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He's proud of where he comes from, and so are we.

To be a good blues man you need to know heartbreak, loss and bad women. You need to know suffering; the bottom of the pit. But against all of this you also need to know overcoming adversity: all these things have happened to you yet you're still here strummin' that ol' gi'tar.

Aynsley Lister knows all this and more. Still barely into his thirties, Lister is already a performing veteran; he had over five years experience of playing live before he was even legally old enough to drink. 'Home' is his tenth album and will deservedly see him mentioned in the same breath as his modern day heroes. A fine blues rock album that gathers up his decades of influences but carries then in a new direction. Hero worshipping in equal measures the likes of Eric Clapton and Brownie McGhee, his guitar work is fiercely loyal to the blues standard, yet buzzing with new life.

The lusty 'Insatiable' bops along with a fiery loin, while bar room blues jam 'Sugar' positively bounces with new rock energy. Lister's evocative lyrics add excellent layers to move a good song into a great one: 'Free' is about losing a friend (the subject of the album's dedication) and 'Inside Out' deals with the loneliness of fame overcome by love. A charged up cover of blues staple 'Feeling Good' gives a wave to Lister's musical education.

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Up there with only a handful of current blues artists of the likes of fellow Brit Joanne Shaw Taylor and the new messiah Joe Bonamassa, Lister only improves with age. At times he sounds like a young Paul Rodgers in his Free days; his voice is clearly still 'fresh' but his beautifully written lyrics and expert delivery add years on to him. Of course, for a blues musician this is perfect.

The title of the album also shows that while Aynsley Lister devotes his life to a genre created elsewhere, these Isles are what he calls 'Home'. He's proud of where he comes from, and so are we.

Dan Bond

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