Counting Crows is one of those bands you follow for the long haul. For those that first heard them opening for Bob Dylan long ago, or subbing for Van Morrison one memorable night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, much of the soundtrack of our times comes from the Crows - from their vivid musical landscapes as well as the feverish brilliance of singer/songwriter Adam Duritz.
Counting Crows hails from the San Francisco Bay area and consists of Adam Duritz (vocals), David Bryson (guitar), Charles Gillingham (keyboards), David Immergluck (guitar), Dan Vickrey (guitar), Jim Bogios (drums), and Millard Powers (bass).
Counting Crows’ success dates back to their 1993 debut release August and Everything After and the hit single “Mr. Jones”. Subsequent albums include Recovering the Satellites (1996); Across A Wire: Live in NY (1998); This Desert Life (1999) and Hard Candy (2002) which featured the band’s Top Ten cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”. The band’s most recent success included a Number One hit with the song “Accidentally in Love”, which was featured on the Shrek 2 soundtrack, as well as nominations in 2005 for a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for the track
In 2004 the band released their first ever “Best of” set Films About Ghosts which featured songs from every phase of Counting Crows’ recording career, followed by the live album New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall 2003, which appeared in 2006. Counting Crows’ most recent studio album, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, was released in March of 2007. Counting Crows has sold over 20 million records worldwide.
Underwater Sunshine (2012) is a testament of a band geek-obsessed with music. “There’s a million great songs written every day that you discover, and wish your friends could appreciate as much as you do,” says singer/songwriter Adam Duritz. “These songs come from bands young and old, stretching from the early ‘60s to last year. They’re all great and will hopefully be heard by a few more people now.”
Produced by Counting Crows and Shawn Dealey, Underwater Sunshine features tracks written by artists such as Big Star, Gram Parsons, Tender Mercies, Kasey Anderson and The Faces. Each rendition offers an entire spectrum of human emotion, delivered with the conviction and intense honesty the band is known for.
As their first independent release, it was the right time for the Crows to make this album. “If you wonder why we didn t just write our own record, it s simply because we wanted to do THIS one,” says Duritz, “We now have the creative freedom to release albums like this and offer our fans more music than ever.”