Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm – a rising force from the south in soulful rock blues.
Fronted by an unusual pairing of mother/daughter, this musical powerhouse brings you original tracks with sounds firmly rooted in blues history.
The unique vocal pairing of Lee Ainley and Tori Mai Hobb-Ainley showcases tight harmonies wrought from close family bonds and a solid musical pedigree. These unstoppable ladies create the feel of the music with their song writing artistry. On lead guitar is the raw and edgy Elliot Young, who also drops his song writing prowess into the mix. The engine of the rhythm section growls along with the skilful David Atkin on drums. Locking in with David is patriarch Nate Ainley on bass, making this a family affair. The sum of two vibrant young talents and three mellow experienced veterans make this band able to look to the future as well as back in time.
Blues Storm are a touring band and will go where serious rock blues is needed. Their recent successful UK tour under the Ladies of the Blues banner took them to revered venues such as The Tunnels in Bristol, The Komedia in Brighton and the Water Rats in London.
The band have paid their dues and are now supporting both national as well as international acts including Marcus Malone, The Brew, Eliana Cargnelutti, Eyra Lyytinen and Troy Redfern.
Not only have they played the famous 100 Club, The Electric Palace in Bridport, The Limelight Theatre Aylesbury, Blues Storm are becoming known on the festival scene and performed at the Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness in January this year.
In November, they will once again be touring the UK with Eliana Cargnelutti. This journey will take them back to the 100 Club again and to also the Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Bude. Blues Storm will also be appearing at festivals at Bury St. Edmunds and Colne Lancashire.
Their eagerly-awaited new album will be released in time for their November tour. This album will join their growing catalogue of recorded material. Their first two EPs, Shoot Me Down and Bankruptcy, have been well-received by the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasting Association) with theirdebut EP “Shoot Me Down” having made the IBBA most played artists top 40 for February 2018.
The media response has been phenomenal, with tracks being played regularly on international radio stations and platforms, such as Kansas City Online Radio KCOR, Blues Corner KBC Radio and NCB Blues Brunch to name but a few.
If you would like catch this band on their streak up into the stratosphere, they playing the 100 Club in their first ever acoustic set supporting Dani Wilde on the 28th May, or for the full electric force of the entire band you can catch them at the BBC Radio Suffolk Stow Blues Festival on the 8th June.
Singer Lee's musical pedigree is second to none. From a famous musical family, classically trained and years of gigging every type of music, Lee is finally singing the style she loves, stormy, blues infused rock. Lee's songwriting highlights her powerful vocals, taking inspiration from Janis Joplin to Jay Buchanan (Rival Sons), Aretha Franklin to Phil Campbell (Temperance Movement), blending the music’s heritage with contemporary influences.
Joining the band originally as backing vocalist and rhythm guitar, it didn’t take long for Tori’s talent to shine through. Now sharing lead vocals with Lee, writing some blistering songs, and injecting an energy into the band’s live performance, Tori has made herself an essential element of the band.
Joining the band in 2017 at the tender age of 18 years, Elliot is mature beyond his years. His mercurial playing can skip from one style to another, showing a healthy respect to what has gone before, but not enslaved to the past, allowing for some very original songwriting ideas. His riffs have provided the perfect foil for Lee’s lyrical ideas, and adds extra layers to Tori’s work.