After a memorable show last year, it was no real surprise that hot shot guitar slinger Aynsley Lister should return to play during Lichfield Arts popular blues season.
Support came from a three piece version of local group The Grey Goose Blues Band, who with a guitarist/singer, bass player and harmonica player entertained the large audience with performances of some of their own material, such as Sycamore Tree and the powerfully affecting Mudslide, as well as versions of How Blue can you Get?, T-Bone Shuffle and Make Me a Pallet on your floor.
With a supportive group of bass player and harmony singer Midus Guerrerio, drummer and backing singer Tim Brown and keyboard player Dan Healy, Aynsley Lister played a powerful near two hour set that featured sensitive, melodic guitar playing, soulful vocals, and moments of unbridled power.
They started with the slide guitar led Sugar Low, all fast paced guitar, and rhythmic changes, as well as vocals that showed more range than many singers in the blues/soul genre. The vast majority of songs were from the band’s latest release Equilbirium although a lot of the songs were older, such as Soundman, or Balls of Steel with its AC/DC or Free type guitar riff.
As well as blues, other genres were touched upon, from the Gospel pop of pieces such as the melodically appealing, but socially aware Early Morning Dew, Soul and What’s it all about? which featured well drilled harmony vocals from the rest of the band.
As well as the guitar solos the success of the gig owed as much to the three other musicians in the band, and although Tim Brown and Dan Healy are newish recruits, the band were gelling on stage, and seemed to like the material they were playing, and playing together.
A show stealing version of Prince’s Purple Rain highlighted the falsetto ranges of the group’s singers, and featured technically flawless, but soulful guitar solos.
An encore of Hush segued into Stevie Wonder’s Superstition. This was the first night of their tour, and for fans of high quality blues music, this show should not be missed.