Eric Gales review….February 8, 2018….

ERIC GALES

THE BOOKENDS

PROVOGUE  PRO 75772

INTRO–SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (FEAT. B. SLADE)–WHATCHA GON’ DO–IT JUST BEEZ THAT WAY–HOW DO I GET YOU–SOUTHPAW SERENADE (FEAT. DOYLE BRAMHALL II)–REACHING FOR A CHANGE–SOMEBODY LIED–WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS (FEAT. BETH HART)–RESOLUTION–BONUS TRACK: PERAL TO THE METAL (FEAT. B. SLADE)

One of the great blues guitarists, vocalists, and composers in all of contemporary blues is Eric Gales.  Combining the elements of blues, funk, and R & B, he has just released his latest album, “The Bookends,” for Provogue.

All of Eric’s many-faceted guitar stylings are in play on this set.  An opening acoustic intro gives way to a full-on amplified assault on a song that serves as a call to arms for us all, for, surely, “Something’s Gotta Give,” featuring B. Slade on backing vocals.  Another cut finds our hero, a confirmed bachelor, meeting his match with a lover who “turns me on like a light,” the funkfest that is “Whatcha Gon’ Do,” while he shares sage advice from mom and pops in trying to figure out the ways of the world, when, “sometimes, It Just Beez That Way.”  This one has incredible guitar throughout, as does one of our favorites, which also features labelmate Doyle Bramhall II.  It’s a beautiful eight-minute slow-jam entitled “Southpaw Serenade,” ’cause “I’m badder than the law allow!” Our final favorite featured another Provogue labelmate, this time Beth Hart.  This one is brilliant vocally, instrumentally, and from all other aspects, as Beth and Eric lay down a serious duet of “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

Eric Gales challenged himself to develop more as a musician and as a vocalist, beginning with his last album, “Middle Of The Road.”  Well, fans, he’s done it, and much more, with “The Bookends!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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