British-born and bred, Aynsley Lister's influences come as much from contemporary British rock such as Kula Shaker and Stereophonics as from classic rockers ZZ Top, Bryan Adams, Free and The Rolling Stones.
"My Dad used to go around the clubs in London when he was my age and see bands like Fleetwood Mac and Free. I got a guitar for my eighth birthday. I tried learning from teachers but I couldn't get on with it, so I started teaching myself by listening to records. Clapton was a big influence when I was younger. I was into Stevie Ray Vaughan at one point but I've always tried to be an individual and tried to do my own thing." explains Lister.
Lister played his first semi-pro gig at age 13 and by 1994 when he visited California, sitting in with West Coast musicians and playing support to Coco Montoya's band in San Francisco. He subsequently played in 60s/70s covers bands before starting his own band. Citings Freddie King, Eric Clapton and Rory Gallagher as his main guitar-playing influences, Lister can play slide and acoustic guitar as well as his trademark electric. He's jammed with Walter Trout and Bernard Allison (Luther's son), and supported Buddy Guy.