Over 20 years since its original release on CD, Aynsley Lister’s fantastic Everything I Need finally sees a vinyl release.
Aynsley Lister is one of very few artists playing rocking blues 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. Amazingly, this is Lister's fourth release (his second on Ruf) but the first vinyl version of the album.
He's the powerful voice of blues-laced rock. British-born and bred, Lister's influences come as much from contemporary British rock such as Kula Shaker and Stereophonics as from classic rockers like ZZ Top, Bryan Adams, Free, and the Rolling Stones. Aynsley has never been an artist to reheat the music of yesteryear. Influenced from an early age by the '60s R&B era, Lister takes these key elements and mixes them with a more current and melodic lyrical approach.
In a world full of manufactured over-hyped pop music, Aynsley Lister is proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Witnessing him live on stage, what you see is what you get. Powerful, infectious songs performed with the kind of conviction of someone twice his age. Since signing to Ruf Records, Lister has recorded four solo studio albums, and two live albums - one solo acoustic and one along with a live DVD for Germany’s ROCKPALAST TV show. He has sold over 75,000 records and now headlines many of the major festivals throughout Europe where he has played alongside blues legends such as Buddy Guy, John Mayall, and Robert Cray as well as big name pop artists. His recorded work has seen him working with producers Jim Gaines (Santana, SRV) and Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia).
Aynsley picked up the guitar at eight and played his first gig at 13. One year later, on a family trip to San Francisco, he was jamming at Lou's Bar on Pier 49. Brought up on his father's record collection, he learned to play by ear and would sit for hours in his bedroom playing along to old 45s of Freddie King, John Mayall, and Eric Clapton. He spent the next few years honing his craft and would play with anyone, anywhere. By the time he was 18, he had worked his way through various bands and decided to form his own. The band recorded two albums, but it was the second of these two that started things happening and attracted the attention of Ruf Records' head honcho Thomas Ruf. In the summer of 1998, they signed a deal. Armed with an album worth of original songs and a handful of cover's, Aynsley went into the studio and got to work of his first major album. It would prove to be the start of a long and fruitful career.