Iain Ashley 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."
A 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,).