The award-winning blues-rock guitarist AYNSLEY LISTER has announced that his eighth studio album “Eyes Wide Open” will be released on Friday 7th October 2016 via Straight Talkin’ Records.
“Eyes Wide Open” sees the musician with following his own musical path with confidence. The recording is surefooted, imaginative and richly-textured.
Aynsley’s last studio album, 2013’s “Home” collected the Brit blues-guitar wonder praise and awards.
“Eyes Wide Open” is another bold and über-accessible helping of twenty-first-century blues-rock. It promises to collect more accolades, as well as introduce Aynsley’s expressive style-fusions to a new audience.
The new album will coincide with Aynsley’s UK and European tour which kicks off on September 22nd in Chislehurst. See below for more tour date details.
The 39-year-old British guitarist said that this energetic new album is a return to roots; a record that has all the determination of traditional blues:
“I wanted to keep the raw edginess and energy of a band…”
“So that meant minimal takes and going with the ones that had the most spirit and passion over those with technical perfection. To me, music isn’t supposed to be perfect. It’s supposed to grab you and move you both emotionally and physically; it’s supposed to connect with you.”
Aynsley has just premiered the video for the track “All Of Your Love” taken from the new album.
We had a listen:
This has a relentless beat and daubs of organ.
The guitar is angulated and gilded.
The vocal is creaseless as-ever — soul-filled and intelligently slick… It maximizes the grip on the lyrics.
About half-way through, the croaky guitar snorts and blasts as it interacts with the rhythms.
Then the sounds burst forth in a delirious outpouring of sheer exuberance.
Words: Neil Mach 2016 ©
Album artwork by Anthony Greentree @antsgreentree
Pre-Order the album here: http://www.aynsleylister.co.uk/index.php/music/eyes-wide-open
Sep 22 Beaverwood Club Chislehurst, United Kingdom
Sep 23 Boom Boom Club Sutton, United Kingdom
Sep 24 Cornucopia Festival Norton, United Kingdom
Sep 28 The Stables Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Sep 29 Telford’s Warehouse Chester, United Kingdom
Sep 30 Burnley Mechanics Burnley, United Kingdom
Oct 01 Rhythm & Blues Club Guisborough, United Kingdom
Oct 05 Altes Kino Rankweil Rankweil, Austria
Oct 08 Linthkraft Lounge Glarus Süd, Switzerland
Dec 02 The Citadel St Helens, United Kingdom
Dec 03 The Flowerpot Derby, United Kingdom
Dec 10 Waterfront Studio Norwich, United Kingdom
Dec 11 The Musician Leicester, United Kingdom
Dec 16 The Greystones Sheffield, United Kingdom
Dec 17 Manchester Academy 3 Manchester, United Kingdom
Jan 19 Robin 2 Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Feb 04 Eastwell Village Hall Melton, United Kingdom