Aynsley Lister

Aynsley Lister

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The ONLY British artist to be featured in Classic Rocks TOP 10 CONTEMPORARY BLUES ARTISTS….......alongside THE WHITE STRIPES, THE BLACK KEYS, JOHN MAYER, JOHN SPENCER, JONNY LANG, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD…..

Biography

“Superb” – THE TIMES

Aynsley 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 Manhaton 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. In addition to 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, The Black Keys, John Mayer, Jon Spencer, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and the North Mississippi Allstars. 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.

Lyrics

Soul

Written By: Aynsley Lister

Take me way up high
To a place I know
I can close my eyes and slowly float away
Where the skies are blue
Where I can let go
Something inside that I cannot explain
This something’s got a hold of my soul
Something’s got a hold and won’t let go
Something’s got a hold of my soul (in me)

It’s a 1000 dreams
It’s got in my bones
It’s a rainbow high I thirst for every day
Makes you shine so bright
But the come down low
Oh it aint that low so don’t matter anyway

This something’s got a hold of my soul
Something’s got a hold and won’t let go
Something’s got a hold of the soul (in me)

I aint unwell
So don’t you worry about me
I don’t need no help
I got all I need to set me free

Something’s got a hold of my soul
Something’s got a hold and won’t let go
Something’s got a hold of my soul
Something’s got a hold and won’t let go
Something’s got a hold of my soul (in me)

What's it all about

Written By: Aynsley Lister

I wake up, put on my clothes
Contemplate the daily load
Draw the curtains, make my bed
Search for a pill for my aching head, once again

Walk the streets with nowhere to go
Is my vocation what I think I know
Ask myself questions, that I can’t resolve
Try to walk the line, don’t wanna fall right off

What’s it all about,
What’s it all about,
What’s it all about, anyway,

Try to fit, to whatever mould
We all need something, to behold
Try for perfect, give it all
Maybe the answer aint perfect at all

What’s it all about,
What’s it all about,
What’s it all about, anyway,

What’s it all about,
What’s it all about,
What’s it all about, anyway,

Discography

2010 HATMAN2025 'Tower Sessions' CD
2009 HATMAN2024 'Equilibrium' CD
2007 RUF1124 'Upside Down' CD
2006 RUF3014 'Blues Caravan' DVD
2006 RUF1112 'Pilgrimage' CD
2004 RUF3005 'LIVE' DVD
2004 RUF1100 'LIVE' CD
2002 RUF1082 'All Or Nothing' CD
2001 RUF1074 'Supakev n Pilchards' CD
2000 RUF1055 'Everything I Need' CD
1999 RUF1031 'Aynsley Lister' CD

Set List

Mostly a mixture from the last few albums but usually concentrating on the current material with the odd cover thrown in for good measure!

Current covers include:
'Purple Rain' (Prince) and 'Hush' (Deep Purple)