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Lister has been at the top of the Blues scene for over two
decades, billed as one of the most exciting contemporary Blues
guitarists around today. Known not only for his exceptional
guitar playing, he is also a highly regarded songwriter whose
passion for music crosses genres, e ffortlessly combining blues,
soul, Americana, rock and sometimes even pop elements.
this tour, Aynsley presents his new studio album “Along For The
Ride”, released on November 11th 2022 via his own label Straight
Talkin’ Records, which he co-founded with his wife Stephanie.
The new release offers 13 songs - stories from everyday life
about relationships, loss, feelings and life itself in all its
facets, embedded in catchy melodies, rocking r ffs, virtuoso
guitar solos and an energetic mixture of modern elements and
Aynsley Lister will be leading his
band through a sensational set, performing songs from the highly
acclaimed new release, along with fan favourites from the past.
back in the halcyon days of rock, there came a trio of
'superheroes' known as the Groundhogs, riding the blues boom
into unchartered territory, they gained a reputation as one of
the most dynamic live acts around, and are influential and
inspirational to this day. The classic line-up of Tony McPhee,
Ken Pustelnik and Pete Cruickshank toured the world for 6 years
straight, including seminal shows with the Rolling Stones, John
Lee Hooker, John Mayall and Canned Heat, and at the legendary
1970 Isle of Wight festival along with Jimi Hendrix. In this
time they produced 4 renowned albums: 'Blues Obituary', 'Thank
Christ for the Bomb', 'Split' and 'Who Will Save the World'...
Now Ken Pustelnik brings you a new and exciting line-up -
Groundhogs, playing that classic material with verve and power,
and giving performances of energy and excitement that are as
fresh and relevant to the modern audience as the originals were
back in the day...
Ken Pustelnik (drums)
Original member of
the classic line-up, officially joined in 1967, leaving at the
height of their success in 1972 and features on all of the first
5 Groundhogs albums.
Chris D'Avoine (Vocals/Lead Guitar)
Incendiary guitarist of Mean Blue Monsters, Snatch it Back
(w/ Ken Pustelnik) and formerly with numerous outfits such as
Latch Manghat (Bass)
Heavy and hard-driving
bassist of cult British stoner-metal band Gonga,
Guitarist/Vocalist of the Rollbars, and producer of numerous
artists such as the Heads.
Sol Latif (Lead Guitar)
Long-standing member of the Rollbars, formerly lead
guitarist of Lastwind (w/ Ken and Latch), his ability to
traverse the intricate and unorthodox sections are unmatched.
in 2014, These Wicked Rivers are Derby’s entry to the new wave
of rock and roll that is sweeping across the United Kingdom.
Drawing influences from the likes of Black Stone Cherry and
Clutch, the quartet have made quite an impact since their
inception with their brand of blues-infused modern rock steadily
picking up plaudits for their gutsy live performances across the
UK. Highlights to date include the release of two EPs ’The
Enemy’ and ‘II’ as well as a double A-side ‘Shoulda Known
Better’ which received stellar reviews as well as airplay on the
likes Planet Rock Radio and Hard Rock Hell Radio, and also
landed the band the coveted Planet Rock ‘Ones To Watch’
accolade. The lads are a regular fixture on the UK live circuit,
having toured with Tax The Heat, as well playing stand-out
performances at Planet Rock Stock, YNot Festival, 2Q Festival,
Breaking Bands Festival and Giants of Rock Festival to name but
a few. 2019 has been a busy year for the band, working
tirelessly in the studio on their debut album whilst maintaining
a strong presence on the live scene. Still to come this year are
appearances at the prestigious Torquay Rock n Blues Festival in
October as well as their debut appearance at rock ‘n’ roll mecca
Hard Rock Hell in November. With their debut album due for
release early 2020 and shows already booking to support this,
These Wicked Rivers are sure to be rolling into a town near you
very soon - jump on in and enjoy!
HIDING MAGPIES are an emerging alternative Rock Band from
Lancashire. Their first album covers all aspects of love, loss,
and redemption with a nod to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Their latest album ‘Searching For Gold’ establishes them as a
great melodic band in their own right. This exciting line-up is
now a six piece with glorious three-part harmonies and
impressive musicianship. Jake Dixon the bandleader, songwriter,
singer and guitarist is amply supported by the pooled band
experiences of tours with Chuck Berry, Nico, Louisiana Red,
Atomic Rooster, and Denny Lane. Their latest single ‘Home’,
recorded at Hope Mill Studio in Manchester, will be released in
February 2023 and marks a new era in the bands’ development.
Wherever they play, be it a pub, club or festival, they are
always rewarded with standing ovations and a following of loyal
fans. This year they will be appearing at The Northern Kin
Festival, The Blues Rhythm and Rock Festivals in Glasgow, Whitby
and Looe, The Beatherder Festival and countless other gigs
around the UK.
Hip were formed by long - time friends during a lockdown Zoom
call in 2020. "I don't know who suggested it first" explains
vocalist Paul, "but right away it seemed like a great idea.
Maybe it was the mid-life crisis at play!" The band are all over
50, with the exception of keyboard player and spring chicken,
Stephen, clocking in at a youthful 41. By the time they finally
got together in early 2021, the blueprint was clear. "We wanted
to take our love of blues and rock, then mix it up with our
experiences in life" adds Paul. "Between us, we've been through
so many things in life, big ups and huge downs, some successes
and a whole load of failures, we wanted all of that in the
music. Lastly, we needed to wrap it all up in the DNA of our
hometown, Glasgow, and hopefully that's what we've achieved".
With 2 EP's already released, the ethos is clear: real
musicians, real instruments, no click tracks, culminating in a
unique blues rock sound that tells real life stories. With a
debut album on the way in April 2023, Bison Hip have hit the
ground running. "We've arrived at the party fashionably late, so
we're making up for it now!"
Atlas is a British guitarist, singer and songwriter. His early
career saw him touring the UK and USA with Soul and Blues
outfits before pursuing his own musical endeavours.
new line up saw a difference in direction with players from “The
Brand New Heavy’s” and “The Brothers Groove” coming on board.
The first Glimpse into what Atlas had in store came from a
series of successful Youtube videos released in 2018 under the
title “Garage Funk”, resulting in a sensational response from
fans and industry alike.
Atlas found himself venturing
out of the garage to play some of the most prestigious venues in
the UK such as Ronnie Scott’s, 100 Club, The Borderline,
Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham Symphony hall and a residency
at Jools Holland’s Jam House.
In 2019 Atlas was touring
Europe, Electrifying audiences with his unique style of guitar
playing. Fusing roaring Blues solos over his Funk-laden