A joyous collection of self-penned tunes from a promising, young artist in the British Blues/Rock tradition. Featuring such top class musicians as Fraser Speirs (Eddie Reader, Paulo Nutini), Steve Hamilton (Van Morrison, Ray Charles), Donald Lang (Tam White and the Dexters) and Own Nicholson (Southpaw, Dougie MacLean).
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Daniel Pavlica –
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)
Jimmy Carlyle –
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.
Jimmy Carlyle, Shetland Times
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)
Iain D. Renicks –
The pride of Auchterarder , this outfit is gonna be the next big thing on the European Blues scene
Life on the Road is brilliant , and my personal fave . but hey the whole album is a doozy. Do yourself a favour blues fans buy this one and enlighten yourself to the talent .
Iain D. Renicks, Thornhill, Scotland –
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