With his hard hitting rhythms and guitar work reminiscent of a young Clapton, Lister is one of very few artists playing blues-infused rock with a modern edge - heartfelt, soul searching and full of fine song-writing played with both passion and vitality. Influenced by the 1960's blues boom era, he takes these elements and mixes them with a more current, melodic and lyrical approach, producing songs with a contemporary feel and sound.
Born in 1976, Lister grew up in a house that always had music playing. He began his professional career when he signed to Ruf Records in 1998, during which time he released four studio albums, two live albums and two DVD's, working with producers such as Jim Gaines (SRV, Santana) and Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers). In June 2008 however, Lister left Ruf and signed to Manhaton Records, releasing his first of two albums on the label proving he has a more commercial appeal to a much larger audience. 'Equilibrium' was released in March 2009 featuring John Mayer's guitarist â€“ Robbie Macintosh. It received rave reviews worldwide, as well as being listed in Classic Rock's Top 50 Albums of 2009. 'Tower Sessions' followed shortly after, released in June 2010 and recorded live at the end of a 45 date European tour. The album exposes Lister and his band in their best ever form, capturing the 'end-of-tour' tightness and interaction where the music is cooking and the whole band are perfectly tuned into each other. Tower Sessions was voted 'Best Live Album' in the 2011 Blues Matters Writers Poll.To date, Lister has sold more than 76,000 albums worldwide and his live work has seen him work with a whole host of big names. Earlier in his career it was blues legends such as Buddy Guy, John Mayall and Robert Cray, while more recently he played a sell out tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd when their UK tour visited such venues as London's Brixton Academy, Manchester Apollo and Birmingham's NIA. In 2010 he headlined Glastonbury's Bourbon Street stage with his band and is set for a further appearance in 2013. Looking ahead, Lister will be in the studio later this summer recording what will be his biggest and best studio album yet! Watch this spaceâ€¦.