Count’s 77, a hard rock band from Las Vegas will launch their debut album Counts 77 on April 29, 2014 with Shrapnel Records. The band is fronted by lead singer Danny “Count” Koker, star of HISTORY”S hit series “Counting Cars”.
With roots in 70’s hard rock, Count’s 77 is powered by the twin guitar team of John Zito and Stoney Curtis, the latter of whom has an international following as a recording and touring blues guitarist. With musical roots as diverse as Thin Lizzy, Foghat, The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin, Count’s 77 stands poised to be one of the leaders of the new classic rock revival, with a sound reminiscent of one of the greatest musical eras of all time.
Danny Koker, Count’s 77’s charismatic frontman was singing long before he came into international fame as the owner of Count’s Kustoms, his Las Vegas-based hotrod and chopper shop. Heading into season four of his hit TV series “Counting Cars” on HISTORY, he splits his pastimes between his love of all things automotive and his passion for music and has included Count 77 on the show on seasons two and three.
The platform afforded Koker by “Counting Cars” places him in front of millions of viewers each week and has given the band the opportunity to appear on the show. With fans of the hit TV series spanning from the United States to Canada, South Africa, Europe including the UK, Poland, Romania, Spain, Germany, Japan, Israel and South America Count’s 77’s fan base is reaching exterior markets as well. Having performed at motorcycle rallies and large-scale corporate events for thousands of people Count’s 77 is rapidly garnering exposure and being asked to headline shows in Colorado, Texas, Mississippi, Chicago and many more.
Producer and label owner Mike Varney said, “As a fan of hard rock and guitar-oriented music I’m always looking for a CD that rocks from top to bottom. Count’s 77 combines gifted instrumentalists and a charismatic frontman with a strong voice that culminates for an uncommonly good hard-hitting rock and roll record that is apparent from the first note.”
Stoney Curtis, lead guitarist for Count’s 77, has amassed an international following as a recording and touring blues guitarist, releasing a steady flow of product for the last ten years, including the 2012 critically acclaimed double live CD and DVD set. With international airplay and CD’s which consistently have made Amazon.com’s blues charts, Curtis is not only an amazing counterpart to frontman Koker, he also adds further notoriety to the group stemming from his rich history as a professional musician.
The remaining integral members of the band have paid their dues in a variety of recording and performing situations. Tommy Paris is not only the band’s incredible keyboardist but has been known internationally for more than 25 years as the lead singer of platinum rockers Britny Fox.
Rhythm and slide guitarist John Zito forged a career on the LA rock scene before bonding with Koker and Curtis after displaying his savant-like command of 70’s rock guitar chops. Also growing up on 70’s rock, virtuoso rock bassist Barry Barnes and powerhouse drummer Paul Disibio have each been laying down the rhythm for more than 30 years. After touring all over the country in an number of popular bands, Barnes and Disibio landed in Vegas, with Barnes playing bass in the critically acclaimed show “Rock Of Ages” and Disbio working with Blue Man Group. Together they fill the rhythm section position with a strength and authority that is so strong, it cannot be faked and can only be obtained through hard work and dedication.
70’s guitar icons Rick Derringer and Pat Travers perform guest guitar solos on Count’s 77’s amped up versions of their own original 70’s hits Rock n’ Roll Hoochie Coo and Sortin’ Whiskey respectively.
Count’s 77 recently performed at the Mega Speed Fest in Toronto, Canada and new dates for festivals are being added regularly during the summer of 2014 including Erie, PA, Grand Rapids MI, Chicago, Il, West Springfield, MA, Texas, Tennessee and many more. For more information, please visit www.counts77.com or www.countskustoms.com.