"the Low Counts, what a cool name. This band is going to happen"
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                                 THE LOW COUNTS / BLUE COLLAR ROCK-N-ROLL DUO: 

"...sounds like Black Sabbath meets T-Model Ford" - "You guys sound like four people" - The Low Counts are Matt Walsh and Austin Hicks, a Rock-n-Roll  guitar-drum duo based in High Point, North Carolina. They released their debut album in March 2014 and attracted rave reviews and loyal fans from their frenzied live shows. Since then they have released an EP on the Grimtale Records label (May 2015) and recently they released their second full length album, Years Pass By (12/11). The Low Counts' original music is a hodgepodge of the all of the sounds that influence Matt Walsh and Austin Hicks the most. You'll find them effortlessly combining early 40's and 50's Mississippi/Urban/Piedmont Blues, 50's Sun Records styled Rock/Rockabilly, 60's Garage Rock, 70's Stoner Rock, Psychedelia, old Country, Stax Soul, Hip-Hop or whatever else they can find to throw in the pot. As long as it comes out of the mash-up sounding original, real, fresh and if it rocks, it gets their stamp of approval. This duo isn't easy to categorize, but one thing anyone could agree on is that whatever comes out of it is always no-nonsense, raw, energetic, primal and coming from many music avenues at once, weaving them into one unique sound. If you must call it something, call it Rock-N-Roll.

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New Album and Album Release Party Announced! 

Last week we began recording our second full length album, one more day of recording and it's done (we will have worked on it five days total). We are very excited about this recording and think it dwarfs our debut album and even our latest EP. You'll find that our band has grown with this album, we're still having a lot of fun and these new songs reflect that. The songs find us exploring new territories, influences and sounds. The first single will released in November (most likely with a new video) and then the new album will drop December 11th with a release party that night at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC (Rockabilly band, the Parodi Kings opening). Pre-sale tickets are now available thru this link ($7 advance/$10 door):

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Grimtale records releases 'Unsettled Days the EP' (GRIM019) 

The Low Counts have released 'Unsettled Days the EP' (GRIM019) via the Grimtale Records label and it's also available as a digital download on our Music/Merch page! Get the 45 vinyl format (GRIM019) at our live shows or order direct from Grimtale Records www.grimtalerecords.com If you're interested in the 45 vinyl format, this is a limited release (100 pressings) and will go fast as Grimtale is a very sought after label among record collectors. 

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  • Richard

    Richard Hatteras

    Digging the new album. Love the fuzz. Keep up the great work.

    Digging the new album. Love the fuzz. Keep up the great work.

  • Tiffany

    Tiffany Jamestown

    Saw Matt last night at Southern Roots and, like everyone, I was blown away. Wow! Effortless talent. I know everyone makes comparisons so I'll just say that I hear Jimi all day. I hope to see Matt and Austin play together soon.

    Saw Matt last night at Southern Roots and, like everyone, I was blown away. Wow! Effortless talent. I know everyone makes comparisons so I'll just say that I hear Jimi all day. I hope to see Matt and Austin play together soon.

  • alanon

    alanon 28516

    You remind me a lot of the R.L. Burnside

    You remind me a lot of the R.L. Burnside

  • bluesjunkie

    bluesjunkie lexington, nc

    Just saw you guys at the bbq festival for the second straight year. Man you guys killed it. The highlight of the day for me both years. Got a chance to talk to the guys. Great guys, great band, great music. Keep it up and please come back next year! Hope to see you again soon.

    Just saw you guys at the bbq festival for the second straight year. Man you guys killed it. The highlight of the day for me both years. Got a chance to talk to the guys. Great guys, great band, great music. Keep it up and please come back next year! Hope to see you again soon.

  • Ian

    Ian Alexandria, VA

    Dudes! Loved you at Heavy Rebel! Sorry to not see your stuff for sale at the rack! I'll keep my eyes out for you in the DC area - keep rocking!!!

    Dudes! Loved you at Heavy Rebel! Sorry to not see your stuff for sale at the rack! I'll keep my eyes out for you in the DC area - keep rocking!!!

  • Thomas

    Thomas winston salem..

    You guys killed the HRW!! Best band I saw all weekend bar none.

    You guys killed the HRW!! Best band I saw all weekend bar none.

  • the $20 bassist

    the $20 bassist Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC

    Black Sabbath meets Model-T Ford? Sounds like a dischordant train wreck waiting to happen. Luckily, the Low Counts music is anything but that. Sporting more than a few stylistic influences, there is no question their music is firmly rooted in blues on electricity--power blues. The sound isn't primal. It's honest. When listening, I can't help but play my air-bass guitar though it's easy to see why the dynamic duo doesn't need a bassist, Matt Walsh can unload a lot sound out of a small package. I look forward to hearing them again, especially when they come back this way to play at Chapel Hill/Carrboro's, The Cave. If you like blues that has influences that make you want to move your feet, swing your butt, or maybe play air guitar, then you owe it to yourself to have a good time and check them out.

    Black Sabbath meets Model-T Ford? Sounds like a dischordant train wreck waiting to happen.

    Luckily, the Low Counts music is anything but that. Sporting more than a few stylistic influences, there is no question their music is firmly rooted in blues on electricity--power blues.

    The sound isn't primal. It's honest. When listening, I can't help but play
    my air-bass guitar though it's easy to see why the dynamic duo doesn't need a bassist, Matt Walsh can unload a lot sound out of a small package.

    I look forward to hearing them again, especially when they come back this way to play at Chapel Hill/Carrboro's, The Cave. If you like blues that has influences that make you want to move your feet, swing your butt, or maybe play air guitar, then you owe it to yourself to have a good time and check them out.

  • Carter

    Carter Pilot Mtn, NC

    The wife and I went to Goodtimes BBQ last night for dinner and I was blown away. I thought for a minute that we had stepped into mississippi juke joint.. I have never heard of these guys before but they killed it. Wow! Do you guys have a CD? This is how the blues should be played! Lowdown and dirty with an ass shaking backbeat. I wanted them to play all night long. I can't wait to see them again.

    The wife and I went to Goodtimes BBQ last night for dinner and I was blown away. I thought for a minute that we had stepped into mississippi juke joint.. I have never heard of these guys before but they killed it. Wow! Do you guys have a CD? This is how the blues should be played! Lowdown and dirty with an ass shaking backbeat. I wanted them to play all night long. I can't wait to see them again.

  • Rosie

    Rosie Winston Salem

    "Takin my brand off You" is your best I've heard. Keep playing it!!!!

    "Takin my brand off You" is your best I've heard. Keep playing it!!!!

  • ideaMachine

    ideaMachine Lexington, North Carolina

    Just caught your incredible sound at the Lexington BBQ Festival, 10-27. You guys Rock!! as if you haven't heard that a million times. I was trying to discern what instruments you were playing. That axe has your own spot-on sound and the drum kit kicks ass. Hope to see you again soon.

    Just caught your incredible sound at the Lexington BBQ Festival, 10-27. You guys Rock!! as if you haven't heard that a million times. I was trying to discern what instruments you were playing. That axe has your own spot-on sound and the drum kit kicks ass. Hope to see you again soon.