Blacktop Deluxe

Rockin' The Blues

PRESENCE & GAIN (digital album)

£9.00

Presence & Gain.

Our long awaited 2nd Album, released November 2015.

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THANK YOU so much downloading our 13 Track, 2nd Album.

Track 1.  Crank It Up

Track 2. Standing In The Blues

Track 3. Black Jack

Track 4. One Step At A Time

Track 5. It Don’t Work Like That

Track 6. Right Side Of Wrong

Track 7.  Chasin’ Snakes

Track 8. New Money

Track 9. Suds & Crow

Track 10. Gibraltar Barn

Track 11. Too Little Too Late

Bonus Track

Track 12.  Man Down

Track 13. It Don’t Work Like That (Radio Edit)

 

Here’s some of what Pete Feenstra (Music Promoter, & Journalist) has to say about the album :-

“What’s in a name?

Blacktop Deluxe turns out to be motoring metaphor – Blacktop for the highway, and Deluxe for the style.

It’s a name that captures the band’s musical sophistication, natural drive (no pun intended) and their exhilarating music, a bit like cruising down the highway in a Cadillac perhaps?

It comes as something of a surprise to learn that Black Top Deluxe is only 25 months old. The band’s musical roots reach back much further of course, (Keith’ fronted Blue On Black for many years – they once toured with Deep Purple)- but such has been BTD’s impact on the blues rock scene that you imagine they have always been with us.

The Cornish power trio have worked hard to overcome their geographic isolation in the South West of England and the machinations of an independently financed career, to forge their own path.

So far, they have cut two highly regarded EP/CD’s, and the ironically titled ‘Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard’, a debut album that cleverly showcased their musical diversity. ,

Now comes ‘Presence & Gain’ an album that by rights should reap them rich reward

Their career has so far explored the familiar tour, record, tour cycle, except that front man Keith Howe’s material has struck a chord with blues rock fans, suggesting the band have deeper layers to explore.

If some of their songs reflect the struggle of being in a working band, it’s counterbalanced by a musical exuberance that is fortified by the big studio environment of the new album and an unabashed enthusiasm so rare in road hardened outfits.

And while it’s not unusual for a blues band to pen meaningful songs, Black Top Deluxe invest their rocking blues with the kind of wry observations and autobiographical reflections that has seen them connect with audiences from Saltash to Amsterdam.

The songs reflect a working equilibrium that is for the most part born of Keith Howe’s lyrics and fellow band members, drummer Alan Ibbotson and bass Guitarist Rob Martin collaboration on the music.

Keith Howe likens the core of his song writing process to actually playing the blues. As he told blues writer Michalis Limnios, it’s all about: “Believing in yourself and playing music from the heart is the soul of The Blues.  When you reach inside of yourself and say ‘this is me’ that’s when The Blues comes out.”

Howe is a brusque vocalist who digs deep to evoke lyrical meaning. He’s also a versatile guitarist who mixes power chords with moments of intricate dexterity and he also knows the value of tonal variation.

His solo’s have as much substance and punch and his lyrics, which are imbued with an unflinching honesty that draws the listener in. There are echoes of Kossoff in his choice of tone, notes and use of dynamics and his intense soloing traces a historic lineage from Mike Bloomfield through Walter Trout to the spontaneous belligerence of David Grissom.

The result is a triple whammy of insightful verses, booming choruses and tension busting solos, while the rhythm section of Alan Ibbotson and Rob Martin nails the bottom end and pushes Keith to the apex of his abilities.

He’s been recognised by high profile peers such as Walter Trout and Joe Bonamassa, no mean feet in a crowded musical market place, while the band has grown and developed it’s own signature sound.

Black Top Deluxe thrives on a creative restlessness usually associated with band’s half their age. Both the material and the musical interplay suggests a hunger that is only ever likely to be satiated by reaching for the next level.

So while the ironically titled debut album ‘‘Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard’ showcased the band’s musical diversity, song writing ability and finely honed chops, the new album lives up to its name with slicker production values, resonant tones, and some thoughtful sequencing that gives it an organic feel.

‘Presence’ comprises 13 Tracks including the bonus ‘Man Down’ and the radio edit of ‘It Don’t Work Like That’.

Pete Feenstra.