Open-Air Blues – Aynsley Lister Band, Rebecca Downes and Keith Thompson
SUNDAY 29TH JULY 2018
Aynsley Lister Band
In hindsight, it’s clear Aynsley Lister was born to be a musician. As a child he was hypnotised by his dad’s old guitar and at the age of eight was finally gifted his very own. Blazing a trail in a bar band from the age of 13 honed his skills, and in 1998 Thomas Ruf signed Aynsley to his label, hooking him up with Steve Ray Vaughan’s producer Jim Gaines to record his self titled debut disc, kicking off a successful relationship with Ruf Records that saw him release 7 albums and 2 DVD’s in ten years. 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 song writing 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 clear; music is hard-wired to this DNA. Aynsley is currently touring his latest album , Eyes Wide Open, which is out now on his own label, Straight Talkin’ Records.
Rebecca was born and grew up in Wolverhampton. She first started performing live music when aged 13 and as a teenager wrote and performed her own material. In 2011 she linked up with Steve Birkett. It was a partnership that ‘clicked’ and their core genre was the Blues, but right from the start they have stretched their music in several different directions. Now after the formation of her current band and the release of three very successful albums, the band has chosen to pursue a more strategic approach through a carefully chosen programme of festival and club gigs interspersed with support slots with the likes of King King, Dr Feelgood and Paul Carrack. Winners of the Best Female Vocalist and Best Emerging Artist at the British Blues Awards 2016, this Birmingham-based band is a ‘must see’ live act. With Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, the 5-piece outfit performs original rock/blues tracks punctuated by a few classic covers.
Local artist Keith Thompson is a fine blues guitarist and when not appearing with his band, tends to gravitate to acoustic music and the work of many singer songwriters. The blues and rock influence is still very evident on stage. Keith uses a loop station to subtle effect on several numbers, recording guitar parts on the fly, to produce a big sound.