Music Review by Ionas Finser & Staff
Hamilton Loomis invites us to break out our best dance moves in his latest release, “This Season.” We are introduced immediately to a crisp, high-impact drum pattern that sets the groundwork for fun, dynamic vocals. Throughout the song, we are treated to funky guitar fills that are a pleasure to the ears, as well as sleigh bells and shimmering synth highlights to remind us that the holiday season is here.
Loomis is a master at creating catchy melodies, and performs them with a voice that is well-trained and natural. While drawing us in with memorable elements, he also highlights the struggle he faces regarding his five-year-old son’s medical condition, hyperinsulinism. The artist finds a way to paint a story of hope and perseverance, inspired by the joy and cheer of Christmas and through the heart of a father to an amazing young boy.
“The lights keep changing from green to red / Can't shake the darkness hanging over your head / But always have faith 'cause Christmas is here / Your guiding light will always be near”
“This Season” will leave you dancing around the tree for weeks after Christmas is over. This energetic song is perfect for the holiday season, but remains balanced enough to become a year-round hit. Loomis’ well-honed artistry will never stop speaking to the strength and courage we all need to evoke sometimes.
About Hamilton Loomis
Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Hamilton Loomis is the son of musician parents who listened to blues, rock and soul. Music ran in his veins and, with instruments readily available around the house, he picked up drums, piano, guitar, bass, and harmonica, thus honing his multi-instrumental talent.
A protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at Houston’s famed venue, Rockefeller’s at the age of 16. Before the night was over, Loomis was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Diddley quickly became friend, mentor, collaborator and supporter, appearing on two of Loomis’ albums and presenting a cherished red guitar that he still plays.
Loomis’ album Give It Back showed his pay-it-forward attitude of passing on knowledge to young, and up-and-coming musicians, just as his mentors did for him. On his Basics album, Loomis continues the tradition by featuring several of his young protégées, and finishes the record with a jam session by some of his favorite Houston-area youngsters, whose ages range from 12 to 16.
Loomis is also on a mission to raise awareness about hyperinsulinism (HI), a rare disease that causes dangerously low blood sugar levels. His 5-year-old son Bo was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition in 2015, and Loomis dedicates Basics’ opening track, “Sugar Baby,” to Congenital Hyperinsulinism International (www.congenitalhi.org), an organization that heads research on the disease, educates doctors and hospitals, and supports families affected by the disease.
His brand new Christmas CD's title track "This Season," also inspired by his son Bo, takes the personal subject of his family's struggle with hyperinsulinism and transforms it into a universal message of hope, faith, and healing.
Loomis and crew shine on stage proving his music is best experienced in person, where one can see and hear its intended splendor. Loomis’ energetic, get-in-with–the-crowd antics are infectious.“Being comfortable on stage is something that comes
For more information on Hamilton Loomis, please visit his website.