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1 . Biographies

Elevator Pitch Biog’….

Blacktop Deluxe, Original British Blues/Rock Outfit, performing ‘Weapons Grade’, Blues/Rock.

Short Biog’….

After years of sharing stages with the likes of ‘Deep Purple’, Joe Bonamassa’, ‘Walter trout’ and many more, the reformed Blacktop Deluxe are back touring their own brand of original, ‘Weapons Grade’, Blues/Rock.

Long Biog’…

Blacktop Deluxe formed in March 2013.

This British, Blues Rock / Hard Rock Trio released a 5 Track EP ‘Dark Horses’ within their first 2 months together, to wide acclaim, showcasing their very own ‘Signature Brand’ of Guitar driven, ‘Power House’ Rockin’ Blues with original songs ranging from the Bluesy ‘Money in my pocket’ through to the Rocky ‘Puttin Out Fire’ via the atmospheric ‘slide’ number ‘The Wine.

Having shared stages with Deep Purple, Joe Bonamassa, Robin Trower, Martin Barre, Focus & Walter Trout to name but a few, their eagerly awaited debut 11 Track Album ‘Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard’ was pleased to wide acclaim in Spring 2014. 

This was quicly followed by their second Album ‘Presence & Gain’ in the summer of 2015, again gaining many 5 Star reviews.

Following a short hiatus in 2017 followed by the enforced break suffered by many due to Covid, the Band reformed in July 2022  are now back on the road and touring.

Two new singles ( Different Story’ & ‘Boneyard Blues’ )  were released to promote forthcoming gigs in late August 2022.

Whilst their influences are many and varied, Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout and Rory Gallagher to name but a few, they also but pull in the best of Brit Blues/Rock from its seminal beginnings right up to tomorrow.

Their live performances have already been compared to many of their hero’s including Cream, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Taste & Johnny Winter.

A recent review described their music as “if you Take some early ZZ Top ,before they became commercial, add in some Sizzlin’ Slide Guitar, Mix in some Dire Straits (but with a more modern edge to it) and you’ll start to get an idea of their unique and irresistible Blues/Rock sound”. 

Consequently, the Bands original material is standing alongside the best of the best and regularly gains airplay worldwide.

For more information please visit https://www.keithhowemusic.com


2. Press Release

Official ‘Blacktop Deluxe’ press release date July 2022.

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.

3. Images



4. Music

Here is a selection of tracks  you might find on a ‘Blacktop Deluxe‘  set list

5. Video

Some of the video shot for  ‘Blacktop Deluxe’, ‘Blue on Black’  & Keith’s solo release ‘That’s The Vibe’.

6. Reviews

Here are a couple of links to reviews of Keith's latest release - 'That's The Vibe'.

March 17th 2019 – Get Ready To Rock (Pete Feenstra) review of ‘That’s the Vibe’.

Get Ready To Rock 4 Star Album Review

Feb 15th 2019 – ‘Rocking Magpie‘ review of That’s The Vibe


7. Highlights, Discogaphy, Achievements

Blue on Black – 2001 to 2012.

August 2001     –  Ignited We Stand                         Six track EP released
May 2003          –  Turning Up                                     Twelve track Album released
April 2007         –  Unsaid                                              Single recorded for  friend & artist Robin Elvin’s birthday, later released for general sale.
May 2007          –  In Transit                                         Ten track ‘Live’ album recorded in various venues around the UK.
Aug 2008          –  Band suspended                           Keith rushed into hospital with septicemia then diagnosed with Leukaemia. everything stops for chemotherapy & recovery time.
Sept 2009         – Suckin’ Out Venom                       Return to studio with Clive on drums and Paul on Bass to complete & release eleven track ‘album’  followed by return to live work.
Oct 2010           – Robert Johnson’s Door                Return to studio with new Drummer Nigel and Paul on Bass releasing a new fourteen track album  and video.
Jul 2012           –  The End.                                     Blue on Black call it a day after retiring from a very successful tour of The Netherlands..

Blacktop Deluxe – 2013 to 2018.

May 2013.           – Dark Horses                                     Keith & Alan form Blacktop Deluxe with bassist Tim Chapple, three track EP & video released
Feb 2014.           – Cligga Supersessions                   Live studio EP and video Four tracks. Only released as a download.
May 2014.           – Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard       Eleven track album & video released
May 2015.           – Presence & Gain                             Thirteen track album and video released with new Bass player Rob Martin
May 2016.           – Robinsons Shaft                             Blacktop become a 4 piece, following the departure of Rob & a sabbatical for Alan.  Keith is joined by new members GB, Dean & Jamie. Single/video released.
Dec 2017.           –  Disbands                                           The last gig is played in The Union Inn, Saltash, amongst many friends & Fans – Blacktop call it a day.

Keith Howe – 2019

Feb 2019.           – That’s The Vibe                                Keith’s first solo album and video released. Fourteen new tracks and 1 promotional video released.

Blacktop Deluxe – 2022 to ……..

July 2022.           – Reforms                                           Keith is rejoined by original drummer Alan Ibbotson and bassist Matt Roberts back with more power (& tattoos) then ever, delivering a super-tight & aggressive rhythm section to serve up a live set that simply isn’t to be missed.
August 2022.           – Boneyard Blues / Different Story
The reformed Blacktop return to Cube studios to release a double a sided single (download only) to promote their forthcoming gigs.  You Tube videos for both tracks are released simultaneously.

8. Social Media Links


Here are some Social Media links plus some of the streaming sites for Keith's music:-

Facebook.            https://www.facebook.com/KeithHoweBand           

Twitter.             https://twitter.com/howesolo
Instagram.           https://www.instagram.com/keithhoweband/

YouTube.             https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU8kFrO5_w0cg4lvXVShhvA

Spotify.             https://open.spotify.com/artist/74oeXGl5rLflQ5QFOhuuNu

BandCamp.            https://keithhowe.bandcamp.com/album/thats-the-vibe
CD Baby / Shazam.    https://www.shazam.com/artist/205453945/keith-howe         

9. Contact Info

To contact Keith and/or Blacktop Deluxe

You can:-
Phone - 07922804623
or use the contact from below :-