Walter Trout & Eric Gales

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After five decades in the modern blues rock scene, Walter Trout is a talismanic figure and part of the glue that bonds the blues community together, at a time when the wider world has never been so divided. Before you even hear a note, Trout’s We’re All In This Together has your attention. Drafting fourteen A-list stars – including Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall and Randy Bachman – and writing an original song for each, Trout made the most tantalizing album of the year, and found solace after a run of solo albums that chronicled his near-fatal liver disease of 2014. “Now was the right time for this record,” he says. “Battle Scars [2016] was such an intense piece of work, written with tears coming down my face. I needed a break from that, to do something fun and light-hearted. This album was joyous for me.”

 They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. If that’s the case, then We’re All In This Together is further proof of Walter Trout’s position at the hub of the blues scene. This is the sound of an artist not just getting by with a little help from his friends, but positively thriving, on an album that is sure to light another rocket under his blooming late career. “I’m 66 years old,” considers Trout, “but I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now. I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy. I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career. I want life to be exciting and celebratory. I want to dig in.”

 Eric Gales grew up in a musical family and released his first record at the young age of 16 for Elektra Records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll named Gales as “Best New Talent” in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three of Gales’ musically inclined brothers teamed up for The Gales Bros. “Left Hand Brand” which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996. Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see artists like Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Gales took his God­ given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy.

 The new millennium presented new opportunities for Gales and he was signed to a deal with Nightbird Records which was affiliated with the Hendrix family and distributed through MCA/Universal. Under this deal, Gales recorded the critically acclaimed record “That’s What I Am” in 2001 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. In 2006, Gales recorded the CD “Crystal Vision” for Shrapnel Records and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau Division follow­ up, “The Psychedelic Underground”. In 2010, Gales released the critically successful album “Relentless” following it up with the equally powerful album “Transformation”. In 2014, a spiritually renewed Eric Gales released “Good For Sumthin’”. This set is vintage blues­ funk-­rock and features guest spots from Eric Johnson and Zakk Wylde. As both an African­ American left­-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare Gales to Hendrix, but Gales has developed a unique blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Frank Gambale. A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders above other guitarists in his genre.

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