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 outfitBlacktop Deluxeare 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,Blacktopare 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 Deluxeare back to their original ‘power trio’ roots. Guitarist and vocalist Keith Howehas 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.
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 Harrywelcomed 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 ?
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.
Sadly, due to the ongoing uncertainty with when and how live music can return, I have taken the difficult decision to write off this year for ‘The Keith Howe Band’ and therefore I am cancelling all of our remaining shows (the ones that haven’t already been pulled that is) for 2020.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all the wonderful venues and performers that are also trying to survive through these strange times.
Hopefully (all things being equal) we might be able to organise dates some time in the future ?
This has been a hard decision to make but as three of us have ‘shielding’ health issues, I would obviously not want to put anyone at risk (so far we haven’t even been able to schedule rehearsals) and with the current situation so volatile, it seems the best decision to make.
We wish that you all continue to keep safe during these strange times and hope to see you all on the other side.