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.
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“'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.”
“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)