Count’s 77 is the creation of Danny “Count” Koker (lead vocals), John Zitto (lead guitar), Stoney Curtis (lead guitar), Barry Barnes (bass) and Paul Disibio (drums) and recently added Tommy Paris (keyboards). Each band mate offers an extensive musical resume with Curtis being an international recording and touring blues guitarist and Zito shaped his career on the L.A. rock scene and is well known for his command of the guitar. Barnes is a virtuoso rock bassist and teaming up with Disibio on drums, this powerhouse duo have been sharing some rhythm for more than 30 years; Barnes playing with ‘Rock of Ages’ and Disibio worked with The Blue Man Group after landing in Vegas. Paris is best known as the lead singer for platinum rockers Britny Fox. Koker is best known for his show Counting Cars on The History Channel which has gained him media attention across MTV, VH-1, The Discovery Channel and the exposure has brought him an immense following of fans.
Their self-titled debut album releases on April 29 on Shrapnel Records. This album packs a sound that offers 13 tracks of good old fashion rock n’ roll twisted with the groove of the blues. Track list includes Your Love Ain’t Right, Let The Rockin’ Do the Talkin’, End of the Day, Lovin’ Like This, Shame on Me, Stand Tall, Riding With the Sons of Perdition, My Machine, Working for the Man, Good Boy Bad Man, Save a Little Something for Me, Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo, and Snortin’ Whiskey. While Chris Logan and Paul Shortino offered backing vocals, what better way to have classic rock added to your album than with 70’s icons Rick Derringer and Pat Travers performing guest guitar solos for their original hits of Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo and Snortin’ Whiskey.
Count’s 77 sends the listener a retrospect to the feel good rock n’ roll era of the 70’s. Each track offers the listener paralleled riffs and licks from Curtis and Zito, yet each have their own style. Curtis offers the blues while Zito offers the groove as Barnes and Disibio are the driving force behind them. The first four tracks on the album, Your Love Ain’t Right, Let The Rockin’ Do the Talkin’, End of the Day, Lovin’ Like This has funk, soul and pure rock, while track five, Shame on Me offers up a bit of that Southern charm that has the moonshine mason jars opening for a night of good rockin’. Stand Tall, Riding With the Sons of Perdition, My Machine, Working for the Man, Good Boy Bad Man …what can you say about down and out rock n’ roll? It’s all there! The slowed down, let me think about it song of the album is Save a Little Something For Me, which was recorded as a live rhythm track. This song definitely highlights Koker’s vocals and the smoothness of the synergy of this band. The last two tracks on the album feature original artists, Rick Derringer and Pat Travers as guest guitarists on kick ass versions of these classics. Count’s 77 is an album that has to be added to every rock n’ roll fan’s collection!