The Lewis Hamilton Band / Press

“Live at The Meeting Room, Elland, Halifax - Lewis is an extremely accomplished guitarist, this is evident in all the songs he plays but more notably in his chicken picking songs he performs. Notably on the very impressive version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”. A fast paced cover which not only showed the impressive talents of Lewis’s guitar and fast vocals but also of the rhythm section. That song had a REAL pace about it but they remained tight and seemed to be really enjoying it. Lewis played several of his original songs which are now available on his album. The song “Down to the River” was a punchy song which inadvertently made you bob your head, the vocals had a strong seasoned tone and the solo breaks, stop/starts and accents were well rehearsed and accented the songs perfectly. Nick and Ian provide the steel backbone which allows Lewis to go and do his thing. They are tight, talented and the perfect accompaniment for the accomplished front man.”

“Newark Blues Festival Review extract " As if by perfect planning, Scotland’s Lewis Hamilton Band take things up another notch on a set that showcases the classic power trio tenets of power chords, a rumbling bass, a big guitar tone allied with a gruff voice and above all Lewis’s ability to humorously engage with crowd: ‘I’d like the thank the Newark Festival for giving us the context to get pissed the afternoon.’ Their set has an unashamed retro feel with Free, Trower and Hendrix influences. The riff driven rocker ‘Old Faces’ combines their very best elements on a rocker that doesn’t really need an apologetic intro to a blues crowd that laps it up. Lewis is equally good on slide guitar too on a number that may have been ‘Iceberg Blues’, and they boogie and rock the big mid-afternoon crowd to their feet with a blistering set that gains them a lot more new fans.”

“The Tuesday Night Music Club Review" "That moment when at the end of the first set by a band (that almost no-one attending had heard before, let alone seen) their merch stand gets mobbed... That's when you know that The Lewis Hamilton Band have made a lasting impression ... this week Lewis Hamilton reinforced our impression that the blues is in very good hands when you have such youthful talent around ... On an all too rare appearance in the South a hot night was made even hotter by a band that we're itching to see again. Our thanks to Lewis, Ben and Nick for making an extraordinary journey to come and play for us.”

“The Tyne Bar Concert Review -, Newcastle, June 2016 "After six years of extensive touring and a brilliant new fourth album to his name, Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the best contemporary bluesmen in the UK. The Scottish band kicked off with Old Faces, the opener from Hamilton’s latest masterpiece Shipwrecked, an infectious, hard rocking, funky blues with edgy lyrics, piercing guitar solos and clever, precisely timed rhythm changes. Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower was neither Jimi Hendrix nor Dave Matthews but pure Lewis in its unique interpretation. The mood changed with the slow burning, self-penned Sunrise with its intricate guitar and powerful, anguished vocals reflecting the deep emotions. As a power trio, the rhythm section plays a significant part with Ben O’Reilly’s precision drumming and the pulsating bass of Nick Hamilton laying down the perfect grooves. … the band leader striding the stage like a colossus, his vocal range impeccable, and his axework scintil”

“Listeners who have heard Hamilton’s previous three solo releases (such as Ghost Train, favourably reviewed in Bluesblast Magazine in February 2014) will have a fair idea of what to expect from Shipwrecked – traditional blues-rock played with old-fashioned soul and no little technical ability and sung in a smokey, world-worn voice. It’s great music, taking you straight back to the early 1970s in both mood and attitude, albeit with a modern edge...Hamilton’s approach is perhaps best exemplified in his cover of the Son House classic “John The Revelator”, which he starts in a relatively traditional fashion, accompanying his voice with just simple resonator chords, before the rest of the band piles in to create a heavy, grinding, mournful groove. In his solo however he cleverly bypasses the note-heavy solo that many others would have produced, slowly bending strings, enjoying microtonal variations between notes. Hamilton’s upwards trajectory continues.”

“Shipwrecked may be the title but this is definitely not a shipwreck of a Blues album, Lewis Hamilton has produced nine tracks ebbing and flowing with the tide that is contemporary British blues. This, the fourth studio album, released on his own label – Lewis Hamilton Music. Shipwrecked is artfully produced and has a depth of tone and texture redolent of a musician growing in stature and he just keeps getting better. Lewis’ vocals are strong, the guitar crisp full of stinging licks that really connects to the blues soul and the music is captivating. Lewis Hamilton on Shipwrecked has shown what a talent he is growing into and his name should be on many people’s lips throughout 2016 and beyond. Shipwrecked is British blues that has definition and purpose, Lewis is creating his own sound that will be recognized far and wide I am very sure as we are all Delightfully Shipwrecked with Lewis Hamilton’s Album. Bluesdoodles gives this CD 9/10”

“The Lewis Hamilton Band – 6th December 2015 – The Caves, Edinburgh. "Dynamic range is quite often forgotten by performers amid the adrenaline of a stage show – not so with Lewis and company who (several times) took the room from an absolute thunder to a pin-drop silence, stepping off the gas and stepping back from the mikes utilising the inherent reverb in the arched exposed stone. Fully engaging everyone in the room simultaneously by laying down a crescendo of tsunami size proportions before wrong footing the crowd with a four to the floor kick which bolstered several rapid medleys and unassailable “stand-up-and-take-notice” solos, reminiscent of Rory Gallagher and his band. “Down to the river” and other self-penned titles go down to applause and with each passing song cementing the bands capabilities and affirming their peer status to the elite rhythm and blues realm. I surely was not the only one in the room who became one of their newest fans.”

“This fourth studio album confirms Lewis Hamilton’s status as one of the most innovative and versatile young blues artists in the UK. The tempo is maintained with the aptly titled ‘Iceberg Blues’ given Hamilton’s titanic vocal performance and screaming guitar work, enhanced by the wailing harp of Jim Harcus. ‘Head for the Hills’ is beautifully written and arranged, the story unfolding as the music tension increases. Other highlights include a superb version of the Son House classic ‘John the Revelator’ and what can only be described as an acoustic masterpiece, ‘Blame’. Shipwrecked is Lewis Hamilton’s best work to date and reflects his growing maturity as a singer, guitarist, lyricist and producer. Back on shore, with calmer waters ahead, his time has most definitely come.”

“This is the work of a band that is well-rooted in blues tradition, musically right on the money and that displays a deep love for traditional blues. While many tend to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak, Lewis Hamilton and the band show a respect for the originators of the music. The music is immaculately played, powerful, passionate and, frankly, the music of a mature blues band, and not some rockers who jumped on the bandwagon when Blues became the music of choice. To sweeten up the pot, all tunes, with the exception of "John the Revelator" were written by Lewis Hamilton. From hard-driving blues rock to ballads, there is something here to suit almost anyone's taste. I am a battle-scarred old curmudgeon, and I liked it. These cats have talent, originality, youth and a love for the music that runs deep. I, for one, cannot wait to see where they take us next. I recommend this one highly.”

“Shipwrecked - first review : “Sticks and Stones” ... one of several simmering rockers you’ll hear on the album, along with, for example, the opening “Old Faces” and easy-on-the-ears ballad “Head for the Hills”, with other tracks ranging from the quiet, acoustic “Blame” and slow drifting blues of “Stormy Seas” to the harmonica- and effects-laced grooves of “Iceberg Blues” and alt-rocker “Long Way Home”. Filled with Hamilton’s smooth vocals and captivating grooves, this is a strong, balanced outing that’s plenty energetic but never too heavy or otherwise over-the-top, allowing Hamilton to show a maturity beyond his years. Fans of acts such as Davy Knowles/Back Door Slam, King King, John Mayer, Bad Company, and Oli Brown especially will want to check this one out, although we’d have to think that Shipwrecked is one that just about anybody wouldn’t mind being stranded on a desert island with.”

“Yachting Club, Geel Aug 2015 – “For Hendrix’s version of ‘All Along The Watchtower' Lewis shone with a lot of class … well supported by father Nick who unpacked deep and beautiful bass lines, and power drummer Ben O'Reilly whose percussion was delivered very well, with good anticipation for the many mood swings … with twenty years Lewis already has a handsome and rich voice and he knows how to put his Gibson very good use … ‘Down To The River’ was for me one of the highlights of the first set. Fat and fuzzy guitars and the sleek, yet very solid rhythm section meant that I enjoyed it from the first to the last note. From his 4th fourth album we were allowed little taste - one would not expect an old gospel song 'John, The Relevator' by Son House, as a modern electric number, but for me, the intent succeeded. I think it was a Friday night everyone went home happy. The Lewis Hamilton Band played a clever and varied performance.”

“This new album from this Scottish prodigy has a lot to live up to ... The first albums were quite frankly, stunning so this one very much has a point to prove. 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 ”

“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.”

“'Head In The Sand ‘ has a funky rhythm with a smooth and accommodating chorus ... snappy and greasy guitar riffs sound great throughout the song in the ears. The title track 'Ghost Train' has many influences from Rory Gallagher. It is as raw and powerful as the numbers of Rory. Because the young Lewis found that writing about personal emotions and experiences yielded much better songs, there are in 'Ghost Train' so many of those experiences. Songs like 'Sunrise' and 'Trust In Me' are an excellent example of this. Back to the heavier work with 'Down To The River' when the superior guitar violence erupts. No extra tools, just a power trio with guitar, bass and drums. A very tight rhythm, a straightforward number but oh so beautiful. Lewis Hamilton is definitely a name to remember and hopefully we'll get this young guy quickly somewhere at work to see in a club or festival Netherlands or Belgium. For "Ghost Train" is a very strong and varied album that provides some good promotion ..”

“The funky tinted opening track ‘Lonesome and Blue’ is immediately topped with beautiful bluesy guitar riffs. With his mature vocal timbre and heavy roots tune ‘Cheap Cigars, Lewis guides us to the deep South. The title track takes a ride with Young’s Hammond and Lewis on Resonator. ‘Trust in Me then leads us straight back to the exquisite ballad ‘By The Oak Tree’. Special Guest Lyndon Anderson drove the song Whisky Boogie with his blues harp, with cozy and exciting duels with Lewis’s guitar. British Blues/Rock reigns supreme in ‘Down to the River’, as in the melancholy tinged funky ‘Head in the Sand. The delicious ballad ‘Breaking Heart’ and the acoustic ‘Sunrise’ are the precursors of the resonator plucked instrumental closer ‘Journey Home’. Lewis Hamilton keeps his hurtling Ghost Train nicely on track. With a nice mix of funky vibes, blues rock packaged with old-school blues ‘Ghost Train’ is a top album. This album is already in my personal top”

“Through the three JJJ samplers, guitarist/songwriter Lewis Hamilton has done his Scottish colleagues a tremendous service world wide. He has now released his third album "Ghost Train", which offers blues rock from melancholy to funky. The Blues lurk round every corner, by the old oak tree as well as on the way home from one of the many gigs somewhere in the nation.The world of Lewis Hamilton is not a sun-shining, picture postcard idyll. If someone wants plush, happy-sounding music, they should head for the Soft Rock department! Here is a musician for whom the Blues are primarily sad or even tragic - perhaps because he doesn't want to be everybody's 'Sunny Boy'. The music is solid - the trio rocks, sometimes gets funky … Definitely recommended for fans of the genre.”

“Awesome tracks Guyz!!!! I was so caught up in your song "Livin in a Bad Dream", all I needed was a nice comfortable chaise and a dry martini and the mood was surely happening! Great work, keep that guitar playin! Blessings.”

Marie Satch - ReverbNation

“... During the first set I closed my eyes and my mind drifted back to legendary Rory Gallagher style of guitar playing and as Lewis names RG as one of his influences although only of late, his main influence being Stevie Rae Vaughn. This young man has a very accomplished self taught playing style and to compliment that, he also builds his own axes which when you see him if you are old enough to remember RG then all that was missing tonight was the red tartan shirt. This band are a joy to watch and to listen to, no flash stage wear, no pyrotechnics but music played with passion and committment, which the audience loved and they gave them a big round of applause and for their encore - a cover version of a Rolling Stones tune which went down a storm. Listen in to Black Diamond for more news of the band and their gigs and the new album release date. ”

Frank Anderson - Black Diamond FM

“A Scottish jewel that sounds like one of the top U.S. southern blues and boogie bands! Outstanding instrumentation and production.”

“Word is coming out of the west (well west Rocktalk country) of an emerging guitar genius with a very famous name … the “new” Lewis Hamilton, 18 year old guitarist from Auchterarder, fame and hopefully fortune are beckoning – as anyone who has heard him play can testify. Already with his own band, the young protégé has an authentic guitar style that screams out Peter Green, and on the evidence of the tracks on the bands website, can already trade licks with the best. It’s a real family affair for the Hamiltons, as Lewis is only the latest addition to a dynasty of highly respected musicians among the Hamilton clan. Aside from dad Nick who plays bass in the band, his cousin Steve Hamilton ia an accomplished jazz pianist, having played with, Ray Charles, Percy Sledge and Bill Brufords Earthworks. Despite his tender years, Lewis has been playing guitar for around 8 years, and aquired his first Fender Stratocaster at the age of 13 …”

Alan Wilson - Dundee Courier (Rocktalk)

“THIS is the magic that happens when outstanding musicians work together! Wow!”

Anna Johnson - ReverbNation

“ Sidestepping the common early exuberance to merely showcase guitar skills, Hamilton shows his class with a selection of very promising self compositions. 'Crying Shame’ opens with some tastefully melodic blues licks, reminiscent of Santana or Green and is a measured tale of reflection. The laidback feel continues on ‘Opposite Motion’ which illustrates well both Hamilton’s fine youthful vocals and his acoustic dexterity. ‘Life on The Road’ is built on a memorable guitar riff with a delightful Billy Gibbons style guitar solo. This is a refreshing and extremely promising first release,indicating Hamilton is a young bluesman of clear distinction." Duncan Beattie (Blues Matters issue 57) ”

“THE GETAWAY ... Wow!!! I can tell that you LOVE being musicians... The "we're just having a blast doing what we love" energy is shining in this tune. YOU GUYS ARE FANTASTIC!!!”

“GUITARIST Lewis Hamilton's fingers go 0 to 60 in milliseconds, but he's even faster on his feet as he gets the inevitable racing driver joke out of the way early. Easy banter is just one more talent the 18-year-old music whizz from Auchterarder shows off in the Market Bar on Friday night. And with his dad Nick on bass and uncle Steve on drums as The Boogie Boys, Lewis gets the chance to rock, sing the blues and even out-Hendrix Hendrix. It's pure pleasure to sit back and listen as Lewis reinterprets familiar guitar lines - from Johnny Cash to Santana's Black Magic Woman - to make them his. But his own songs, such as Ruthless Man and what will be the upcoming album title track Gambling Machine, aren't half bad either. Maybe it takes the courage of a teen to take Purple Haze by the scruff of the neck and sweet talk it into an instinctive, beat-perfect triumph. ”

“Listening to your great guitar blues right now! I'm up to "I Got to Know" and plan on staying a while! ”

"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!

“Sedgefield R'n'B Club 16-3-13 First chance of the year to catch up with my other "hot-tip" from last year, Lewis and his Boogie Brothers. This has to be one of the most "sorted" of the new wave of Scottish Blues acts. Certainly one of the best, young slide guitarists I've heard in a long while, and that's how he kicked off his set on Saturday, with a bit of Robert Johnson before being joined on stage by Nick and Santa and launching into his own Empty Roads: so into it, he didn't realise a string had gone mid-way though. Thing about Lewis, his sets just seem to roll out, yet he has a way about him that just carries an audience along fro the ride, whether he powers through some classic ZZ Top or takes it down with some Mayer-styled Ray Charles' I Don't Need No Doctor; that's not to say Lewis' own material doesn't stand up along side; Drinking Game always gets feet going and a new track, Broken Heart already sounds a winner...and then it hits you after, how bloody good he is at it.”

"Empty Roads" CD Review - At only 19, this is the guitarist and singer’s second release, and he is already a popular live draw in his native Scotland, and his reputation is starting to spread. With a guitar style that owes a lot to the Vaughan Brothers, and a song writing style that pushes forward, but also has strong roots, this is blues music with a brain and a foot tapping beat. Accompanied by the strong rhythm section of his dad Nick on bass, and Ian Wallace on Drums, they explore funky blues rock, slower, swampy blues tunes, a slide guitar solo piece, and even Scottish folk on the album closer. So, we have the blues rock of ‘Tear me to the bone’ and the Seasick Steve like title track, with its strong slide guitar motif, the country rock/jazz crossover piece of ‘Granny Cool’ with its strong comedy flavour…There is something for fans of strong music, well played by talented musicians, and at only 19, we have much to look forward to from this talented musician, singer an

“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, wonderful song. 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.”

“Jock’s Juke Joint Vol3 “Three volumes in and the Jock’s Juke Joint series once again proves that the blues is everywhere. You just have to look for it. For a compilation, the standards and styles are remarkably consistent with the practically every band pulling off an entirely believable facsimile of the real thing. In fact, Calum Ingram is the only artist to dare to reach out into left field with the curiously compelling, cello driven “Game”. Other more conventional, yet still worthy, efforts come from the delicately melancholic Linda Jaxson (“Light In Your Eyes”), the rough and ready The Stumble (“Lie To Me”), retro blues rock practitioners The Afghan Hounds (“Electric Karma Blues”) and the spirited Harmonica Lewinsky (“Through with Me”). This is a compilation that will meet many people’s expectations of what a blues band should sound like and it is to the credit of all concerned that, if it were not for the title, few would guess that this music came from”

“Darlington Rhythm & Blues Festival 2012. - - Still in his teens, Lewis’s fingers are made of rubber and magic as he throttled his way through a couple of Telecasters in a style I’d put somewhere between Rory Gallagher and Jeff Healey. Not only that, he has a fair ol’ set of pipes (his voice, not bagpipes) and a comfortable and confident stage presence that immediately engages with the audience. Hell, he insults our beer (“tastes like socks!”) and we laugh with him. Making the power-trio is Nick on Bass & Santa behind the drums – and these guys know their business, make no mistake ... An eclectic mix of self-penned and standards, with a couple of left-field covers to add character ... a rapid-fire Johnny Cash cover (Fulsom Prison Blues) comes in like a shot of Tabasco ... Somehow I don’t think these guys will ever go hungry in these parts, not when the Quakerhouse is crammed full before the end of their first set.”

“I love the sound of a blues guitar solo and on this album there are some of the finest that I’ve heard anywhere. On the slower tracks where the rest of the musicians hold back a bit, to make the guitar just that bit more prominent, the overall effect is beautifully done ... As a collective work this is one of the finest blues albums I’ve heard so far this year. Empty Roads will take you on a winding journey, and if you close your eyes you can imagine yourself just blasting down a meandering country road on (or in) whatever mode of transport takes your fancy. If there is any justice in the world then this album should be huge as it’s just sublime. Yeah, I absolutely love it, and honestly I was taken aback by just how good it actually is. If you’re a blues fan, then this album is a must. If though, like me, you just enjoy honest music, played by excellent musicians, then this album should be right up your street. So what are you waiting for? ”

“This is the second release of the top Scottish blues talent following the highly acclaimed first volume, universally rated as one of the best compilations made in 2012, taking the listener on a roller coaster ride of blues styles and emotions. However, Volume 2 can now claim this accolade because it is even better, not least because of the sensational collaboration between Scots harp legend Fraser Speirs and young gun Lewis Hamilton. The instrumental “There You Are Now” is reminiscent of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee at their peak, albeit in mellow mood, with harmonica and guitar in perfect synergy. And within this variety lies the beauty and power of this entirely original offering, a surprise package and cornucopia of contemporary blues artists .... the current generation of bluesmen and women represented here adds a fresh, distinctive and innovative approach and sound which is widening the appeal of the blues in the 21st century by taking it in a new direction.”

“Lewis Hamilton and the Boogie Brothers- Vintage Lounge, Dumfries Friday 19th October 2012 Young Scottish blues prodigy Lewis Hamilton brought his Boogie Brothers to the town’s new live music venue The Vintage Lounge recently. The Boogie Brothers are touring at the moment to promote their latest album “Empty Roads” , a follow up to “Gambling Machine”. The set consisted of covers and Hamilton’s own songs, including a storming take on “Crossroads”. Assisted by his father Nick on bass and the drum talents of the inexplicably-named “Santa”, Lewis showed the assembled blues fans how blues rock should sound. A particular highlight of the night was a powerful country-rock run through Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues, which showed off Lewis’s dexterity and musician ship, as well as a few tongue-in-cheek country references (Duelling Banjos!) thrown into the mix. Like his namesake, Lewis Hamilton is definitely on the right track (sorry!) A great gig in a great venu”

" 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-received 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."

“Re. Darlington Rhythm & Blues Festival 2012. " Still in his teens, Lewis’s fingers are made of rubber and magic as he throttled his way through a couple of Telecasters in a style I’d put somewhere between Rory Gallagher and Jeff Healey. Not only that, he has a fair ol’ set of pipes (his voice, not bagpipes) and a comfortable and confident stage presence that immediately engages with the audience. Hell, he insults our beer (“tastes like socks!”) and we laugh with him. Making the power-trio is Nick on Bass & Santa behind the drums – and these guys know their business, make no mistake ... An eclectic mix of self-penned and standards, with a couple of left-field covers to add character ... a rapid-fire Johnny Cash cover (Fulsom Prison Blues) comes in like a shot of Tabasco ... Somehow I don’t think these guys will ever go hungry in these parts, not when the Quakerhouse is crammed full before the end of their first set.”

“... in a room where everyone else is exploring the rockier fringes of their genre in a search for distinctiveness Lewis stands out by virtue of his traditional sound. There signs of youth in the music, a certain lack of restraint in the guitar (which I like a lot) and the occasional forced nature of the vocals. It is exciting though, and that makes for an extremely enjoyable listen ... it’s not all full on balls to the wall guitar hero stuff, and the beautiful delicate playing of the acoustic instrumental, The Stream offers a great foil for the rockier numbers. All in all, this is a very impressive release, it opens strongly and keeps up the momentum throughout while offering some seriously amazing guitar playing backed by an astoundingly tight band. If you’re interested in where the blues is headed you could do a lot worse than to listen to Lewis Hamilton, he certainly gets a thumbs up from me! ”

“Employing the extraordinary guitar playing skills of one Lewis Hamilton, the energy of this power trio should make immediate contact with blues rock audiences ... 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 ... What makes this album interesting is the amount of good ideas and the care with which these are executed. Despite Lewis’s relatively early age, he is playing with defiant maturity. Instead of attempting to dominate the proceedings, he breathes as one with the band, absorbing every ounce of the band's energy, thus allowing ideas to multiply like some awkward bacterial growth. Hamilton’s guitar playing is exquisite to say the least, but it is his performance on “Crying Shame” that delivers true revelation, as Lewis unleashes a tortured solo, in which strings are bent and hammered in a relentless assault of passion.”

“Jock's Juke Joint Vols 1 & 2 "Both these albums contain what can only be described as a Blues Lovers Dream Come True, whether it be the opening Kickin' Boogie Blues Number, "Shake Rag Boogie" (Stevey Hay's Shades Of Blues), which gets the whole party started, the Blues Rockin' "Empty Roads" (Lewis Hamilton And The Boogie Brothers), or the Super Slidefest Hill Country Blues Tune, "Fever" (Gus Munro), you will certainly be either glued to your chair or the dance floor unable to really think of anything but the great tunes flying out of your Stereo, and that's just Vol. 1, as Vol. 2 has all that and more. Jock's Juke Joint "Contemporary Blues From Scotland Vol. 1 & 2" was hands down, the best 2 compilation CD's I have ever heard. Really good stuff, from beginning to end, and truly something that I really can't recommend highly enough. It is all here folks and believe me, once you give Vol. 1 & 2 a listen, you will be anxiously waiting for Vol. 3, as I certainly am" ”

“A world away from Pussycat Dolls and F1, another Lewis Hamilton is pursuing a different road: Blues Music not Tarmac, and its epicentre is Scotland, not Silverstone. This young 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 ‘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. ”

“... (their) best performance I’ve witnessed ... opened with title track of their debut album ‘Gambling Machine’, a catchy tune receiving airplay on regional blues shows, before the yet unrecorded ‘Ruthless Man.’ Hamilton’s version of ‘Just Got Paid’ displayed the influence of both Bonamassa and Billy Gibbons, before ‘Fulson Prison Blues’ revealed the country technique of Danny Gatton. The audience lapped up ‘Further On Up The Road’, yet it was the originals, notably ‘Crying Shame’ a melodic blues which included Hamilton’s finest vocal performance; and ‘Woke Up This Morning’ a vehicle for his and the returning McKellar’s fluent guitar soloing that demonstrated his full abilities. Having broken another blues cartel, for Hamilton the hope is that he will emulate the success of Davy Knowles and Oli Brown who’ve formed such a powerful inspiration. Whistlebinkies in Edinburgh, May 14th, 2011 ”

Duncan Beattie - Blues Matters

“Jock's Juke Joint Vol 2 - The opener from blues rockers Blues n Trouble sets the mood which is followed by youngsters The Kennel Wages, almost an Indie rock n roll kind of blues, before Wang Dang Delta brings a more mellow laid back tune. Earl Grey and the Loose Leaves, described in the inlay as Captain Beefheart meeting Howlin' Wolf, is a truly original song; Leah brings us a lovely, slow blues number by the name of 'Lost In The Night' and The 4 Al's instrumental [ exclusive to this album ], 'Jam'al', is great fun. Other personal highlights for me include, Jed Potts & the Hillman Hunters with the seven minute slow burner, 'Don't Tell Me; Richard Youngs' harp lead, acoustic toe tapper 'Confidence Man' and The Lynsey Dolan Band with another sultry laid back tune, 'Do Right Man'. But really, every track is a winner and I doubt you will press the skip button during the whole album. I would urge you to go and find out more about the project and maybe treat yourself to both editions.”

“Jock's Juke Joint Vol2 ... a compilation of delight across all eighteen tracks providing the perfect showcasing of the depth of talent in Scotland that sadly for the rest of us in the British Isles we rarely get to see live. Listening to this CD is the best use of seventy minutes I have had for a long time as I was introduced to band after band and left wanting more – this mix would be a top festival line-up for a blues festival that would bring real delight to all. The overall reflection of the CD is quality blues with the harmonica showcased at the highest standard throughout combined with great vocals, guitar playing and the bedrock rhythm section. Each of the eighteen tracks on the CD is there for a reason and fits in with the preceding and following so there are no harsh juxtapositions, this is not though a bland mix of safety each band is bringing to the party something different ...”

“JJJ Vol2 is another belter of a compilation. This has got to be the best Scottish invasion since the Jacobites … Pick a stand-out track? Some chance; at the moment I’m listening to the Lynsey Dolan - Do Right Man track, and it reminds me of a young Elkie Brooks with a dash of Aretha; hop back to Cynthia Gentle & the True Tones - You Just Can’t Win and it’s reminiscent of Maggie Bell; that’s the sort of standard we’re talkin’. Just picking tracks at random, Wang Dang Delta - Shutting Out The World, as smooth as anything from Henrik Freischlader; Binsness Bluesboys - Crawdad Hole, as pure Delta roots as it comes: Black Diamond Express - Never Was A Lass So Fair; well, they say Blue Grass and the like was distilled from Celtic roots folk amongst other things. And the final track, Fraser Spiers & Lewis Hamilton - There You Are Now; you get the feel of “old guard” passing on the baton to the new generation, and Lewis has to be one of the most organised and talented of the”

“Jock's Juke Joint Vol 1 - "Produced by Lewis Hamilton , one of the best up and coming bands with a much acclaimed album, “ Gambling Machine “ and also a blistering recording of a new track “ Empty Roads“ on here. The release starts with a stalwart of Scottish blues, Stevey Hay, growling through “Shake Rag Boogie“ a crowd pleaser. Albany Dawn’s “South Of The City“ is an eclectic mix of styles. Other highlights include Gerry Jablonski and The Electric Band’s “Higher They Climb“. Laura- May Gibson gives a soulful smoky approach to “You Can’t Hang“. The Jenson Interceptors, Sleepy Eyes Nelson and perennial favourites Dana Dixon Band provide a country blues flavour. More experimental is Missing Cat with a gutsy “For The Loss Of It“. The Frank O’Hagan Band featuring Fraser Speirs on harmonica provide a big band feel, just class ... has to be one of the best compilations made this year, taking us on a roller coaster ride of emotions and blues styles, just”

“Best breakthrough acts join welcome returners for eighth blues festival - The eighth Shetland Blues Festival takes place this year on the weekend of 9th to 11th September and features some welcome return acts plus two of the best breakthrough acts on the UK blues scene this year ... With the release of their debut album Gambling Machine, Lewis has set a benchmark for young blues guitar players throughout the UK for the depth and range of styles that he plays on this outstanding release."”