Since their formation in August 2010, the Lewis Hamilton Band, appearing on Bute with Transclyde Music on Saturday, September 6, have been booked for more than 400 shows, from Shetland to Poland, and appeared at most of the UK’s biggest blues festivals, including Main Stage performances at Hebden Bridge and Maryport.
Their debut album, Gambling Machine, won the Scottish New Music Award for Scottish Jazz/Blues album of the year for 2012, while Candlelight & Sympathy, from follow-up Empty Roads, will feature on the soundtrack of a new feature film, ‘Scar Tissue’.
The band’s third album, Ghost Train, has had numerous top reviews and acclaim from magazines and websites worldwide, and airplay in more than 15 countries.
In addition to his previous nominations in the 2012 and 2013 British Blues Awards and receiving two preliminary nominations in their song-writing category, Lewis has been nominated yet again as Young Artist of the Year in 2014.
From an early age Lewis listened to a wide range of music: when he turned 12 years old, he was given a Squire Stratocaster™, his first electric guitar.
Taking influence from great guitarists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher, he quickly developed a passion for guitar led ‘blues-rock’ and spent hours every day learning tips and tricks from his idols.
Now, at the age of 20, Lewis has developed a guitar style that has been compared to Joe Bonamassa and Eric Johnson, while vocally, he takes influence from the likes of Dave Mathews and John Mayer and writes his own music.
Lewis also has talent for recording and runs his own studio in Auchterarder in Perthshire, where all his music is written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Lewis himself.
Tickets for next Saturday’s show at Craigmore Bowling Club are on sale now – priced £10 – from Musicker (01700 502287) and Macqueen’s Butchers (01700 502067).