Raw Dawg is a Top Talent

Eric Gales (Mathieu Bitton)

FLORENCE – FloBama in downtown Florence will present “An Evening with Eric Gales” on Wednesday, September 25 beginning at 7pm. Special guests for the night will be Abstract Theory and Rob Aldridge/Rob Malone.

Eric Gales was also known as Raw Dawg. He was originally hailed as a child prodigy after picking up the guitar at age four in 1978. His older brothers, Eugene and Manuel (Little Jimmy King), taught him songs and licks when he was young in the style of Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, B.B. King, and others.

In 1985 the young Gales began to play at blues competitions with his brother Eugene backing him on bass. Although Gales plays a right-handed guitar “upside-down” (with the bass E string on the bottom), he is not naturally left-handed. Rather, he was taught by his brother, who is left-handed, and never second-guessed the untraditional technique.

Eric and Eugene Gales signed with Elektra Records. Together with the drummer Hubert Crawford released The Eric Gales Band (1991) as his first album. He also performed on television programs such as The Arsenio Hall Show.

The American blues-rock guitarist has recorded eighteen albums for major record labels thus far.

Gales performed with Carlos Santana at Woodstock ‘94 and later recorded with MCA Records.

He has also contributed on dozens of albums including Led Zeppelin: This Ain’t No Tribute Series – All Blues’d Up! and Eric Clapton: This Ain’t No Tribute Series – All Blues both in 2002, Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix in 2004, and Viva Carlos: Supernatural Marathon Celebration in 2006. In addition, he contributed to work with Memphis rap groups Prophet Posse and Three 6 Mafia under the name Lil E.

Gales is generally recognized as one of top Blues artists in the world. In May of this year during the 40th Annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis, he was named ‘Blues Rock Artist of the Year’ by the Blues Foundation. In his acceptance speech, Gales said he was celebrating three years of sobriety this year. Last week Gales also received a Brass Note on Beale St.

General admission tickets for the September 25 show are $20. Limited VIP tickets are $30. Tickets are available at Nu Way Vinyl in Muscle Shoals and online at Eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6pm and music begins at 7pm.