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Scotland's hardest working Blues Rock trio!
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:: ARTIST SUMMARY ::

Genres: Blues / Rock /Americana
Label: Lewis Hamilton Music
Management: UK - Nick Hamilton Management nickhamil@hotmail.com

:: ARTIST BIO ::

The Lewis Hamilton Band have been booked for over 300 shows from Farnham to Orkney and have appeared at some of the UK’s biggest blues festivals, including Hebden, Maryport and Shetland. 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 has 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.


:: PRESS ::

“His work is soulful, evoking images in the mind of the listener that one would expect from a man twice his age ...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.”


“The ‘Jock’s Juke Joint’ collection is released by Lewis Hamilton Music so it’s maybe fitting to start a few recommendations of Scottish Blues with the release ‘Ghost Train’ by Lewis Hamilton himself. 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 (could this be because like Henrik he has his own label to do the experimenting on I wonder?!). Whatever the reason, ‘Ghost Train’ is an always interesting disc that builds significantly on the promise of his previous excellent release ‘Gambling Machine’ (Reviewed earlier on 3SongsBonn)”

“Ghost Train has become a highly varied and handsome CD. In the period prior to this CD Lewis lost some important people in his life and he drew much inspiration for writing new songs for the CD. He started as a young man to think more about the meaning of things and his lyrics were deeper and more melancholic music and bluesier. His guitar playing is not explosive and hard but more subtle and sensitive and is at the service of the song. His soft quiet voice fits perfectly. His voice is a bit between Sting and John Mayer ... There are beautiful funky blues songs with a blissful groove (Cheap Cigars), tasty boogie (Whiskey Boogie), solid work with nice slide (Ghost Train), rockier work (Down To The River), as well as shimmering acoustic songs like Sunrise and instrumental valve on dobro Journey Home. All in all very varied and very well played! ... A very surprising and varied CD which I value very highly. With this Lewis has delivered a professional CD that deserves much attention.”



 “'Lonesome And Blue', the title track and 'Down To The River' are some of my favourites. Very strong is also the casual "Cheap Cigars", which transported the lifestyle (for me) south of the Mason Dixon Line beautifully ...The relaxed "Trust In Me" on the other visits the 'funky' fleshpots of jazz rock.With "By The Oak Tree" Lewis then swings to Chicago. It's a long time since I've heard such a sultry blues ballad ... You can't "Ghost Train" of not having variety! ... Lewis Hamilton seems to be a flawless offspring of the North American roots of the blues.”

- Steve Brown, Rocktimes.DE (Sep 09, 2013)


“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 ‘Phtitude’. The tour de force is ‘Crying Shame’, six and a half minutes of classic blues guitar playing. While this album is more derivation than innovation, it provides a rock solid example of British Blues at its best."

- Noggin, Blues Matters Magazine (Sep 16, 2011)