Danny “The Count” Koker is known for being the star of the hit television show Counting Cars and his appearances on Pawn Stars, but he’s also the frontman of the Count’s 77. The group released its debut album earlier this year and the band was voted into Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2014. We caught up with “The Count” to discuss Count’s 77, the future of the band, and more.
Count’s 77: Danny “The Count” Koker Interview
Danny “The Count” Koker is known for being the star of the hit television show Counting Cars and his appearances on Pawn Stars, but he’s also the frontman of the Count’s 77. The group released its debut album earlier this year and the band was voted into Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2014. We […]
Top 20 Albums of 2014
It’s been another fantastic year of blues rock music. Our staff and readers voted on their favorite albums of the year and here are the best from 2014.
Warren Haynes Interview
Warren Haynes is one of the most accomplished artists in modern day blues rock. Haynes spent 25 years with the Allman Brothers Band and is currently working on new solo material along with the release of multiple Gov’t Mule live albums, including Dark Side of the Mule on September 15th. Blues Rock Review caught up […]
Bernie Marsden: Shine Review
Bernie Marsden has been playing the blues for over 40 years. Most of that was spent playing in bands like the early Whitesnake, UFO, and his own band Alaska, none of which most of us would associate with the blues. However, if you listen closely to any of those bands or any of his 18 […]
Dana Fuchs takes us on tour with her in her latest release, Songs From The Road. A collection that spans her hits, past and present, the album delivers a first hand listen behind the doors of an intimate Dana Fuchs concert experience.
Songs from the Road by Mike Zito and the Wheel is Mike’s latest album under his own name. This is a burning set of blues-based rock, Americana and soul. This live album is part of a two disc set that also includes a DVD of the show at the Dosey Doe in Houston, Texas. The playing is tight and flawless while the mix is clean and clear. You hear every nuance of Mike’s soulful voice, and what a voice it is! Mike has the soul of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, with the thick grit of Duane Allman, Delbert McClinton and Bob Seger.
In the last three years, Sena Ehrhardt has released three albums with Blind Pig Records and on each one, her exceptional voice has been the major highlight. However, on her latest release, Live My Life finds her with a completely new set of musicians, including Cole Allen helping with songwriting while also playing guitar, and singing, Rick Rousell on bass, Michael Band on drums (except for two tracks with Paul Peterson) and Bruce McCabe on the keys. This new group combined with the production genius of David Z. gives this album a different feel than the rest. While losing none of the soulful dynamic blues that she is known for, this one delivers a much grittier rock edge than any of her previous work.
When Mike Mattison first joined the Derek Trucks Band, Trucks decided that Mattison’s soulful voice and calm stage presence was a perfect fit. On his debut solo record, that calm, soulful presence makes itself obvious. Beyond that, You Can’t Fight Love isn’t really a record that can be compared to the Derek Trucks Band or the Tedeschi Trucks Band. While the last two projects Mattison involved himself in focused heavily on Trucks’ phenomenal guitar work, You Can’t Fight Love is clearly a vocalist’s album, favouring a smooth, laid-back sound that meanders from slow ballads (“Midnight in Harlem”) to jazz-flavored jams (“Gin House Blues”) to country (“Good Luck Automated Car Crash”).
Lucky 13 is, you guessed it, the thirteenth album from Chris Duarte Group, featuring Chris Duarte on guitar and lead vocals, Dustin Sargent on the bass, and John McKnight on the drums. Described on the group’s website as “passionate, intense blues-psychedelia/jam jazz guitar that is upfront and in your face,” the Chris Duarte Group delivers just that in their new album.
Richie Kotzen has a released a new music video for “Cannibals,” which is featured on his new solo album due out in 2015. The single is available on iTunes along with the new track “You,” which is also from the new album.
We left Johannesburg and it was a hot 35 degrees. 31 hours and 4 international flights later, we arrived in a cold but beautiful city in Norway called Sandane for our first show at the Fjord Blues Festival. On the bill were some great local acts from Norway, some acts from the US like Texas Cannonballs, and one of my childhood heroes Buddy Whittington, who is one of the deadliest guitar players out there and an all round sweet guy. We had a fantastic show and received an overwhelming response from the crowd and media.