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Wanamaker Lewis / Press

“ [ blues/folk ] Wanamaker Lewis is best known as the banjo-playing leader of local bluegrassers the Lewis Brothers, but there’s not a banjo in earshot on the new self-titled/self-released album by the Wanamaker Lewis Band. His electric guitar takes the lead on most cuts, backed by a tight blues quartet that radiates good times with the accent on the uptempo. Slow dancers may want to run the Little Walter classic “Sad Hours” on repeat, stretched to over seven minutes of Seth Holzman’s extraordinary blues harmonica and Lewis’ pensive picking. This is dreamy stuff. —Mary Armstrong”

“ This just in: Here's what Lisa Rich of The Trenton Times wrote on May 25th 2012: When you see him on stage, you might as well call him master. Wanamaker Lewis is known as one of the most talented banjo players to come out of the tristate area. His level of skill goes beyond mastery into the ranks of the Jedi. Tomorrow night, he and his blues band are coming to Triumph Brewing Co. in New Hope, Pa. As a musician and songwriter, Lewis is versatile and varied. He leads his blues band, a bluegrass group and his newest project, which focuses on Gypsy swing and Americana. The tight four-piece band featured tomorrow has been around for more than a decade, and it shows. Attendees can expect high-energy, seductive rhythms, and a whole lot of soul with an ensemble of guitar, harmonica, bass and drums (Lewis is on guitar and vocals). The focus: not only arrangements of classic Chicago blues, but modern spins on the classics as well. ”

"Wanamaker Lewis has to be the best, banjo picker to come out of Philadelphia in ages. His guitar work is always top notch and the extreme talent and musical excitement he displays on stage is legendary. No doubt about it---Wanamaker Lewis is a master player and vibrant band leader from swing to blues to high-powered bluegrass!" Gene Shay WXPN, Folk Alley, Sirius XM Satellite Radio

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