"Hot Blooded Caledonian Blues - could any music fan refuse? " Ian Rankin
Lewis Hamilton released his third album Ghost Train on his own label in the summer of 2013 at the Maryport Blues Festival and has since received very positive reviews in numerous publications worldwide. While following the broad blues rock framework of his previous albums, Gambling Machine and Empty Roads, Ghost Train includes a wider range of influences. The album reflects the growing confidence and continued song writing development of the 19-year-old singer and guitarist, who this year was nominated as young artist in the British Blues Awards.
The Lewis Hamilton Band have been booked for over 350 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'.
“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 indeed.” Jon Seymour 06/10/2013 (Firebrand Magazine)
"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 ... 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 10 for 2013" Philip Vehaege 12/09/2013 (Keys and Chords)
“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. .." Walter Vanheuckelom 12/09/2013 (Rootstime.BE)