Known as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Gales has guitar mastery in his veins as his grandfather was known to jam with pioneers of the day, meanwhile his brothers taught him how to play at the ripe old age of four. What is instantly notable about gales is his odd left-handed play style which gives him the ability to fret with his dominant hand. This and his unquestionable talent for the instrument result in a musician who is absolutely mind boggling at the helm of an axe. Fond of laying down steady blues lines as well as trailing off into face melting solos, gales is everything you could want in a single blues guitar package. With an extensive back catalogue of albums, fans can really dig their teeth into this exceptional player who is known for livening up local jam session on his youtube videos.
Though he has been part of rock group Poison and is also one of the many renowned rockers in the supergroup The Winery Dogs, guitar master Richie Kotzen is known for his fast fingers on the fretboard. Not only capable of blowing you away with a solo but also well established as a songwriter and composer all on his own. His love of hard rock still floods into his playing even today and yet there is an undeniable feel of blues in there too. If you aren’t sure just listen to the opening riff of Venom and you won’t have any doubts after your head starts nodding.
Born in Massachusetts but now based in the bay area this innovative musician who’s heritage is a mix of Somalian and Caribbean origin is now known for his ability to mix musical styles into the modern style he is now marching forward. With elements of hip hop, funk, blues and rock the result is a rhythmic and heartfelt string of songs that have a broad appeal. With his blues-rock track Plastic Hamburgers showing his powerful playing and aggressive side, he also delivers soulful rhythms like his well-loved song An Honest Man which was used as the theme song for Amazon Prime series Hand Of God. By mixing all the elements he adores in unequal measures he has concocted a recipe for unending blues variation that can really lean into the subject matter of his songs, often dealing with life in poverty and inner city woes.
Born in Missouri at the start of the 70s its no surprise that the guitar was the instrument of choice for this young man. Day his hearty vocals and bluesy rhythms keep listeners content as he creates music that sits firmly amongst other blues greats of the past. His ability to wail out his midwestern stories of trouble and tragedy settle you in immedietly if you are a fan of the genre. Meanwhile his guitar capabilities keep him afloat easily as he delivers funky licks with delight, just like in his most recognisable track Big Mouth.