Black Top - Hot Love And Hard Liquor
Black Top is a smoking blues rock trio with a rock ’n roll attitude. Singer bass player Martin van Hills completed the trio in 2013 with new comers Elmer Meijers on guitar and Roger Bourbon on drums. With two young guns he plays the songs from the two succesfull albums ‘Rough ’n Gritty’ and ‘Sour Milk’ and ads some traditionals. Black Top has an original take on blues rock and plays classic rock songs with respect for the tradition.
The dutch based Black Top came onto the scene with the debut album ‘Rough ’n Gritty’ in 2008. The album got good reviews and was distributed world wide. The band build a following and earned the reputation of being a great live act. The trio presented the second album ‘Sour Milk’ at a sold out Paradiso Amsterdam, which is one of the most prestegious venues in the Netherlands.
Black Top plays mostly original material and ads songs from bands such as ZZ-Top en AC/DC.
Martin van Hills (born Anne-Maarten van Heuvelen) from Arnhem the Netherlands came back from living in New York and decided he was going to make music his career. With his roots firmly in the blues, he started singing and playin (double) bass with the fifties style blues band the Marble Tones. After that he was one of the founders of Arabicana with NO blues. He toured all through Europe, the US and South America with his own bands and as side man for artists such as Tracy Bonham (US).
The twenty one year old Elmer Meijers from Dordrecht (NL) started playing guitar at the tender age of six). His father tought him the tricks and when Elmer heard AC/DC with High Voltage he new what he was going tob e when he grew up; rock guitar player.
Roger Bourbon and Elmer Meijers met at the Rockacademy in his home town Tilburg. The two decided that they wanted tob e in a blues rock band together when Black Top came along. Roger is drummer for Black Top and Tank86 and plays guitar in Duskhead. Elmer and Roger did their first European tour as rythme section for the Russian band The Grand Astoria.
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