Back on Track at Cube.

 Knocking at that door !   

 

After a great few days with Gareth at Cube Recording Studios,  the guys just wanted to update you on progress.

Two new tracks, ‘Boneyard Blues‘ & ‘Different Story‘ are now in the can for release later this month as a ‘Double A Side’ single.

Both tracks will be put out onto the usual platforms (Spotify, I Tunes etc.) & available to download from this website.

The Guys are very pleased with the songs & I must say the sounds in the studio were just Awesome.

                                        Gretsch Drums and Marshall heaven.

   

So we are all very excited to share them with you very soon, Oh, and look out for a special guest appearance on ‘Boneyard Blues‘.

When you get them, please play at maximum volume as they quite possibly should be licensed as weapons of mass destruction !

Bye for now from

Keith, Alan & Matt

Blacktop Deluxe

 

Breaking News – Laurence Jones and Blacktop Deluxe play the St. Ives Festival

We are so excited to finally announce our ……..

 

As part of this years St. Ives Festival, Laurence Jones has invited special guests Blacktop Deluxe to play a ‘one off’ concert  with him at The Guildhall St. Ives Cornwall.

 

Not only that, we are also delighted to be offering a very limited number of exclusively priced tickets, just for Blacktop Fans.

 Only £15.00 (includes free UK first class postage only – Box Office price £17.00 ) available from this website, click below to purchase

Laurence Jones & Blacktop Deluxe Ticket

These limited number, special  priced tickets are exclusively available from the Blacktop website but will sell fast.

 

So please don’t miss out on your unique chance to see these two awesome  Blues/Rock  Bands together for the first time

in an unforgettable evening of the best in Brit’ Blues/Rock.

 

Laurence Jones & special guests Blacktop Deluxe at The Guildhall St. Ives Cornwall – September 19th 2022

 

Laurence Jones

 

 

Laurence Jones has developed a virtuoso pedigree as the UK’s hottest young blues guitar-slinger winning him several major awards and accolades & supported the likes of Sir Van Morrison, Sir Ringo Starr, Status Quo, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck.

Laurence has played at some of the most prestigious venues in the world including The Royal Albert Hall in London & The Carnegie Hall in New York and Buddy Guy personally invited Laurence to join him on stage at the 2017 Holland International Blues Festival in front of an audience of 15,000.

https://www.laurencejonesmusic.com

Blacktop Deluxe

 

Nationally renowned British Blues outfit Blacktop Deluxe have re-launched this year prompted by massive demand from festival organisers, venues & thousands of fans.

With several critically acclaimed releases under their belt, this Band have played alongside all of the giants of their genre including Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Deep Purple & many, many more.

Their Brand of ass-kicking original rocking blues plus crowd-pleasing classics ensure the band always deliver an evening of high octane, no nonsense rocking blues.

https://www.keithhowemusic.com

September excitement

Excitement is building here at Blacktop Towers.

The boys have some very exciting news to share with it’s amazing fans on Monday.

We can’t say too much at the moment but its all about a unique, September gig involving an awesome musician friend of the Tops plus Blacktop as special guests PLUS the exclusive opportunity to get special priced tickets just for Blacktop fans  WOW !

Clock’s ticking and you won’t want to miss out on this.

BTD

Blacktop Cubed !

Just in from Blacktop Towers !

Well July is shaping up to be very busy for the Top’s.

Not only are the newly reformed trio, heading  towards their first gig, returning to the legendary ‘Helstonbury’ Festival to be part of their 20th Anniversary celebrations;

One way or another, Keith & Alan have been to all but 2 of the past Helstonbury events, so its a special privilege & honour to be invited to play the main stage Sunday 24th @ 3.00pm,

but the guys are also booked into the awesome Cube Recording Studios with Gareth over the 29th -31st July.

Rumour has it that  they are  recording a brand new, ‘double A side’, release “Boneyard Blues” and “Different Story”.

I’m hearing that these newbies will hopefully be available to download  asap in August, but more news on this as soon as I hear it

I’ve gotta say though, that if the past studio visits are anything to go by, then it’ll be another  unforgettable experience – can’t wait.

So strap yourselves in fellow BTD ers, its gonna be a bumpy ride.

 

We just love your support.

   

Well what can we say !

It’s been truly overwhelming the love and support we have been shown in the past few days after announcing the reforming of Blacktop Deluxe.

Very special thanks go to all of you who have visited the new look website, bought/downloaded our Music and subscribed to our Blog’s – you are truly the most awesome supporters a Band can have.

We are currently rehearsing and working on organising some Cube recording studio dates for a new release, some time soon.

Meanwhile the trio’s first gig will be a return to the fabulous Helstonbury Festival for its 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Blacktop will have the honour of gracing the ‘Al Rideout Stage’ on Sunday July 24th – can’t wait.

It’s early days yet for the Band but promoters/venues are already starting to get in touch so hopefully we will have some more gig dates to announce soon.

Thank you all once again and please keep the love flowing …

Matt, Alan & Keith – Blacktop Deluxe

 

“Lockdown is over, and the Blues are back.”

Breaking News from Blacktop Towers !

Blacktop Deluxe – lockdown is over, and the blues are back.

The hounds of hell are emerging from lockdown, uncompromising, unrelenting – and unshackled. This trio of heavy blues rockers have been caged up for 2 years, but now the gates are open wide.

 

Nationally renowned British blues outfit Blacktop Deluxe are re-launching this year, prompted by massive demand from festival organisers, venues and thousands of Facebook fans. With reels of ass-kicking original rocking blues, plus huge crowd-pleasing classics, this band are ready to deliver their brand of high-octane, no-nonsense rock to their followers in the UK and Europe once again.

By hitting the road again, Blacktop are only adding to their heritage as a live band: they’ve played with Deep Purple, Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Focus, Thunder, Wilko Johnson, Wishbone Ash and many more. And you don’t get to rub shoulders with those kind of artists without good reason. Audiences hungry for authentic, gutsy blues are never left disappointed, and neither will they be this time around.

Blacktop Deluxe are back to their original ‘power trio’ roots. Guitarist and vocalist Keith Howe has been busy writing a truly awesome new raft of material, while drummer Alan Ibbotson and bassist Matt Roberts are back with more power (and tattoos) then ever, delivering a super-tight and aggressive rhythm section to serve up a live set that simply isn’t to be missed.


So do yourself, your ears and your soul a big favour and head to one of their gigs and become part of their loud and loyal following.

The boys are already booked at festivals throughout Cornwall this summer, and have several forthcoming gigs in the UK as well as an upcoming tour of the Netherlands.

So keep your eyes open for dates and catch them when you can because the guys are back, bigger and bluesier than ever.

‘Shakin’ Up The Bottle’ at Cube Recording Studio ..

Breaking News from KHB Towers is …..

The Band are very excited to be ‘Slidin’ into the wonderful Cube Recording Studios in November to record a new single ‘Shakin’ up The Bottle‘ to help promote their 2022 dates.

The Guys will be looking to release the single later this year, so keep your your ears (and your eyes, as there might be a video too !) open.

Meanwhile please check out the website ‘Shop’ page https://keithhowemusic.com/shop  for existing Music, T- Shirts etc.

KHB

 

Making Memories at The Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival – Aug 8th 2021.

The Band are warmly reflecting back on their first ever appearance, as they played  this years Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival on Sunday at The Barbican, Plymouth, UK.

The Guys were delighted with the reception the Band got from the 300/400 audience who had braved the UK weather right over the weekend, to listen to some fine music.

The boys one hour set included songs from the 2019 release ‘That’s The Vibe’ plus favourites from the Blue on Black and Blacktop Deluxe back catalogue and was so very well received.

Keith, Alan, Terry and Harry welcomed the sunshine back to the crowd as they kicked off with ‘Crank It Up’ which set the scene for the afternoon and as ‘Paper Cup’ followed, it drifted over the crowd suspended with beautiful harmonies.

Alan‘s Drums were the only Thunder present as first ‘The Wine’ then ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ took centre stage soaking the audience with some sizzling’ Slide Guitar, Blues/Rock.

The Crowd responded enthusiastically As ‘Gig Ready’ funked up the afternoon before the classic ‘Man Down’ brought them listening so intently to the songs ‘lost guitar hero’ references, you could hear a pin drop between Keith‘s vocals.

Back into the groove with ‘Money in my pocket’ before the audience were treated to the guys trading licks off each other, as they cruised through ‘Seventh Son’ with that infectious, Santana/Latin feel to it.

Steve continued to light up the stage during the songs middle section with some very tasteful guitar work then Terry & Alan‘s joint question and answer groove caught everyone’s attention, rounded of by some jaw dropping percussion from Alan.  The Crowd loved it and showed just how much as the number crescendoed to its end.

The penultimate song was a true ‘summers breeze’ version of J J Cale’s ‘Magnolia’ with beautiful guitar work from both the guys, then it was time to fire up the ‘Black Cadillac’ as the Band launched into their final song for the afternoon.

All in all, it was a magical first outing for the Band and one which created some memorable moments to savour.

If you were there, Thank You so much for helping us make those memories and if not, hopefully we will catch you at a gig soon ?

Keith, Alan, Terry & Steve – The Keith Howe Band

Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival gets closer

The KHB are getting closer to their first gig as Plymouth’s infamous Blues N Jazz Festival approaches.

Keith last played this Festival back in 2017 when his Band ‘Blacktop Deluxe’ headlined the Saturday night, this time he returns with the new Keith Howe Band (KHB) including long time friend Alan Ibbotson on Drums nd Vocals, Terry Gill on Bass and Vocals and ‘Harry’ (Steve Evans) on lead guitar and Vocals.

The Guys will be playing an hour’s set on Sunday August 8th (Band due on stage  approx 14.30) and are very excited to be making it their inaugural gig.

The Festival runs rom Friday Aug 6th through to Sunday August 8th at ‘The Barbican’, Plymouth, Devon UK – Admission free.

Hope to see some of you there.