"When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary songwriting fuelled with the kind of heart and soul that's missing from so much modern music. Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows, one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With in excess of 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.
In 2008 Aynsley signed to Manhaton Records, where he released the two most successful albums of his career to date. 2009's 'Equilibrium' exposed Lister in his best ever form, throwing all his musical influences into a delicious melting pot that delivered sultry melodies, full throttle hard rock riffage and introspective ballads, storming into Classic Rock s Top 50 Albums of 2009. The subsequent tour saw Aynsley playing to over 16,000 people whilst opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, after which he and his band relocated to the Tower Arts Centre and knocked out a fantastic rendition of their high-octane live set to produce the storming 'Tower Sessions' record, which was consequently voted Best Live Album in the 2011 Blues Matters Writers Poll.
Aynsley's tenth album, Home , is released on on his own label (Straight Talkin Records) as he s sagely decided to take control by bringing everything in-house, following other successful artists who ve cut out the record companies with astonishing results. Needless to say, the Autumn tour in support of the album promises to be something truly special, not just for the fans, but for the main man himself."
Lister stands at the head of the UK s contemporary blues scene because he s not just a terrific axe-man, but also an imaginative composer & vocalist who makes this most traditional of musical forms come alive... His original songs here, like the dynamic 'Broke' and the celebratory 'Free', are superb. --Hi-Fi News, August 2013
Aynsley's guitar work is explosive. Several tracks reminded me of Free, with Paul Rodgers' soul tinged rock vocals & Paul Kossoff's thoughtful blues-rock guitar work.....blues infused rock with some intelligent songwriting - **** --Norman Darwen, R2 Magazine, July/August 2013