I mean when you hear the record,” he said. “This album is going to take me everywhere that I’ve never been and everywhere I’ve ever wanted to go.
“It’s about being fully focused and centred 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. Being in the middle of the road is the best place to be.”
Middle of the Road is Eric Gales’ fourth album for the Provogue/Mascot label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Warren Haynes, The Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) after Transformation (2011), Relentless (2010) and The Psychedelic Underground (2007).
Gales was a child prodigy and 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.
He has released 14 studio albums ahead of Middle of the Road and a host of other collaborations – one of which led him to work with producer Fabrizio Grossi (Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, Billy F. Gibbons, Ice T, Leslie West, Slash, Walter Trout, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Paul Stanley, Supersonic Blues Machine).
Grossi said: “I’ve been a fan of Eric since I first worked with him 15 years ago on a project with George Clinton and the P.Funk. His tone and his playing was wicked.
“Personally and musically Eric grew into a ‘monster’ – a really good one and he’s set on a path of huge success with a ‘taking no prisoners’ type of attitude! I know very few musicians with such a musicality and Eric is right there ahead of the bunch.
“I hope fans will dig the new album. There’s lots of love, tears, sweat and truth in this record which is what classics are made of. As far what I think about him Eric is simply Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix’s love child – that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”
Middle Of The Road is released on February 24 – expect a full HRH Mag review soon.