News - November 19th 2015
Iain Ashley Hersey
Today we got the very sad news that guitarist Iain Ashley Hersey passed away.
Iain joined the roster of Avenue Of Allies artists in 2011 following a recommendation of Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz, who sang on Iain’s last studio album ‘Nomad’ (2008). We talked about several options for a release and eventually we agreed to put together a compilation of the best songs from Iain’s three studio albums ‘Fallen Angel’, ‘The Holy Grail’ and ‘Nomad’ and also add a few rare cuts.
Iain was very easy to work with, he wanted his music to be presented to an audience that was interested in Blues influenced Hard Rock and Classic Rock and he trusted my judgement to compile an interesting selection to attract some more fans to his craftsmanship. Once the running order was finalized I brought in Alessandro Del Vecchio for the remastering of the songs and on December 9th 2011 we released ‘Iain Ashley Hersey - Vintage Love-The Best’, a record full of great bluesy Classic Hard Rock tunes. Besides Carsten the album includes lead vocal performances by Graham Bonnet, Paul Shortino and Doogie White among others.
We thank Iain for his music and for his contribution to the Avenue catalogue and we will honor his memory.
Gregor Klee, November 2015