Hamilton Loomis Review by Grahame Rhodes
Posted on: Saturday, Sep 24, 2005
Warrington R&B Club, at Warrington Town F.C.
The supremely talented young Texan guitar-slinger â€“on his first visit to these shores â€“ stopped off at Warrington R&B Club and delivered a most entertaining two hours of high-octane funk-flavoured blues, rock and soul!
Loomis â€“ originally from Galveston, Texas, but now based in Houston â€“ fronts an excellent band featuring fellow Texans â€“ Vince Palumbo (saxophone), Robert Ramos (bass) and Ian Bailey (drums) â€“ with the man himself being a triple threat, excelling on guitar, harmonica and possessing a fine voice.
Fresh from a triumphant set at this yearâ€™s Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival at Colne, Loomis and band certainly know how to work an audience â€“ and we were treated to a complete walk around the room on the table tops while soloing and some flashy guitar tricks â€“ but never too self-indulgent!
Currently promoting his Blind Pig release â€œKickinâ€™ Itâ€ â€“ the two sets contained a large chunk of the CD â€“ a heady brew of funky blues, featuring dynamite guitar work and some impressive harmonica â€“ indeed Loomis manages to play guitar and harmonica at the same time by using a vacuum cleaner brush holder for his harmonica to enable him to get a tough Chicago-type tone.
Early treats were his ode to being lazy, the strident â€œWorkinâ€™ Real Hardâ€ and the funky â€œNo No Noâ€ â€“ his lovely voice featuring along with great guitar and beautiful sax work from fellow Houston resident, Vince Palumbo. Indeed along with the Austin-based rhythm section the band were very tight, as you would expect from most Texas musicians.
Second set highlights were the soulful ballad â€œSuspicionsâ€, and a brace of covers in the shape of the late, great Johnny â€œGuitarâ€ Watsonâ€™s â€œAinâ€™t That A Bitchâ€, and a nod to latter-day Texas heroes ZZ Top with a storming â€œShe Loves My Automobileâ€ â€“ cracking stuff! Loomis returned to the funk for another cut from the CD â€“ the excellent â€œGet My Blues Onâ€.
This was a brilliant night to kick off the autumn season at Ray and Barbara Oâ€™Hareâ€™s club â€“ and with the likes of Nicky Moore, Matt Schofield, Paul Byrd and The Cadillac Kings to come â€“ the punters have many more storming nights to look forward to!
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