I guess not too many people will have heard of New Orleans singer/guitarist ERNIE VINCENT (pictured), even though he’s been making music since the 70s. The self-proclaimed “Dap King” (more of that later) along with his band, The Top Notes have never really broken out of the Crescent City’s music scene despite working with people like King Floyd, Ernie K-Doe, Rufus Thomas, ZZ Hill, Solomon Burke, and just about every popular R&B act that came through New Orleans.
Ernie and his Top Notes (now Bronson Tew on drums and Matt Patton bass) have recorded sporadically. Their most famous record was the ultra-funky ‘Dap Walk’ from which a certain, rather famous retro label took its name and inspiration!
Right now Ernie and the boys think the time is right to record more music and they’re preparing for the release of a ten track LP, aptly called ‘The Original Dap King’. As a taster, this Friday (28th October) the set’s first single is unleased. It’s a rough-hewn ‘Possession’ which features a femme chorus under Ernie’s semi spoken/semi sung, world weary vocal alongside some old school blues guitar with rock flourishes. Don’t expect polish or sophistication… just tough, old school bluesy R&B.
ERNIE VINCENT; ‘Possession’ out Friday 28th October. Album, ‘The Original Dap King’ released January 13th via Cornelius Chapel Records.