Hersey has performed with numerous name artists over the years as well
as having played on a number of video sound tracks. He has released a
solo CD Fallen Angel (Frontiers), which has been released, in both
Japan and Europe and is now finishing the follow up The Holy Grail set
for release on Lion Music on November 11th 2005.
Growing up in New England, he cut his teeth on the heavier
British Rock Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Bad Company and
guitar players like Beck, Blackmore and Hendrix. Later seeking to
expand his musical vocabulary he studied at Berklee College of Music in
Boston where he expanded his musical realm into that of Jazz
improvisation. Eventually though, he returned to the fold of Rock and
Blues. "There was something about the pull of one's roots and missing
the power that comes from simplicity.
Certainly influenced by the voices from the past he always has strived
to grow musically and develop his own style and has now certainly
carved out his own unique voice and signature. To define his style
would be conjure up an interesting recipe, and in his own words: "It's
kind of a heavy Bluesy Classic Rock with a hint of Fusion overtones."
But the comment that he most often hears and of which he most strongly
identifies is: "People are alwayes coming up and saying how much I
sound like me."
connoisseur of the Fender Stratocaster Iain's playing contains some of
the purist, sweetest and 'narlyist' tones from the instrument you will
have the opportunity to experience. Shunning all the hi-tech gadgets in
favour of a 'less-is-more,' straight-ahead attitude he says, "Nothing
beats a vintage 'Strat' powered by an old Marshall!"
Iain's new album The Holy Grail is full of the kind of
expressive hard rock that only a handful of artists are able to produce
these days. Utilising 4 powerful vocalists in Graham Bonnett (Rainbow/
MSG / Alcatrazz) David ‘Swan” Montgomery (Led ZepAgain), Randy Williams
and Carsten “Lizard” Schulz; Iain has managed to bring variety yet
consistency in the quality stakes to this album. Fans of expressive
guitar work will hear a true original in Iain Ashley Hersey with super
warm Strat tones being his stock in trade.
The 12 tracks on The Holy Grail travel through a variety of
classic hard rock moods. On the album Iain notes, “My aim was to keep
it simple, heavy, bluesy and melodic, as well as with having a strong
groove and pocket. I also wanted to have a nice canvas allowing me to
be able to let things rip”. Just one spin of the album will reveal that
Hersey succeeded in his aim. The albums vintage overtones are further
enhanced by the production and mix of Pat Regan (Deep Purple, Rainbow,
Blackmores/Night, Mr Big,).
R.I.P. IAIN ASHLEY HERSEY Aug 14, 1955-Nov 18, 2015
We are very sad to learn that Ian has left us on November 18, 2015 after a brave stuggle against cancer.
You are deeply missed, but your music lives on!