Counting Crows is an American folk rock and alternative rock band from Berkeley, California. He became famous in 1994 after the release of their album August and Everything After, from which came the song Mr. Jones. Singer Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson (both members of The Himalayan band) formed Counting Crows in San Francisco in 1991. Their first album, August and Everything After, was released in 1993. The band became known worldwide with the song Mr. Jones whose lyrics are inspired by the childhood of Marty Jones, friend of Adam and bass player in the Himalayans.
In 1996, Recovering the Satellites, their second album, was released. More melodic than the previous one, it contains quiet titles like Recovering the Satellites or singles A Long December and Miller's Angels. Then in 1999 This Desert Life comes out. This album knows quickly success, thanks to Hanginaround and especially to Colorblind (which will appear on the soundtrack of the film Sex intentions). Except for the release of their fourth album Hard Candy in 2002, Counting Crows takes again the song of Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi 1970. The group seems to get closer to a more classic rock. It includes live performances, songs by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Pure Prairie League, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, U2 and Oasis.
In 2004 the group sees the song Accidentally in Love appear on the soundtrack of the film Shrek 2, and will become very popular. She is also nominated for an Oscar for the cinema. In 2009, they leave their Geffen Records label, subsidiary of Universal Music, in order to auto-produce via Internet >>>.
Adam Duritz, a former member of The Himalayan band from San Francisco Bay, and producer and guitarist David Bryson form Counting Crows in San Francisco in 1991. They perform as an acoustic duo, playing a few concerts in and out of Berkeley and San Francisco. Another friend, the guitarist David Immerglück, played with them from time to time, but also with other bands. As the band records some demos and other musicians join the duo, Immerglück records some songs for their debut album. He will decline the group's offer to join them because already being members of Monks of Doom and Camper Van Beethoven>. In 1993, the formation of the group stabilized and then includes Duritz singing and occasionally the piano, Bryson on guitar, Matt Malley on bass, Charlie Gillingham on keyboards, and Steve Bowman on drums, and the band becomes popular in the bay. The same year, they sign at Geffen Records. On January 16, 1993, the band, still relatively unknown, replaces Van Morrison at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony and is presented by an enthusiastic Robbie Robertson. At the ceremony, they take over Van Morrison's Caravan song.