The Lewis Hamilton Band - Blues Band | UK, Scotland(no reviews)
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As a guitarist Lewis pays tribute to some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, taking influence from people like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher. He also incorporates playing styles from more modern blues-rock musicians such as, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and Matt Scofield. As a vocalist he has developed his own unique and powerful style of singing, while taking influence from the likes of Sting, Joe Cocker and Dave Mathews
Lewis has performed on stage with such notable musicians as Aynsley Lister (for whom he filled in vocals at a live show), Ryan McGarvey, Henrik Freischlader, Alan Nimmo and Ben Poole. His debut album Gambling Machine won the Scottish New Music Award for Scottish Jazz/Blues album of the year for 2012. Candlelight & Sympathy from Empty Roads will feature on the soundtrack of a new feature film 'Scar Tissue'. In addition to his nomination in the British Blues Awards as young artist, he has received two preliminary nominations in their song-writing category.
In the last year, Lewis Hamilton ha ... s released the critically acclaimed three volume series of Scottish Blues, Jock’s Juke Joint, featuring Lewis’ own tracks and those of another 50 Scottish blues artists. The series has received a high level of coverage in the international blues scene with airplay from more than seventy radio shows across a dozen countries and prominent reviews in all the leading UK blues/roots publications, plus several others in North America and Europe. The second volume of the series was nominated as best album in the British Blues Awards 2013, while the third volume was selected as the first ever album of the month by the Independent Blues Broadcasters’ Association.
Ghost Train, Lewis Hamilton's 3rd studio album featuring his own material was released at their Main Stage appearance at Maryport Blues festival last year, has also had numerous worldwide radio coverage and has received critical acclaim in the worldwide music press :
" A very surprising and varied CD which I value very highly. With this Lewis has delivered a professional CD that deserves much attention"
Andre Wittebroek (Blus Magazine)
" Ghost Train is a top album ... already in my personal top ten this year.""
Philip Vehaege (Keys and Chords)
" Ghost Train is a very strong and varied album that provides some good promotion ..."
Walter Vanheuckelom (Rootstime.BE)
" Lewis Hamilton seems to be a flawless offspring of the North American roots of the blues."
Steve Brown (Rocktimes.DE)
" While he has shown that he can hold his own with any guitarist on the scene, he is so much more. His work is soulful, evoking images in the mind of the listener that one would expect from a man twice his age."
Bill Wilson (Reflections in Blue)
" There are traces in his style of Henrik Freischlader – always looking for a fresh way of presenting the music and not afraid of taking a new direction ‘Ghost Train’ is an always interesting disc ... "
John Hurd (3songsbonn.com)
" This is heartfelt soulful music, just as honest as the day is long in June, and when music has that much integrity, it just has to be good."
Jon Seymour (Firebrand Magazine)
" The music is solid - the trio rocks, sometimes gets funky … Definitely recommended for fans of the genre."
Nathan Nörgel (Wasser-Prawda Magazine)
Please visit www.lewishamiltonmusic.com for full reviews, more about us and gig diary :)
The Lewis Hamilton Band have been booked for over 350 shows from Farnham to Orkney and have appeared at some of the UK’s biggest blues festivals, including Hebden, Maryport and Shetland.
Montrose Music Festival
Shetland Blues Festival
Hebden Bridge Blues Festival
Maryport Festivals Ltd,
The Town Hall,
Tough Mudder® Ltd (Drumlanrig Event)
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Harley Owners Group (Thunderin the Glens)
Boogaloo Promotions, (Farnham Maltings)
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Ghost Train is well-written, well performed, and done in such a way that it keeps guys like me, the hardcore old-school enthusiast happy while doing the same for those who want their blues a bit more on the contemporary side. Hamilton has shown the world that it is possible not only to walk the tightrope between technical perfection and raw emotional power but to do it in such a way that lovers of each school of thought come away not only satisfied but happy. Lewis Hamilton is an old soul and better than most at what he does. I listened to this piece repeatedly coming away each time with a bit more respect than the time before. My deepest desire is that Lewis and the band, while continuing to grow remain rooted in the blues. Ghost Train is the real deal…songs written drawing on wells of experience. This is a band that has what it takes to make it." Bill Wilson - The guitar work once again is exemplary and the vocals have an understated approach. Nothing is overdone and everything just comes together seamlessly, to make greater the sum of the parts. From the guitar playing, it’s easy to tell that there is considerable talent there, but also the knowhow to wield it to greatest effect. This is heartfelt soulful music, just as honest as the day is long in June, and when music has that much integrity, it just has to be good … One of the most important things about this album though is that it’s from one of the rising stars on the scene, and it’s albums like this that are keeping the scene alive. If the new generation of blues musicians keep churning out music of this quality, the blues scene is going to remain healthy for a very long time, and that is a good thing, a very good thing indeed. (Firebrand Magazine) - 1-3 days postage free£10
"Empty Roads" CD Review - As a fan of blues rock guitar, listening to Empty Roads, the new Lewis Hamilton and the Boogie Brothers CD, is a real pleasure for me. This is the follow-up to their debut release, Gambling Machine, which was a tremendous effort and made me wonder what to expect from these guys next. Well, what they did next was follow the usual road to success in the music business: plenty of hard work and practice with endless gigs and then back to the studio. Their sophomore effort builds on everything they learned from their first album and moves the band along to the next level, as this is a very good album that provides plenty of variety. Empty Roads is ten solid tracks of first-class music that will make most any blues or rock fan happy. Lewis Hamilton and the Boogie Brothers have outdone themselves with this release, and have set the bar for even better things to come. Check it out! (Blues Blast magazine) - Empty Roads is the bands second album since forming in 2010 and looks to replicate the success of their debut release Gambling Machine which was well-recieved by blues fans and music press alike. With a vocal maturity that belies his eighteen years, Lewis impresses with every self-penned track, from the sultry opening of ‘Drinking Game’ to the up-tempo, funky ‘It Won’t Be The Same’. The catchy title track has obvious commercial appeal, its pounding beat contrasting with the moody ‘Canlelight and Sympathy’ and delta-inspired ‘Like a Burning Tree’. Two contrasting instrumentals bring the album to a close, Granny Cool, a manic ‘blues/ ceilidh’ hybrid and the captivating acoustic ‘The Stream’ which meanders softly, like leaping salmon fanned by dancing butterflies. After two year’s hard gigging in their native Scotland, the band is poised to break through to a wider UK audience. This inspired production is the perfect calling card Liz Farmer, Blues in Britain, 15/08/2012 - 1-3 days Post Free£10
Lewis Hamilton has released his debut Album, entirely self-penned and recorded at the Sawmill Cottage Studios an Auchterarder, Perthshire. “Gambling Machine is just shy of 40mins long, with ten tracks of solid Blues and boogie, and Hamilton has put together a fine first release. Lewis Hamilton has a tuneful and authentic Blues voice which belies his years, but it is as a virtuoso guitarist that he excels. The album’s strength is in its variety; the Savoy Brown like boogie of the title track, the slow blues of ‘Living In A Bad Dream’ and the funky beat of another instrumental ‘Phatitude’. The tour de force is ‘Crying Shame’, six and a half minutes of classic blues guitar playing. The track sequencing which closes with ‘There You Are Now’ again featuring Fraser Speirs haunting harmonica was a smart move. While this album is more derivation than innovation, it provides a rock solid example of British Blues at its best. Noggin (Blues matters issue 61) - Employing the extraordinary guitar playing skills of one Lewis Hamilton, the energy of this power trio should make immediate contact with blues rock audiences. Lewis Hamilton and the Boogie Brothers are sort of a family run enterprise, with Lewis’s father Nick on bass, as the family connection grows even stronger with the guitarist’s cousin Steve handling piano and even drums on some occasions. But this is far from being a comfy, free of excitement family gathering. With Lewis at the helm, surrounded by excellent musicianship helping him in steering in the right direction, The Boogie Brothers are an ominous blood bond assembly. Daniel Pavlica (www.rocktologist.com) - 1-3 days postage free£10
This compilation was put together by the boys at Lewis Hamilton Music and aims to showcase just some of the many blues artists around Scotland. There's the fine whisky soaked vocals of Stevey Hay and Paul Muir, the grit and smoulder of Laura May Gibson and Helen Turner. Hear the classic electric guitar playing of Al Brown and Iain Gibney and the blues slide of Lewis Hamilton and Gus Munro. There's the acoustic country picking of Sleepy Eyes Nelson and Lovat "Houndog" Fraser contrasting with the harder edged blues-rock of Gerry Jablonski and Willie Logan. There are wailing harmonicas by Fraser Speirs and Paul Montague, Kirk Lothian's hammond organ and some honky-tonk piano by Richard Young and Craig Arnott, and Kenny Miller's jungle beat. The Yahs boogie, while Ruff Cut shuffle. Hear Frank O'Hagan's respite from academia, Dana Dixon's tender ballad and Gary Martin's love song. Whatever your taste in blues, there is sure to be something for everyone on this CD. "Judging from the array of talent displayed on this disc it is time for blues music promoters to invest in Scottish talent and help to present them to a far wider audience. - This album does not disappoint on any level and no matter what your particular Blues Bag is you will be sure to find something to tickle your fancy" Tim Elliot, Blues N Trouble - 1-3 days Postage free£10
Jock's Juke Joint Vol. 2 is the second in a series, as part of a project run by Lewis Hamilton and Nick Hamilton (of Lewis Hamilton and the Boogie Brothers) and Duncan Beattie that aims to showcase Scotland's extensive blues talent to a wider audience. "Due to the interest, praise and success in Jock’s Juke Joint Vol 1, Nick, Lewis and I realise we’ve set the bar high for this album. Therefore we’ve attempted to provide a broader musical scope, while also compiling a collection that is firmly rooted in the blues. - "Jock’s Juke Joint and Contemporary Blues from Scotland Vol. 2, is more than decent quality blues. Scotland celebrates the blues high days. I can not wait for Vol.3!" Keys & Chords Magazine Belgium - "Compilation albums. Funny things. Various artists usually means that quality varies and you end up skipping lots of the songs that you don't like. To put an album of different styles together that people will listen to and not skip tracks takes some doing but that is what has happened here!" Wasser Prawda Magazine (Germany - 1-3 days Postage free£10
The response to Jock's Juke Joint these last eight months has been overwhelming. Reviews have been universal in their praise, with broadcasts on 70 radio shows in over a dozen countries. Five of the featured artists received songwriter nominations in the British Blues Awards while Jock's Juke Joint branded events have developed as far south as the Maryport Blues Festival. The Independent Blues Broadcasters Association (IBBA) made this their first ever album of the month (for April 2013). As before this album tells of those who've thrived within the Scottish blues scene, those who've recently entered it; those who've established themselves since arrival in Scotland and those who've left to further their names elsewhere. Wherever their journey, as the auld expression goes, they'll always remain Jock Tamson's bairns. And so this concludes the Jock's Juke Joint trilogy. We believe it provides a real indication of the blues talent and song writing emerging from Scotland. While we celebrate the present, the passings of Laurie Hamilton and George Ross Watt are raw in the memory. Like them, we hope some of the unsung talent of the series can be similarly influential. Duncan Beattie (Blues Matters, Classic Rock: The Blues Edition, Early Blues.com) - "Jock's Juke Joint Vol3 "Round three of the critically acclaimed Jock’s juke Joint series of contemporary blues from Scotland and the strength in depth of original great sounding music is still here. There are many highlights for me on this third instalment starting off with the guitar and harmonica swagger of 'Whisky Boogie' from Lewis Hamilton … Slower blues workouts are skilfully on show also by courtesy of GT’s Boos Band … the brilliantly named Harmonica Lewinsky with a catchy harp and guitar driven dose of R ‘n B, … For myself I love the mandolin driven track by Red Pine Timber Company called 'Sweet Saville' which the cherry on the cake here for me, superb song that has some lovely gentle guitar and saxophone interplay. Volume three is up there which the qualities of the previous two editions, fabulous work done by all involved with the production of this series. It shows the amount of talent that is about if you just take time to find it." (fanseyeview.com) - 1-3 days Postage free£10
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