The much-beloved and influential Black Top Records label, formed in 1981 by brothers Nauman S. Scott, III and Hammond Scott, is being resurrected by the good folks at Hep Cat Records, the in-house roots imprint of catalog retailer Collector's Choice Music.
Based in New Orleans and specializing in blues music and R&B, the label often used local musicians, or members of the Austin, Texas club Antone's house band, to back its artists in the studio. Black Top's first release was Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets' Talk To You By Hand; by the time that the brothers shuttered the label in 1999, Black Top had released over 100 albums.
Hep Cat released its first batch of Black Top reissues last summer, beginning with the aforementioned Funderburgh album, as well as titles like Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers' Blues in the Dark and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters' Surrounded by Love.
This week, another handful of Black Top titles were reissued by Hep Cat, including Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters' Soul Searching, the James Harman Band's Do Not Disturb, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers' Alphabet Blues, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets' She Knocks Me Out, and Sam Myers & Anson Funderburgh's My Love Is Here To Stay.
The Black Top Records back catalog includes important album releases from blues artists like Anson Funderburgh, Nappy Brown, Ronnie Earl, Earl King, Guitar Shorty, W.C. Clark, and Lonnie Brooks, among others, many of which will be resurrected in the future by Hep Cat. Many of the label's titles have been out-of-print for over a decade, and we look forward to seeing them made available for blues fans once again.
Check out the Collector's Choice Music website for more details on these Black Top reissues.
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