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Premiered August, 2004

The Counting Crows know how to have fun. Lead Singer Adam Duritz rocks his way through an evening in which poetry seems to explode from the band's repertoire of blues/rock/country hits. Fresh off the release of their greatest hits album Films About Ghosts (taken from a line in the song "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"), the band reflects on its 10-year history in a Soundstage episode that highlights the iconic "Mr. Jones," along with other up-tempo tunes including "Hangin' Around," "Rain King" and "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby." Duritz slows down in the mournful rendition of "A Long December" but reinvigorates the mood with the rootsy "American Girls." Other hits featured include "Recovering the Satellites," and "She Don't Want Nobody Near."

Grammy winner Shelby Lynne plays songs from the album that critics are calling her defining effort - Identity Crisis - a collection of songs that the singer/songwriter penned and produced herself. The album, similar to this Soundstage, shows just how versatile Lynne can be. From gospel "10 Rocks," to blues "Evil Man," to country "Buttons and Beaus," Lynne's throaty alto can carry her into any arena. Her delivery as a performer is at once flirtatious and captivating. When she sings "If I were smart, I wouldn't have a heart" (from "If I Were Smart") the audience smiles, not just at her honesty, but at the delicate and edgy way she reveals herself. The same enigma sparkles through other tunes including "Telephone" and "Gotta Be Better."