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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review of Chris Gales

Two weeks ago Chris Gales, a musician mom and I saw while we were visiting Memphis, sent me an e-mail to inform me he released a CD. Mom and I saw Chris while he was performing at Flynn's on Beale Street, which is where his CD was recorded. I ordered Chris Gales Live at Flynn's for $17 and couldn't wait to have an album reminiscent of my Memphis trip. To say I was excited is an understatement.

When I loaded Chris's live CD into my walkman, I was instantly transported back to when mom and I saw him at Flynn's. I remember drinking my Jack and Coke, while carefully eating my catfish and collards; mom imbibing her beer and eating her brisket. As we were waiting for our food, we were mesmerized by Chris's charisma and performance. He's a great singer and a really nice guy.

The CD opens up with his introduction to the crowd dining at Flynn's, then it quickly goes to "Walking In Memphis." "Walking in Memphis" is his cover of Marc Cohen's 1991 hit, and I honestly like Chris's version a bit better (like I said, I like Chris's voice). Eight other songs are covers as well, which Chris's renditions are superb, giving the songs new life: "Stand By Me" (Ben E. King, 1961) and "Dock of the Bay" (Otis Redding, 1968), "Good Day" (Storyville), Shaky Ground (Temptations), Crossroad Blues (Robert Johnson), and three others. Chris penned "A Beautiful Thing" and in his performance, Chris's talented lyrics shows a unique side of him. He is definitely a great writer and musician. The way he conducts his performances and his very outgoing nature, I can see why Flynn's always wants him performing. His charisma and showmanship definitely draws a crowd and a following.

I would recommend buying Chris Gales Live at Flynn's. I know it brought back the good memories of Memphis for me; but even if you've never been to Memphis, you would appreciate the sound of Memphis coming out of your speakers. It might just lead you towards your own trip to Memphis to see all the talent that comes from the Delta. You can purchase the CD here.