Racing to the top

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MOST associate Lewis Hamilton with Formula One — but if his young musical namesake continues his ascent, people may not just be thinking of the racing driver when they hear the name.

The new release by Lewis Hamilton and the Boogie Brothers — Empty Roads — has built them a strong following across the UK.

The 20-year-old Perthshire lad is joined in the band by his dad, Nick Hamilton, who pulls double duty as bass player and band manager.

Nick introduced Lewis to a wide range of music from an early age and bought him his first guitar at just 13 years old.

The trio is completed by Ian Santa Wallace who provides the punchy drums integral to a blues-rock trio.

As a guitarist, Lewis is influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher, while his vocal style is inspired by Sting, Joe Cocker and Dave Matthews.

The band play The Scotia Bar on Saturday, 9.30pm. Entry is free.