Adam Duritz is an innovative lyricist and piano player who brings the same soul to his friends and life style as he does to the beautiful lyrics and music that he performs. Duritz joined and performed in the Bay area band “The Himalayans” until 1991 at which time he left to form Counting Crows. Before he left, however, material was recorded which eventually cause the release of the 2002 album “She likes the Weather”. The album has a track called “round here” which was eventually re-recorded on the Counting Crows album “August and Everything After”. During this period in his life he was also involved in the San Francisco based band ‘Sordid Humour’. After the Himalayans missing Duritz and the Counting Crows were formed, Duritz’s clean band gained a huge following and the release of their acclaimed 1993 album was a huge success. The band toured extensively before heading into the studio again for the 1996 album “recovering the satelites”. The album was a worthy follow up and it bookmarked the bands place in the music industry. The album was followed by 1998’s ‘This Desert Life’ and 2002’s ‘Hard Candy’. The two albums house such hits as ‘Hangin’ around’, ‘American Girls’ respectively. After a prolonged season of touring, the band put together the best hits album “Films about ghosts” which not only had Crows material but also housed the new track “She Don’t Want Nobody Near” and a Grateful Dead cover song.Although he looked to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan for inspiration, Adam Duritz wrote melancholy lyrics far more in sync with the world-weary perspective of post-grunge rock & roll. Duritz was born in Baltimore, MD, on August 1, 1964. In 1991, he formed Counting Crows with guitarist David Bryson in San Francisco, performing acoustic sets in coffeehouses. The duo eventually added bassist Matt Malley, guitarist Dan Vickrey, drummer Steve Bowman, and keyboardist Charles Gillingham. The band was equal parts roots rock and R.E.M. jangle, united by Duritz’s sad, introspective songs.
Two years later, the group recorded their debut album, August and Everything After. The LP didn’t catch on at 1st; the band was mainly played on adult alternative radio stations, which were then only a handful. But the upbeat “Mr. Jones” caught on with MTV in 1994 and the Generation X alternative rock fans who were getting burned out on the guitar-fueled hard stuff from Seattle. When the pensive ballad “Round Here” hit the airwaves, Duritz became the superstar he longed to be in “Mr. Jones.” Despite the substantial critical acclaim that August and Everything After received, Duritz was often labeled a Morrison clone; the group even substituted for Morrison at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in 1993. In the mid-’90s, Duritz’s private life became tabloid fodder as he dated actress Jennifer Aniston. The couple eventually broke up; however, Duritz continued to uncover success with Counting Crows as well as assisting Ryan Adams on his album Gold.
|Date of Birth
||1 August 1964
|Place of Birth
||Baltimore, Maryland, USA