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Album Review

Young Texas guitarist Hamilton Loomis' first disc for Blind Pig, Kickin' It, is a mixed bag of modern blues, modern funk, and slick soul. As a young man getting started in the blues, Loomis was mentored by Lone Star State legends Albert Collins, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and Johnny Copeland. He seems proud to use those names in interviews and press releases, and rightfully so! You sense he is genuinely honored to have been taken under the wing of these elder statesmen. So, it comes as a bit of a surprise in the Kickin' It liner notes when Loomis brags, "This ain't yo' Grandpa's blues record," and how he's going to take "blues out of the box." If you associate Loomis' mentors with "grandpa's blues record," you probably won't get much enjoyment from Kickin' It.

Biography

Born: Galveston, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Texas guitarist Hamilton Loomis was born and raised in Galveston, TX. Having come from a musical family, Loomis developed numerous skills as a multi-instrumentalist, learning drums, piano, guitar, and harmonica as an adolescent. By the age of 14, Loomis began writing, arranging, and performing his own material. He formed a vocal group consisting of family members and was playing prestigious gigs like the Delta Blues Festival. During his early years on the road Loomis met and was mentored by such...
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