HE’S back by popular demand, with his funky rhythms, booming horns, soulful vocals, powerful but refined harmonica and stellar guitar work.
Texan bluesman Hamilton Loomis got hooked on music as a nipper, rifling through his parents’ huge collection of blues, rock, and soul records.
By his early teens he had already learnt the drums, piano, guitar, bass and harmonica and was touring regularly as part of his family’s doo-wop group.
At a Bo Diddley gig with his mum in 1992 he snuck backstage during the interval to meet the great man, ended up playing for the legend, and before the night was over was up onstage performing alongside him. Bo quickly became a friend, mentor, and supporter, inspiring Hamilton and fuelling his desire for originality.
Other Texas blues legends like Joe Hughes, Johnny Copeland and Gatemouth Brown also recognised the youngster’s talent and potential and coached him on the finer points of the music early on.
By the time he turned 18, Hamilton had performed in front of thousands at the Delta Blues Festival, and was writing, arranging, and performing his own material.
A series of self-released CDs followed, with his first Blind Pig Records Kickin’ It, released in 2003, presenting his innovative approach to an audience hungry for something new in roots music.
Live In England which was released in December 2009 deftly balances his blues roots with his penchant for experimentation and originality. It also features a tribute to his mentor Bo Diddley who died in 2008.
Touring non-stop since 2001, Hamilton has brought his music to audiences all over the States and the rest of the world, recently earning two Best Artist awards in England and Wales.
Hamilton stays true to the heart of the blues but avoids the clichés. He’s at the forefront of bringing blues-based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience.
Hamilton Loomis returns to the Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead on Tuesday, May 24, 8pm.
Call the box office on 01442 228091 for tickets or go to www.oldtownhall.co.uk.