has never been an artist to reheat the music of yesteryear. Influenced
from an early age by the 60’s RnB era, Lister takes these key elements
and mixes them with a more current and melodic lyrical approach.
He is one of very few artists playing blues infused rock with a modern
edge -tangible, heartfelt, soul searching and full of fine songwriting;
played with passion and vitality. His hard hitting rhythms and guitar
work are reminiscent of a young Clapton.
Lister began his career when he signed to Ruf Records in 1998. During
his time on the label he worked with producers such as Jim Gaines (SRV,
Santana) and Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers) and recorded four
studio albums, two live albums and two DVD’s. However, if these earlier
albums were Lister making his mark as a well respected blues rock
artist, it was when he signed to Manhattan Records in June 2008 that he
showed he had more commercial appeal to a bigger audience.
Featuring John Mayer’s guitarist Robbie Macintosh, Equilibrium was
released in March 2009 and received rave reviews everywhere. Aswell as
doing live sessions for Radio 2’s Bob Harris and Paul Jones, Aynsley was
the only British artist to be featured in Classic Rocks review: TOP 10
CONTEMPORARY BLUES ROCK ARTISTS….......alongside The White Stripes,
Black Keys, John Mayer, Jon Spencer,
Kenny Wayne Shepherd,
Derek Trucks and the North Mississippi All-stars. They
also listed Equilibrium in the Top 50 albums released in 2009
His live work has seen him work with a whole host of big names. Earlier
in his career it was blues legends such as Buddy Guy, John Mayall and
Robert Cray, while more recently he played a sell out tour with Lynyrd
Skynyrd when their UK tour visited such venues as Brixton Academy,
Manchester Apollo and Birmingham’s NIA.
In June 2010, The
Tower Sessions was
released. Recorded live at the end of a 45 date European tour this album
captures Lister and his band in best ever form. Headlining Glastonbury’s
Bourbon Street stage and opening for ZZ Top a week later, this was the
perfect platform to release what is a document indeed of Aynsley Lister
in his best ever form.
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