Eric Gales on why he is not trying to be the next Jimi Hendrix – and why you shouldn’t be either

Eric Gales
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Eric Gales’ new album Crown is the work of an artist at his apex. The chops are staggering, but it’s the songwriting – which delves deep into his painful experiences of prejudice, demons of self-doubt and addiction – that hits you in the gut. Is there anyone to better him right now? We joined him to find out...

Anyone who has witnessed Eric Gales live will agree that he fully deserves his newfound status as blues-rock royalty. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.