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Hamilton Loomis stays true to own style of blues

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SUMMIT COUNTY – According to 30-year-old musician Hamilton Loomis, he’s a performer first and writer second. The Texas native, who has been writing his own material since he was 17 said, “I realized a long time ago if I am going to be the best artist I can be, I need to be writing stuff appropriate to me.” Loomis, whose music is based in blues, said a song like B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone”is a beautiful song, but the sad tone just doesn’t vibe with him.

“I don’t think I could sing that 100 percent and really mean it,” Loomis said.Instead, the guitarist likes to stick with lighthearted subjects, with the occasional darker song. He said, for example, on his song “Voodoo Doll,” he wrote about being mistreated by a woman. But he gets his revenge, almost a triumph, with the doll.Loomis’ latest album, “Kickin It” is blues based, with a funkier edge and hip-hop elements, Loomis said. He is currently working on material for his new CD, some of which he’ll be playing at his shows in Summit County.

He comes to the Goat in Keystone Saturday and will be in town again for two shows at the Old Dillon Inn in Silverthorne Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Monday, Jan. 30. Rob Ramos on bass guitar, drummer Ian Bailey and Vince Palumbo on saxophone complete Loomis’ band.Loomis is appreciative of his fans and attributes those that attend live shows with keeping art and music alive. For this reason he wants to give folks his all when they come out to see him.

“I try to connect with the crowd in several different ways,” he said. “I go out into the crowd, in people’s chairs and in people’s tables. I try to connect not only musically, but also more on a literal level.”Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 13622 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.

Loomis band has spent the last four years touring, and recently spent five weeks playing in the UK. The band had 22 dates throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There the band was awarded Best Band of 2005 by a notable blues club in Wales called the Blues Dragon Club.Loomis said although exhausting, touring and traveling allow him to experience the highlights of the different regions he visits.When you go to Philadelphia, you get to have an actual Philly cheesesteak. When we toured in Arizona, I got to see the Grand Canyon, which Id never been to before. We saw Mount Rushmore in North Dakota and Old Faithful in Wyoming, he said. How many people do you know that get to do all that in a two-year time period?

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