Review: Lewis Hamilton – Ghost Train

Posted on: Thursday, Oct 3, 2013

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Lewis Hamilton – GhostTrain

(Lewis Hamilton Music: LHMGT2013)

As demonstrated in the recent three-volume set under the title Jock’s Juke Joint, Scotland continues to produce a well-stocked production line of talented blues musicians. Lewis Hamilton is rapidly establishing himself in that illustrious group and this album provides good evidence of his burgeoning skills.

There are eleven tracks of expertly-penned original compositions, which Lewis delivers with the backing, on most tracks, of Nick Hamilton on bass and Ian (Santa) Wallace on drums. In addition, Rich Young plays Hammond organ and Pete Rabjohns plays drums on three tracks, Steve Hamilton plays keys on two tracks and Bruce Richie and Lyndon Anderson play trumpet/sax and harp respectively on one track each.

The album bounces into action with the funky “Lonesome And Blue”, followed by the steady-beating “Cheap Cigars”, which offers a swampy feel and some nifty guitar work. The title song returns to funky mode, this time with some slide guitar embellishment. The tempo is eased by the soulful “Trust In Me” and the slow and bluesy “By The Oak Tree”, on which Lewis Hamilton plays bass and drums as well as his customary guitar.

The excellent, fast-moving “Whiskey Boogie”, blessed with the exceptional harp playing of Lyndon Anderson, is matched by the Stevie Ray Vaughan-influenced “Down To The River”, complete with two sparkling guitar solos. The funky “Head In The Sand” leads on to the slow and bluesy “Breaking Heart”, which delivers another fine helping of bristling guitar work before the album is drawn to a close with Lewis in solo format on the gentle, medium-paced shuffle, “Sunrise”, and “Journey Home”, a beautifully-played Delta-flavoured instrumental.

This is a well-varied and very enjoyable album, which is a credit to Lewis Hamilton’s songwriting ability and his impressive guitar playing. The quality of his vocals does not yet match his instrumental prowess but, still only 19 years of age, there is plenty of time for refinement in that department.


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