The Hamilton/Lambert Project takes the approach that the song comes first; solos and egos come later. "Letters From The Earth" took over three years to complete, although it was worth the wait. The 14-song album features lots of strong melodies, intelligent lyrics and clever production techniques.
Joe Hamilton - a California transplant to the Ozarks is a master craftsman of lyrics, and teamed with multi-instrumentalist Jai Lambert, the duo makes some mighty powerful musical mojo. Jai was the former guitarist and keyboardist with Paperkid. He played all guitars, bass, and keyboards on this project and his voice contributes to the layered harmonies that make the Hamilton/Lambert songs unique. Bob Ketchum provides the rock steady and in-your-face drumming, seated at his vintage Ringo Starr Ludwig trap kit. Jurgen Lottmann provides the extra edge on percussion. But the real stars here are the songs themselves.
"Man Out Of Town", for instance, won a prestigious Arkansas Songwriters Award in the pop/rock division. "Under The Same Sky" appeared on a "Little Rock Rocks" compilation album and won second place in the Seagram's Talent Search. "False Attachments", another song on the album, was included on the KABF "Arkansas Jam" compilation. "Tuesday Train" is very popular with music programmers, and has a modern edge and feel to it that just sounds like an honest rock and roll song.
The press has made comments like:
"A pop throwback to the 60's British influences with a modern technological edge. The drums and bass are straight-ahead rock and roll, the guitars are bright and jangly, and vocals are pure and clean with emphasis on structured harmonies."(SW Times Record)
"This type of album is a songwriters dream come true" (Arkansas Democrat)
KISR in Ft. Smith, Arkansas says"Can the world handle this much talent!? You bet!"
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