Multi-platinum American rock band, Counting Crows are one of the most soulful and recognizable bands of the past two decades. With Grammy and Oscar nominations, over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Eight Top 5 singles, and three records having broken the Top 5 on the Billboard 200- not to mention multiple live albums and soundtrack appearances, Counting Crows success dates back to their 1993 debut release August and Everything After and the hit single “Mr. Jones.”
This year Counting Crows released their first album in over 4 years out now on Sony, titled Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) the album is a collection of 15 interpretations of their favourite tunes. The seven-piece honors global icons (Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons), indie-pop heroes (Teenage Fanclub, Travis), compelling up-and-comers (Dawes, the Romany Rye, Kasey Anderson) and even their own seminal pre-Crows projects (Sordid Humor, Tender Mercies) front man, Adam Duritz says of the project, “There are a million great songs written every day, many on records you discover that you wish your friends could appreciate as much as you do.”
Counting Crows enduring critical and commercial popularity is easily explained: They write from the heart, challenge themselves, and still give a damn about new music. Dashboard Confessional, Panic at the Disco and The Hold Steady are among the many to count the Crows as influential, and the band are still the kind of guys who roam from club to club at SXSW, CMJ or whatever city they’re touring, simply out of curiosity and love. Music geeks? Sure. They prefer lifers.
Like they say, good things come to those that wait, and after 20 years of Counting Crows thriving in the music world, we think it is about time Counting Crows make their Bluesfest debut.