A Deeper Look into the Counting Crows’ Music and History

Explore Counting Crows’ music and legacy over the years before you prepare to see them live at USANA Ampitheatre.

By bonneville on September 20, 2023
Adam Duritz and David Immerglück share the mic with Immergluck on the guitar
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 05: Adam Duritz and David Immergluck of Counting Crows perform onstage at ‘SiriusXM presents Counting Crows live from the Troubadour’ at Troubadour on June 05, 2023 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Counting Crows emerged in the early 1990s and quickly earned wide acclaim. Fronted by the enigmatic Adam Duritz, the band has produced chart-topping hits and left a lasting impact on the music scene. In this article, we look back at their origins, evolution, iconic songs, and lasting influence, unveiling the layers of their music that have resonated with countless fans worldwide.

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The Origins of Counting Crows

Counting Crows began their musical endeavors in San Francisco, California, in 1991, when singer-songwriter Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson decided to form a band. They started as an acoustic duo, but soon, other musicians joined them to complete the band. By 1993, the band included guitarist David Immerglück, bassist Matt Malley, keyboardist Charlie Gillingham, and drummer Steve Bowman.

Gary Gersh of Geffen Records signed the band in 1992 after bidding wars from nine other record labels took place. The band filled in for Van Morrison at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in January 1993, propelling the band to wide fame. They released their debut album, “August and Everything After,” in September of that year.

Counting Crows’ Musical Style

Counting Crows’ musical signature is a captivating blend of alternative rock, folk-rock, and soulful pop, which defies easy categorization. Intricate melodies, emotionally charged lyrics, and Adam Duritz’s soul-stirring vocals define their sound. 

One of the distinctive elements in their music is the incorporation of rich storytelling lyrics that delve into themes of love, longing, and introspection. Drawing from influences like Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and R.E.M., the band often utilizes folk-inspired acoustic guitars alongside electric instrumentation. Their songs are known for their dynamic arrangements and ability to evoke a wide range of emotions, from melancholy introspection to euphoric optimism.

Discography and Signature Songs

Counting Crows have released seven studio albums since their first, “August and Everything After,” in 1993. This album featured hits like “Mr. Jones” and “Round Here,” which catapulted them to stardom. Subsequent albums, including “Recovering the Satellites” (1996), “This Desert Life” (1999), and “Hard Candy” (2002), continued to showcase their poetic lyricism and musical prowess. 

Notable singles like “A Long December” and “Hanginaround” further solidified their place in the pantheon of rock legends. Counting Crows’ music is known for its evocative storytelling, with songs often drawing from Adam Duritz’s personal experiences and introspections, creating a deep emotional connection with listeners. 

They also contributed to the “Shrek 2” soundtrack with their cover of the classic song “Accidentally in Love,” which became a standout track on the soundtrack and gained popularity for its catchy and upbeat interpretation. This song choice showcased their versatility as a band, adding a fun and whimsical dimension to their musical repertoire.

Achievements and Awards

Throughout their career, Counting Crows have garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim. They received Grammy nominations for their chart-topping hits and albums, including “Mr. Jones” and “August and Everything After.” They won an MTV award in 1994 for “Best New Artist in a Video” for “Mr. Jones,” and they also won an American Music Award in 1995 for “Favorite Alternative Artist.” 

Their unique blend of folk-infused rock and Adam Duritz’s introspective lyricism has inspired a generation of musicians. Bands such as The Fray and Dashboard Confessional have cited Counting Crows as a significant influence on their musical journeys, attesting to the band’s lasting impact. 


Counting Crows’ influence is felt in the music they create and the artists they’ve inspired along the way. As you delve into their discography, you will uncover a treasure trove of evocative narratives. Utah has the chance to see them perform in concert this weekend, on Friday, September 22, where the magic of their music truly comes to life.

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