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Counting Crows - Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings

Counting Crows





Counting Crows have been a huge presence in the music world for over a decade; from their initial hit single “Mr. Jones” to the 2005 Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe nominated “Accidentally In Love.” Headed by the enigmatic Adam Duritz, the San Francisco Bay area band is a global phenomenon, having sold over 20 million albums worldwide.

Counting Crows success dates back to their 1993 debut release August And Everything After. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the album fused the band's classic rock sound with Duritz's wearied voice and tragically poetic imagery. Their second album, Recovering the Satellites was followed after five years of exhaustive touring with the double-disc Across a Wire: Live in New York.

Counting Crows' most mature album, This Desert Life, hit shelves in 1999. An album that recalled rock history, the Crows' infused their catalog of songs with instant classics including "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" and pop rocker "Hangin' Around." Hard Candy followed in the summer of 2002, reinforcing the strong storytelling aspect of Duritz's songs. In 2004, the band released their first ever "Best Of" set Films About Ghosts which featured songs from every phase of the Counting Crows' recording career.

Their latest album Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings debuted on the US Billboard chart at number 2. The album splits their musical personality with the rock “Saturday Nights” produced by Gil Norton (of Pixies and Foo Fighters fame) whilst the more acoustic “Sunday Mornings” portion had Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine) at the desk.

This concert premieres on PBS January 8, 2009
(check local listings)

In this fantastic Soundstage set, Counting Crows play the majority of their fifth studio release, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, a tightly-crafted concept album made up of passionately honest songs. Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings is the perfect combination of high and low. The Saturday Nights songs are upbeat, pairing subtle but expressive lyrics with fast-paced, brazen electric guitar, while the Sunday Mornings selections have a more reflective, subdued tone.

An energized Adam Duritz starts the night off right with a raucous version of the CD opener “1492.” Duritz sings of loss in the moody “Washington Square,” accompanied by piano and acoustic guitar and his no-holds-barred emotion also resonates in slower songs like “Le Ballet D’or” and “When I Dream of Michelangelo.” Other must-sees include “Los Angeles” and “Cowboys.”