Blacktop Deluxe

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Blacktop Bow Out ….

Posted by on 26, Jul, 2017

Blacktop Bow Out ….

Blacktop Deluxe will be disbanding after finishing our current gig commitments for 2017. Since the Bands formation in March 2013, we have released two EP’s, two Albums plus a single, played some amazing gigs, and met some wonderful people. The Band would like to sincerely thank all of the Venue’s, Promoters and Fans who have supported us and bought our music over the past 4 years. If you haven’t...

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Blacktops confirmed for the Midland Blues Festival

Posted by on 26, Apr, 2017

Blacktops confirmed for the Midland Blues Festival

News just in that the The Blacktops will be one of three acts at this years ‘Midlands Blues Festival’ on Saturday June 3rd. The events being held at the awesome M.F.N. club Shipley Gate, Nottingham, NG16 3JE  and will be headlined by Aynsley Lister with Blacktop Deluxe and Red Butler making up the trio of acts. Tickets are priced at £12.00 (doors open at 7.00pm) and are available...

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Blacktop’s at No 25 in ‘Cornwall’s Music List, Top 50’

Posted by on 20, Feb, 2017

Blacktop’s at No 25 in ‘Cornwall’s Music List, Top 50’

The Blacktop’s are rightly proud to be sitting at No 25 in “Cornwall Music List: 50 of the biggest and best musicians in Cornwall today”. Sitting just below the famous ‘Tim Renwick at No 26’, The Top’s new line up (after just 12 months together) are as pleased as punch to be half way to the top of the list. The List, complied by Lee Trewhela for...

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Blacktops Back The British Blues ‘Bonanaza’

Posted by on 16, Jan, 2017

Blacktops Back The British Blues ‘Bonanaza’

The Band are very excited to be part of the first (more events planned) ‘British Blues Bonanza’ Festival on the 30th April this year. Skyfire Interactive Ltd in association with Firebrand Radio are organising this first event at Studio 2 in Liverpool and The Blacktops are proud to be a part of it. This from ‘Rick Palin’ the event organiser ….. ” Well exciting...

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2017 – The Year of The Blacktop’s ?

Posted by on 30, Dec, 2016

2017 – The Year of The Blacktop’s ?

Interview with a Blacktop Well 2016 has been a pretty amazing year for The Blacktop’s. Over an ‘Americano’ or two, I caught up with Keith and we took some time to chat over the past years events. “Well I started January, looking at a Band Line up, just containing me” Keith said. He remembered reluctantly having to phone and cancel all the year’s early gigs (many at short notice) while he...

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Lovin’ The ‘Limelight’

Posted by on 30, Dec, 2016

Lovin’ The ‘Limelight’

January’s Blues in Britain Magazine has a wonderful review of our inaugural gig at Queens Park Arts Centre‘s Limelight Theatre in November. The review was written by Bron Harvey and adorned by one of the photographs taken by her husband (Laurence Harvey) on the night.  ...

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Seasons Greetings from The Blacktop’s

Posted by on 23, Dec, 2016

Seasons Greetings from The Blacktop’s

As we look back on 2016, what an amazing, first seven months it’s been for the new, four piece, ‘Blacktop Deluxe’. It’s been an absolute honour and a pleasure to play some great stages in 2016 and on behalf of us all, sincere thanks to all the Promoters, Festivals, Clubs, DJ’s and Fans who have supported the Band’s new line up and believed in us enough to give the Blacktop’s opportunity to play...

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Doing ‘Brunch’ with The Blacktop’s

Posted by on 23, Dec, 2016

Doing ‘Brunch’ with The Blacktop’s

Well it’s nearly time for The Blacktop’s to hang up their Christmas stockings, but before they do, they are in the Studio,  at the request of  Nigel Day‘s  to record a new ‘Show Intro’ for his Radio Show ‘Blues Brunch‘ aired on, to be aired on NCB New’ Years day NCB...

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The ‘Blues’ beneath our Wings !

Posted by on 21, Nov, 2016

The ‘Blues’ beneath our Wings !

Well Three ‘Stonkin’ gigs last week with Blacktop Deluxe. Huge thanks go out to our friend Derek White (Bass player with Larry Miller & Storm Warning amongst others) and his lovely wife Ali, for all their help, putting up with us and offering us such wonderful hospitality. SO, Thursday saw the Band open for the fabulous Marcus Malone Band at Pete‘s The Beaverwood Club in...

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Back in ‘The Charts’ again

Posted by on 6, Oct, 2016

Back in ‘The Charts’ again

Great to see our Album ‘Presence & Gain’ back in at No 26 in the IBBA 50  Most Played Artists for September 2016. “Crank It Up, Crank It Up, It’s just what we do”...

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Wow What A Weekend at The Wharf !

Posted by on 6, Oct, 2016

Wow What A Weekend at The Wharf !

The Tops shared an awesome Saturday gig at The Wharf venue in Tavistock, Devon, when they appeared alongside The Kris Barras Band for en evening of Red Hot n Rockin’ Blues. Both Bands played to a great and appreciative audience and delivered two stonking sets of original music.  

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Rockin’ The Blues at RockFest

Posted by on 27, Sep, 2016

Rockin’ The Blues at RockFest

WOW!! What an amazing day at this years  4th Annual Kent Bluesrockfest at Leo’s Red Lion in Gravesend last Saturday !! The Top’s delivered a ‘Stonking’ set of Brit’ Blues Rock to an almost Sold Out audience and shared the day with some other great acts (Headlined by The Steve Nimmo Trio). We’ve already had so many great photos of the day (with lots more plus...

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Double Airplay this Wednesday

Posted by on 20, Sep, 2016

Double Airplay this Wednesday

Two chances to hear some Blacktop Deluxe this week with both broadcasts on Wednesday evening (21st) courtesy of Rock Radio UK. First up it’s ‘Spins From The Bins’ with Tony Corner, broadcast between 6-8pm UK Time Followed by ‘The Blues Club’ with Jim McNeill 8.00pm – 10.00pm (UK Time) repeated on Saturday midnight (UK Time). … The Blues Club is also...

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Fabulous Festival Fortnight :-)

Posted by on 19, Sep, 2016

Fabulous Festival Fortnight :-)

Wow ! what a fortnight we have in store ? The next three gigs for Blacktop Deluxe, sees us on the boards alongside some other great artists including Steve Nimmo, The Mentulls, The Rainbreakers, Red Butler, Catfish, Jack J Hutchinson, Born Healer, Robin Bibi, awesome stuff !! Saturday September 24th its KentBluesRockFest  with Steve Nimmo Trio, The Mentulls, Red Butler, Jack Hutchinson, Catfish,...

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Brilliant Gig at ‘The Borough’.

Posted by on 5, Sep, 2016

Brilliant Gig at ‘The Borough’.

What a night the Band had returning to The Borough Blues Club at their new venue within the Cwmbran Rugby Club complex. A full house rocked the evening away with many people turning up from our recent gig at Abertillery Blues Festival for ‘second helpings’ 🙂 The Band were also booked on the night for the Saturday of next years Abertillery Blues & Rock Festival. Awesome...

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Holiday Top’s

Posted by on 20, Aug, 2016

Holiday Top’s

Sooo ! After a very hectic but amazing few weeks of Festival and Club gigs, it’s ‘Holiday Tops’ for the rest of this month as the Guys take some well earned R&R with their Families. Meanwhile, there’s still plenting happening in the background (all will be revealed soon ) and our next gig will be at the brilliant Borough Blues Club on Saturday September 3rd, the boys...

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Selfie’ on The Blues Stage !

Posted by on 9, Aug, 2016

Selfie’ on The Blues Stage !

Well !! The Tops had an awesome weekend gigging at The Fox and Hounds, Heacham on the Friday then topped by our Saturday set on the ‘Blues Stage’ at this years Cambridge Rock Festival before finishing the day off with a ROCKIN’ gig at the wonderful Walnut Tree Shades in Norwich. Our CRF set a special highlight of the weekend playing to a packed audience (the Band played their...

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C’mon Cambridge

Posted by on 2, Aug, 2016

C’mon Cambridge

The Band is back home in Cornwall for 4 days R&R (after our three awesome days at The Maryport Blues Festival) before heading off on Friday (5th) for another three, cracking Blacktop Deluxe gigs. The score’s on the doors for this coming weekend are ………………………………………….. Friday Aug 5th,...

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Magical Maryport !

Posted by on 2, Aug, 2016

Magical Maryport !

Soooo, we’re back home for a few days R&R after three awesome days at this years Maryport Blues Festival. We are absolutely thrilled to have played to so many wonderful and supportive people,with four great gigs over the long weekend. Thank you Maryport for having us, we had an awesome time, what a great festival! Here’s a shot from our Saturday gig at The Netherhall Old Boys...

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Over 10,000 reasons to ‘Top’ it off at Helstonbury :-)

Posted by on 26, Jul, 2016

Over 10,000 reasons to  ‘Top’  it off at Helstonbury    :-)

The Blacktops were very proud to have been a part of this years ‘Helstonbury’ Festival. Now in its 15th year, the Festival has raised money for local charities since it began and has forged a great reputation  (notorious locally) for a packed weekend of quality live music, featuring the majority of local Bands and Artists. This year more than 50 Acts played the three stages over the...

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Miner Incident at our Video Shoot !

Posted by on 21, Jul, 2016

Miner Incident at our Video Shoot !

The Band had an incredible time on Wednesday shooting the video for the new single, ‘Robinson’s Shaft’. The song’s revolves around the trials and tribulations of ‘Mining’ so not surprisingly the Guys found an amazing location  of the training mine at  ‘The Camborne School of Mines’ in Troon, Cornwall (courtesy of ‘Gus’ and Mark’...

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Postcard from a Norfolk, Wales Weekend

Posted by on 12, Jul, 2016

Postcard from a Norfolk, Wales Weekend

Well what a whirlwind of a weekend that was ! Five gigs for the Blacktops in three days and what five gigs they were !  Hunstanton was first on the Friday with our first visit to The Waterfront Bar, then off to Dereham on Saturday for three gigis throughout the afternoon & evening as part of The Dereham Blues Festival (special thanks to all of those who joined us for the first gig then...

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Making a Dash for it !

Posted by on 2, Jul, 2016

Making a Dash for it !

And ………………….. were very proud to be touring with the assistance of another great Cornish company ‘Dash Drive’. So The Tops will be taking to the highways and byways  in this Bad Boy , You have been warned !...

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Your Blacktops Need YOU!

Posted by on 22, Jun, 2016

Your Blacktops Need YOU!

We’re in the press again ! Great piece about our nomination in the British Blues Awards in this weeks Cornish Guardian, West Briton and Cornishman newspapers. It’s still not too late to vote, we would very much appreciate it! We’re absolutely thrilled to be up for awards alongside another Cornish band, Willie and The Bandits. You can drop them a vote...

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Vote ‘Blacktop’ :-)

Posted by on 3, Jun, 2016

Vote ‘Blacktop’  :-)

And so it begins … ! Voting is now open in this years British Blues Awards. Blacktop Deluxe are so excited to be one of the finalists in the ‘Emerging Artist’ category and we would really appreciate your vote. So if you can spare the time, please visit http://www.britishbluesawards.co.uk/vote.htm as we can’t do it without you and every vote will count. British Blues...

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Watford here we come !

Posted by on 28, May, 2016

Watford here we come !

Blacktop Deluxe have been added to the bill at The Horns in Watford as they stop off on their way home from the RockFest festival in Gravesend the previous night. They will make a trio of acts playing that night including The Mentulls and The Rainbreakers. Why not joins us for a night of amazing Blues/Rock? Tickets £10 in advance (£8 for WRC Members) from...

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Live on this Saturday’s Rock Monster Show

Posted by on 20, May, 2016

Live on this Saturday’s Rock Monster Show

Live interview with Phil ‘Pyro Petty’ courtesy of The Rock Monster Show on Vectis Radio this Saturday evening. Talking all thing Blacktop Deluxe plus playing a couple of tracks from our latest Album ‘Presence & Gain’. Hope you can tune in from 10.00pm GMT. Vectis Radio – Rock Monster...

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Blacktop’s nominated in the 2016 Brit’ Blues Awards !

Posted by on 17, May, 2016

Blacktop’s nominated in the 2016 Brit’ Blues Awards !

The Tops are absolutely delighted to be nominated in the ‘Emerging Act’ category of this years British Blues Awards. The 7th presentation event will be held on 11th September 2016 at Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire, as part of the Newark Blues Festival 10th – 11th September 2016.  Always a favourite with the fans, this will be a free event with a garden party atmosphere, taking...

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VIDEO: First Peek at Four-Piece ‘Tops!

Posted by on 8, May, 2016

VIDEO: First Peek at Four-Piece ‘Tops!

Blacktop Deluxe go up to FOUR !! Here’s a video of our cover of  Willie Dixon’s “Seventh Son” a la Blacktop. Captured live at our very first gig with the refuelled line-up. We were so touched by all the incredible comments and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to hear such kind words. Video courtesy of the lovely Corinne Gilbard (Now on our YouTube...

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Four on The Floor at The Union

Posted by on 8, May, 2016

Four on The Floor at The Union

We did it! The Four (Black) Tops pictured here at midnight under the bridge and down by the water in Saltash after our very first gig with the refuelled line-up. We were so touched by all the incredible comments and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to hear such kind words. We’re back out again on June 11 at the Bridge on Wool in Wadebridge. But before that we’re off...

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The Four Tops !

Posted by on 3, May, 2016

The Four Tops !

Blacktop Deluxe are back with a bang – bringing a new lineup and single to the blues rock scene. The band has taken some time to retune the engine over the winter and return having fitted some aftermarket parts as they move from a trio to a four-piece. The signature brand of guitar-driven blues rock remains – with singer/guitarist Keith Howe at the forefront of the action but now...

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Tops in The Studio

Posted by on 28, Apr, 2016

Tops in The Studio

Creative energy was flowing from all four Blacktop members in the studio last weekend as they captured a brand new song to tape. They had a great time with producer Gareth Young (who worked on both Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard and Presence & Gain) and are incredibly proud of the result. They’ll have something to share with you very soon, but until then, the new line up is gearing up...

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Blacktop’s ‘Hit The Trail’

Posted by on 18, Mar, 2016

Blacktop’s ‘Hit The Trail’

The Band are delighted to have been asked back to play this years Maryport Blues Festival Trail. They will be playing across all three days (Friday 29th to  Sunday 31st of July)  with the Venues and times to be confirmed shortly. Early Bird Tickets for The Festival and Trail plus full details of the line up can be found at :- Maryport Blues Festival 2016 You can also email them at:-...

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Dereham Blues Festival 2016

Posted by on 13, Mar, 2016

Dereham Blues Festival 2016

Just announced, Blacktop’s to play at this years Dereham Blues Festival. The Band will play three venues on Saturday July 9th as part of this years “12 Bars O’ Blues” 4.00-5.00pm The Royal Standard, 7.00- 8.00pm Saity’s Bar and 9.00-11.00pm The Gemini.… ” Dereham will be bustling with some of the finest blues artists from the UK and beyond descending on...

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Abertillery Blues Festival 2016 – Blacktops to Headline The Sunday Night.

Posted by on 27, Feb, 2016

Abertillery Blues Festival 2016 – Blacktops to Headline The Sunday Night.

Just announced – Blacktop Deluxe will be headlining the Sunday evening of this years Abertillery Rock and Blues Festival being held over the weekend Friday July 8th – Sunday July 10th. Full details of this great Festival including Line Up’s, Timings and Ticket details can be found on the Festival Website Abertillery Rock and Blues Festival...

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Up to No 16 in the Caroline Countdown

Posted by on 20, Feb, 2016

Up to No 16 in the Caroline Countdown

This Thursday’s Radio Caroline Countdown of the 40 Albums picked for play rotation, saw ‘Presence & Gain’ move up to no 16 with an average of two tracks per day  getting airtime on the this great station. Real honour for our ‘self release ‘ to be included in this Top 40 and even nicer to be sitting just above Billy Gibbons latest release.

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Two Festival dates confirmed today.

Posted by on 6, Feb, 2016

Two Festival dates confirmed today.

The Tops are delighted to announce two Festival slots today. Cambridge Rock Festival  – The Tops play The Blues Stage on Saturday August 6th. Rockfest 2016  – The Tops join The Steve Nimmo Trio, The Mentulls, Red Butler, Jack J Hutchinson Band and Catfish for a wonderful day of Blues/Rock. Full details available here on the website ‘Tour’ page

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12th in the December IBBA Charts

Posted by on 29, Jan, 2016

12th in the December IBBA Charts

Just a month after its release, ‘Presence & Gain’ finished 2015 at No 12 in the UK Independent Blues Broadcasting Association Charts. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for January’s...

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Great to be at ’28’ !

Posted by on 24, Jan, 2016

Great to be at ’28’ !

Our Album ‘Presence & Gain’ has entered the Radio Caroline Countdown Album charts at No 28 just below David Gilmour, David Bowie and Billy Gibbons, not bad company to share eh ! Here’s what the countdown chart has to say … “Blacktop Deluxe are another band from the West Country and their 2014 debut album “Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard”peaked at 12 in...

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Top Tweet from The Rocking Magpie !

Posted by on 12, Jan, 2016

Top Tweet from The Rocking Magpie  !

British Blues Rock is Still Alive and Kicking”. Here’s a great review of our 2nd Album ‘Presence & Gain’ by ‘The Rocking Magpie’. Album Review from ‘The Rocking Magpie’.    

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Listen again and again to and again …..

Posted by on 12, Jan, 2016

Listen again and again to and again …..

Keith’s recent interview with Pete Feenstra (where he chats about the Band and play tracks from ‘Presence & Gain’ and from other albums that have influenced him along the years) is now available on ‘mixcloud’ to listen too at your leisure. Enjoy. Keith’s interview wit Pete Feenstra...

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Keith’s interview with Pete Feenstra 03/01/16

Posted by on 4, Jan, 2016

Keith’s interview with Pete Feenstra 03/01/16

If you missed Pete’s interview with Keith, aired last night (03/01/16) or just want to hear it again, it will be repeated this Tuesday (05/01/16) after Pete’s ‘Rock & Blues Show’ on www.getreadytorockradio.com which starts at 19.00 Hrs GMT. It will also be put up on ‘Mixcloud’ shortly and that link will appear here as soon as its available. Meanwhile....

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Happy New Year from The Tops ….

Posted by on 1, Jan, 2016

Happy New Year from The Tops ….

From ‘Team Blacktop’ .. “Heartfelt Thanks to all our friends and fans for their support and encouragement this year. We are really looking forward to a very exciting year ahead and can’t wait to share it all with you. Happy New Year and our very best wishes for the best of times to you all in 2016”.  

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New Year starts with a Blacktop Interview

Posted by on 1, Jan, 2016

New Year starts with a Blacktop Interview

Pete Feenstra ” Just done an enjoyable interview with Keith Howe  (far right in this picture) from Blacktop Deluxe for the first 2016 , Pete Feenstra Feature. The Pete Feenstra Rock & Blues Show on ‘Get Ready To Rock” Radio. Keith picks his 15 significant and influential tracks. Programme playlist Blacktop Deluxe – ‘Crank It Up’ from ‘Presence & Gain’ on BTD…...

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Videos and reviews added

Posted by on 13, Dec, 2015

Videos and reviews added

Check out the ‘Videos & Reviews’ page for new Album Reviews and Tracks as they come in. Three new Videos and three new Reviews of the new Album ‘Presence & Gain’ added today.

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Getting ‘On Target’ for a New Year, with a New Line Up.

Posted by on 13, Dec, 2015

Getting ‘On Target’ for a New Year, with a New Line Up.

After an amazing Year for the Band and just returning from another successful tour of The Netherlands, Alan and Keith are going into their Christmas Break by announcing forthcoming line up changes for The Tops. This will be in pursuance of playing their current Album material live on stage and the Band’s plans for the future. So it’s  – New Year, New Line Up,  but it will...

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Album Reviews coming in …..

Posted by on 25, Nov, 2015

Album Reviews coming in …..

We are already getting some great reviews of the new Album, including this one by Gareth Bartlett in “The Cornishman”, The Cornish Guardian” and “The West Briton”. “MOVIN’ Up A Gear might have been a track from last year’s debut Blacktop Deluxe album, but it could easily have been the title of its follow-up. While Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard nudged...

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Third date in The Netherlands added.

Posted by on 20, Nov, 2015

Third date in The Netherlands added.

Our third November date in The Netherlands has just been confirmed at the famous “De Nozem & De Non” or “The Beatnick &The Nun” formerly known as the Famous “Donkey Shot”, played by many famous names over the years. The Band is now playing :- Friday 27th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th (full details here on our website). Really looking forward to...

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Blues in Britain Album Review

Posted by on 7, Nov, 2015

Blues in Britain Album Review

The first review’s of our 2nd Album ‘Presence & Gain’ are starting to come in, including one in this months edition of ‘Blues in Britain’ (page 32). Meanwhile lots of airplay for the album over the past few days, especially the single ‘It Don’t Work Like That’. Happy Bunnies...

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Presence & Gain goes out into the big wide world

Posted by on 2, Nov, 2015

Presence & Gain goes out into the big wide world

Well the pre-ordered copies of our 2nd Album have all been despatched and so far the reaction has been wonderful, including :- “F*CKING AWESOME” “Stunning brilliance, fantastic track followed by fantastic track, the only thing that could possibly top will be to see you play the album live” “What a Great Album, already listened several times and it just gets better...

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It’s Arrived !!!!!

Posted by on 27, Oct, 2015

It’s Arrived !!!!!

Woo Hoo !!!! Our 2nd Album ‘Presence & Gain’ has just arrived in our grubby little hands. Pre-Orders are already on their way to those wonderful people who have helped us get the Album to reality. An official, Album Release gig will be announced soon,  meanwhile, we’ve loaded up the Album here to buy and/or download, please check out the ‘Merch’ page where you...

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2nd Album Ahoy !!

Posted by on 3, Oct, 2015

2nd Album Ahoy !!

Well it’s taken a little longer than we anticipated but our 2nd Album’s very close to realisation now. The artwork’s just going through its final proof red/check then it’s off to D.M.S. for replication. It’ll take approx.  3/4 weeks to produce so late by late October we will be fulfilling all the pre-orders for the fine people who’ve already paid us ther money...

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Tops Airplay on Pete’s Rock & Blues show

Posted by on 25, Aug, 2015

Tops Airplay on Pete’s Rock & Blues show

Just a ‘Heads Up’ that Pete Feenstra will be including a track from our debut Album, ‘Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard’ on his ‘Rock & Blues’ show, tonight (25/08/15) from 19.00 GMT. You can tune in here :- http://www.getreadytorockradio.com/pete_feenstra.htm

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Blacktop’s on ‘The Fringe’ !

Posted by on 12, Aug, 2015

Blacktop’s on ‘The Fringe’ !

Latest date to come into Blacktop Towers is Saturday September 19th down at The Golden Lion, St. Ives, Cornwall where they will perform as part of the famous annual Festival. Band kicks off around 21.00 and it’ll be rammed 🙂

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“Arr Yer going a’ Norfolk Boy ?”

Posted by on 5, Aug, 2015

“Arr Yer going a’ Norfolk Boy ?”

Ahh Haa …… The next  exciting episode of “Tales From The Blacktop’s” begins on Thursday (August 6th) as they travel to East Anglia for :- Thursday 6th – Live interview BBC Radio Norfolk (3.30 – 4.00 pm) Friday Aug 7th – Radio Caroline 11.30am Live interview with Barry James Friday Aug 7th – The Fox and Hounds, Heacham Saturday Aug 8th –...

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Presence & Gain

Posted by on 20, Jul, 2015

Presence & Gain

The title for our second album’s just been announced –  Presence & Gain. Its still looking on target for a late August release but more details to follow.  

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Change to August gig schedule

Posted by on 20, Jul, 2015

Just in. Unfortunately, the Thursday gig at The Golden Dog in Shipdham on August 6th has had to be cancelled. We are looking to replace this date and will let you know as soon as things are sorted.  

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Ahh Haa ! Radio Norfolk Interview sorted

Posted by on 15, Jul, 2015

Ahh Haa !     Radio Norfolk Interview sorted

News just in that the Band will be going into BBC Radio Norfolk on Thursday August 6th for an interview with their afternoon ‘jock’ Stephen Bumfrey around 3.30pm – 4.00pm before heading off to Shipdham for the first of 5 gigs in the 4 days. Stephen will be talking to the Guys about the mini tour and the new album due out in August, who knows they might even be playing a track...

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5th East Anglian date added to our August schedule

Posted by on 7, Jul, 2015

5th East Anglian date added to our August schedule

Just in and confirmed is the 5th gig added to our August East Anglian Tour dates in August. It’s The Punch Bowl, 37 New Road, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 1DN on Sunday Aug 9th. It’s a 2.00pm kick off as were closing the Wells-Next-The-Sea Festival in the evening. That’s 5 gigs in 4 days, Geddon !

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Tops at The Big Cornish Festival

Posted by on 26, Jun, 2015

Tops at The Big Cornish Festival

Delighted to announce that Blacktop Deluxe have just been confirmed for this amazing Festival. 11.00am until late, celebrating all things Cornish, featuring local talent and artists, Fun Fair, Stalls etc. etc. With a ‘Main Stage’, ‘Dance Stage’, ‘Temple Stage’ and ‘Underground Sounds Stage’, it’s going to be an amazing ‘family...

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2nd Holland Date confirmed

Posted by on 25, Jun, 2015

2nd Holland Date confirmed

The Tops have confirmed their 2nd Dutch date this year as Friday November 27th back at BijAbsoluut, Sint Michielsstraat. If last years gig is anything to go by, it’s gonna be another, ‘Rockin’ Night.

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2nd Album Getting closer …

Posted by on 23, Jun, 2015

2nd Album Getting closer …

The 2nd Album’s shaping up nicely with 12 tracks recorded now. Mixing starts next then it’ll be time to schedule a release date. Pre Ordered CD’s will be sent out first with a signed and personalised certificate....

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First 2015 Holland Gig confirmed

Posted by on 31, May, 2015

First 2015 Holland Gig confirmed

Whilst we’ve been in the Studio, confirmation of our 1st Gig in the Netherlands has come in, its a repeat booking of last years ‘Blues in Wijk ‘Bluesroute’ Festival at Café Ome Ko, wijk bij duurstede, Holland on the evening of Saturday November 2015. Last years gig was absolutely rammed and the Band had a stella gig, expect no less in November. More dates to...

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S, S, Studio

Posted by on 31, May, 2015

S, S, Studio

Well our apologies for not posting much in the last few days but have we been busy ? The Band have been camped in Cube Studio’s over the past few weeks creating and recording songs for the 2nd Album which we aim to get released this summer. So far the recording has been going really well and we’ve completed 10 tracks destined to be added to ‘Suds & Crow’ for  the yet...

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United we stood !

Posted by on 12, May, 2015

United we stood !

Great gig at The Union Inn last Saturday as always and the Band we’re ROCKIN’ ! Wonderful to see so many friends there and to make so many new ones too. Here’s a nice little mid-set photo, courtesy of one of our lovely...

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Album Teaser Single enters into the IBBA Chart

Posted by on 5, May, 2015

Album Teaser Single enters into the IBBA Chart

Our new Single ‘Suds & Crow’ put out last month as a ‘Teaser’ for the new Album due out this summer, has entered the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association charts at No 39. The Band head into the Recording Studio on May 21st to add the remaining 10 tracks for what should be a July/August release.

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“Man Down” live from our gig at Camden’s ‘Fiddler’s Elbow’.

Posted by on 26, Apr, 2015

“Man Down” live from our gig at Camden’s ‘Fiddler’s Elbow’.

Nice Video on You Tube courtesy of ‘Young Wrinkly’ of the Blue on Black song “Man Down” as performed by The Tops at The Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden in February this year. A brand new ‘Blacktop’ recording of this song will be featured as a ‘bonus track’ on the new Album due out this summer which you can pre-order via the ‘Merch’ page...

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Blues on The Beach

Posted by on 19, Apr, 2015

Blues on The Beach

It was a Red Hot n’ Rockin night last night as Blacktop Deluxe ripped into some Blues/Rock at The Mermaid Inn (The Pub on the Beach) in Porth (just outside Newquay). It was a local gig for the Guys which meant that a lot of friends made the gig and danced the night away to the backdrop of a drop dead gorgeous sunset.

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Rockin’ at The Wharf

Posted by on 19, Apr, 2015

Rockin’ at The Wharf

The Tops had a fantastic night at The Tavistock Wharf, returning in their own right after opening for Walter Trout last year and as part of their ‘Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard’ tour. The Audience rocked out to a 2 hour show and the Band had a great meet & greet session afterwards, selling more of their debut CD.

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“Suds & Crow”

Posted by on 29, Mar, 2015

“Suds & Crow”

  So here’ the new single, “Suds & Crow” available for you as a free download from our merchandise page and as an appetiser for our 2nd Album due out this Summer. The Promo’ Video is also available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/G5EhH6fCbPU or can be viewed here on our site. The Guys are very pleased with it’s “southern rock” vibe and strong,...

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Suds Video – Geddon’

Posted by on 26, Mar, 2015

Suds Video – Geddon’

The Band filmed the promo video for their new single ‘Suds & Crow’ yesterday at a secret location down in the West Country. The Video (and Track) will then be released (it is hoped in time for Easter) to promote the forthcoming Album (due for a summer release) with the song available to download ‘FREE’ via this site only. Keep your eyes peeled for more info as it...

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“Smoke me an ‘Olive’, I’ll be back in time for breakfast ” !

Posted by on 16, Mar, 2015

“Smoke me an ‘Olive’, I’ll be back in time for breakfast ”  !

Welcome aboard Mr. Rob Martin, who finally moves from a Smokin’ Olive to a Blacktop and all in just a few weeks ! Rob played his final gig with ‘The Smokin Olives’ on Saturday so now  he’s a fully payed up member of Blacktop Deluxe and makes his debut gig with the Band this weekend (Saturday 21st) at The Bridge on Wool in Wadebridge, Cornwall UK. Looking forward to...

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Back in the studio in May for Album No 2

Posted by on 4, Mar, 2015

Back in the studio in May for Album No 2

The Tops are booked back into Cube Studio’s at the end of May to start recording their 2nd Album. The single “Suds & Crow” will be released shortly (just waiting for the video to be completed) and offered as a ‘free download’ only from this site to promote the new Album. The Band have 12 new tracks destined for their second release (one of which will be the...

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Image is Everything

Posted by on 3, Mar, 2015

Image is Everything

Just like to share this with you all, as received from our good friend in Canada, Mr. Rob Scholl of ‘Scholl Defining Image’. Lovin’ your work as always...

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Early interest in our 2nd Album (Due for a Summer 2015 Release).

Posted by on 26, Feb, 2015

Early interest in our 2nd Album (Due for a Summer 2015 Release).

I’ve gotta say the Band has had some great reaction from our friends to our ‘New Album Pre Order’ offer here on our website, even before we’ve released the new single (which is very close now). If you would like to join in and help The Tops out, you can pre pay for their summer release via the paypal link below and receive your copy 1st along with a signed, numbered...

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Blacktop Deluxe announce their new ‘Anchorman’

Posted by on 26, Feb, 2015

Blacktop Deluxe announce their new ‘Anchorman’

The Tops are proud to announce their new Bass Man – Rob Martin. Rob will be ‘killing it’ on that Fender Jazz Bass and anchoring the groove alongside Alan from March 21st. The Band were delighted with the amount of people who came forward for the job and auditions were great with some awesome players involved. Our sincere thanks to all the players involved. Rob comes into The...

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Feedback from Fiddlers

Posted by on 16, Feb, 2015

Feedback from Fiddlers

Here’s a nice review of our Valentines gig at The Fiddlers Elbow in Camden over the weekend, courtesy of the promoters ‘The Wrinkly Rockers Club” ” Next up were Blacktop Deluxe who had made the ‘short’ trip from Cornwall after a gig last night!! Jet Lag didn’t show however as they launched into their set which is full of road driven Blues Rock....

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New Year- New Line Up !

Posted by on 8, Jan, 2015

New Year- New Line Up !

After a great 21 great months together, Tim is leaving the Band and his last gig with us will be Sat January 31st. A few people have already registered their interest in joining us and Alan and I will be sorting out auditions later this month, when we both return from a short holiday. Meanwhile, anyone else looking at the Blacktop Bass Slot, can get in touch with either Alan or Keith by  email...

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Tops in Dog Town !

Posted by on 19, Dec, 2014

Tops in Dog Town !

The 2nd Blacktop Prom Video for the debut Album ‘Turn Up, be Nice, Play Hard’ is nearing completion and will be up on You Tube (and on this website) for viewing before Christmas. This time the track used off the album is the foot stompin, Slidezilla – ‘Always Been A Sinner’. The Band were very happy to use Gareth and Cube Recording Studios to shoot the Vid and were...

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New Video Shoot next week

Posted by on 11, Dec, 2014

New Video Shoot next week

The Band are booked to shoot a follow up promotional video for the Album ‘Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard’ next week to compliment the Album launch release video  for ‘Shotgun Blues’. The track will be the Foot Stompin’, Slidezilla     ‘Always Been A Sinner’   . Although the locations a bit of a secret, it’s well known to the guys as its the local ...

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Still in The Charts !!

Posted by on 4, Dec, 2014

Still in The Charts !!

Well that was nice to come home too, our debut CD released in May 2014 is still sitting in the IBBA top 50 amongst such others as Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many more great artists. Way to go Blacktops 🙂

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Tops Return from three great gigs in The Netherlands

Posted by on 4, Dec, 2014

Tops Return from three great gigs in The Netherlands

The Bands first visit to The Netherlands was a resounding success with three great gigs over 3 days. The highlight was undoubtedly Saturday evenings performance as part of the ‘Blues in Wijk Kroegentocht 2014 Festival’ where The Tops, played a three hour set to a packed house with queues of people waiting outside and a strict one in, one out door policy. All three gigs were well...

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From Falmouth to Islington this weekend …

Posted by on 6, Nov, 2014

From Falmouth to Islington this weekend …

A nice ‘Brace’ of gigs coming up this weekend for Blacktop Deluxe. Friday Nov 7th is a great local gig for us  down at Finn M’couls in Falmouth, Cornwall  and then on Saturday Nov 8th, we share a stage with Wishbone Ash as part of their 40 Year Celebration tour of their ‘Live Dates’ Album at Islington Assembly Hall, London N1 2UD. Hope to see some of you over the...

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Camden date/venue change and 3rd Holland date added

Posted by on 3, Oct, 2014

Camden date/venue change and 3rd Holland date added

Just to keep you in the loop our December gig in Camden had now changed to Sunday December 14th 2014 at the legendary ‘Fiddlers Elbow’, can’t wait. Also, we have added a third date to our mini Holland tour in November. It’s Sunday November 30th at Den Heilige Cornelius, in Roermond NL. As always full details of our events can be found here on our ‘Tour’ page...

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Blacktops hit the Radio Caroline, top 40 Countdown

Posted by on 24, Sep, 2014

Blacktops hit the Radio Caroline, top 40 Countdown

The tops are very proud and a little humbled to see their Debut Album enter The Radio Caroline top 40 playlist after their appearance at Cambridge Rock Festival. The Album debuted at No 31  as a new entry on the latest Radio Caroline Countdown of Album Sounds. The Caroline Countdown is not based on sales or airplay and isn’t a chart in the conventional sense. It is simply a collection of 40...

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First Blacktop Dates in The Netherlands

Posted by on 6, Sep, 2014

First Blacktop Dates in The Netherlands

The ‘Tops’ are very happy to announce that they have just confirmed their first 2 dates in Holland courtesy of Bluesfarm Music Agency. They are :- Nov 28th  – bij Absoluut, St. Michielsgestel Nov 29th  – Café Ome Ko, Wijk bij Duurstede

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BBC Radio Norfolk Interview

Posted by on 1, Aug, 2014

BBC Radio Norfolk Interview

The Band will be going into BBC Radio Norfolk on Friday August 8th at 3.30pm to talk to Stephen Bumfrey on his very popular ‘Drive Time’ program. This interview precedes the Band first gig in Norfolk at The Queen Victoria in Snettisham before hitting the Afternoon stage at Cambridge Rock Festival on Saturday 9th and heading into Norwich for their Saturday evening gig at The Walnut...

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Blacktop Interview in this months Blues in Britain

Posted by on 29, Jul, 2014

Blacktop Interview in this months Blues in Britain

Blues in Britain August 2014 Edition The Tops Interview with the wonderful Brit Blues Mag, Blues in Britain came out recently in the August Edition. “In August’s issue we talk to Danny Bryant, Bernie Marsden and Philip Sayce.  Introducing themselves are Will Johns, Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral and Snake Mary. Blacktop Deluxe have the final word. Basingstoke Blues Club are the Club of the...

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