Hamilton Loomis – Kickin’ It
"Blues outside the box" is how Hamilton Loomis describes his music. The promising young guitarist and singer from Houston has been carving a reputation as a crowd pleasing newcomer on the scene. And his music is redefining blues for contemporary audiences. Mentored by Bo Diddley, Johnny Copeland, Gatemouth Brown, and Albert Collins, Loomis has crafted his blues roots into a funk-a-fied recipe all his own.
1. Workin' Real Hard - 4:17 2. No No No - 3:48 3. Be Mine Anyway - 4:11 4. Just Your Fool - 5:27 5. Get My Blues On - 4:37 6. Better Man - 5:09 7. 99 Miles - 4:32 8. Take a Number (Stand in Line) - 5:02 9. Something's Gonna Come My Way - 4:34 10. Who Dat? - 4:36
Hamilton Loomis (vocals, guitar, harmonica, bass, vocoder, power drill) , Mike Cross (bass on 3,4, background vocals) , Brant Leeper (Hammond B3-organ, Fender Rhodes, piano, background vocals) , Nico Leophonte (drums) , Levi Haddock III (drums on 1,3,8) , The Primal Funk Horns: Kevin Needham (tenor sax) , Kenny Borak (trumpet)
1. AllMusic - Al Campbell
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.