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September 3, 2009

Checking in with the Counting Crows

counting crowsI think it's safe to say if it wasn't for guitarist David Immergluck, there might not be a Counting Crows.

Way back in the '80s, Immergluck introduced singer Adam Duritz to guitarist David Bryson, who went on to form a duo they called the Counting Crows. Immergluck himself played on all their albums, and joined the group full-time in 1999.

Here's a link to a piece I did on the band in today's paper. They're performing at Merriweather Post Pavilion Saturday with Augustana and Michael Franti and Spearhead ...

I asked Immergluck to pick the Counting Crows song that resonates with him most at the moment. He chose "Long December."

"It's just one of the more perfect Counting Crows songs," he said. "It's cheesy to choose it. ... We do a lot of different things, but if someone who had never heard the Counting Crows wanted an example of what the Counting Crows sounds like in one song, that would be the one I'd play."

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:22 PM | | Comments (6)

Comments of my favorite bands. I'll be there on Sat night. From what I understand on this tour all three bands come on stage together and jam to each others songs. Not sure how I feel about this, but it should make for an interesting show.

that, would be a really cool show to catch. as far as song writing goes, i think they're one of the better bands to emerge from the 90's.

I've always liked their albums, but I'm not a fan of their live performances. They never seem to play a song live the same way it sounds on the album. I know bands always rearrange or reinvent songs to keep them fresh, but these guys take it to an uncomfortable extreme. Sometimes you just wanna sing along, and it's nigh impossible at a Crows show.

But that's just me.

The first time I heard Counting Crows on the radio was in Chicago and I said to then GF Hey that's a good Van Morrison imitation. That was a high compliment then. That was then, this is now. Adam Duritz – still not black. Keep trying.

they've always been one of my favorite bands, but their last two albums have been inconsistent in my opinion. They can write really good rockin' tunes, and then they write a lot of painfully awful ballads. Wish they'd cut the # of ballads on each album.

Owl Meat Gravy,

"Adam Duritz – still not black. Keep trying."

If he keeps trying, do you think he'll turn into Mick Jagger?


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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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