Adam Duritz
American musician
Adam Duritz
Adam Fredric Duritz is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and film producer. He is best known for his role as frontman and vocalist for the rock band Counting Crows, in which he is a founding member and principal composer of their catalogue of songs. Duritz has recorded solo material of his own and collaborated with other musical acts, leading him to branch out as the owner of at least two record labels, acting as his own A&R man.
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Album review: Kings of Leon's Mechanical Bull - rock blues
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
Kings of Leon is a band that has very little to prove. Their first three albums, featuring a blend of Southern rock blues, had a dedicated cult following. Despite hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, the Mecca of Americana, they remained unnoticed by most Americans. The band was playing to thousands in the UK but still failed to evoke the same appreciation back home. Then something changed in 2008. They cut back on the moonshine and wrote about something other than having a good time at the rodeo. Only By The Night went platinum. The band got nominated for multiple Grammys, and even won one for best rock performance. Then they sold out at Madison Square Garden. America had been resolutely broken. With Mechanical Bull, the sixth album by the three brothers and their cousin, one can sense that this is a band that has come to terms with its identity — a band that writes infectious, layered classic rock songs, drenched in the essence of the American ...
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Duritz, Counting Crows take joy in mixing things up
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Many celebrities claim they don't read what gets written about them online or in newspapers and magazines, but Adam Duritz isn't one of them. The Counting Crows frontman, known for his trademark dreadlocks, admitted he tries to read everything that gets written about him.     
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This Week's Mercury Music Section
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Another week, another Mercury music section to toss in the air in celebration as you learn that seven of the top 10 musicians on Forbes' 2013 "Most Powerful Musicians" list are ladies. Over a long, fascinating conversation with Radiation City, the band and I talked about Adam Duritz back tattoos and "old balls." We also talked about their great new album, Animals in the Median, which—in case you couldn't tell—is not half-assed in any way. LISTEN: Radiation City - "Summer Rain" Alela Diane talks about the dissolution of her marriage and band, and what led her to write the songs on her painfully honest and beautifully aware album About Farewell, which is the Portland songwriter's best work to date. LISTEN: Alela Diane - "The Way We Fall" Béisbol is Spanish for "baseball," and it's also Portlandese for "glowy summer pop made by two obsessive compulsive brothers." LISTEN: Béisbol - "Nothing Strange" Let's argue! For our first ever Debate Club column, M ...
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Jennifer Aniston's famous romances
Fox News - almost 4 years
From Adam Duritz to Brad Pitt to ... Gerard Butler?
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Counting Crows fly high on new album with fresh takes on songs by Bob Dylan, the Faces, Pure Prairie League and more
Cleveland - over 4 years
"Nobody gets ripped off at one of our concerts," says Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz. The band performs Monday, June 18, at Cain Park.
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Counting Crows At Danbury's Ives Concert Park
Blogs.Courant.com - over 4 years
  Follow CT Lifestyle & Entertainment News On The Courant's Features Buzz Facebook Page The Counting Crows began its career in Berkeley, Calif., in 1991 with its debut album "August and Everything After." In an August 2009 Courant interview, leader and founder of the band Adam Duritz said that he would be a "big, fat failure" if he wasn't a musician — a comment that starkly contrasts his band's success over the past two decades.
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Counting Crows begin SunFest on a jangly note
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
Fun and unexpected, Counting Crows and lead singer Adam Duritz opened SunFest on Wednesday. (Jennifer Podis / Palm Beach Post) Like the best of parties, a live Counting Crows show is lively and unpredictable, but there are always a few constants, as documented in Wednesday night’s SunFest opener: • The set list changes frequently. • Lead singer Adam Duritz will sometimes play with his own lyrics and melodies, changing the tempo or the flow or sometimes adding or changing words, but always in a way that works. • You won’t always hear what you expect. So, no. They didn’t play “Mr. Jones.” Photos: Counting Crows at SunFest | More SunFest coverage The omission of what is arguably the California-based band’s biggest hit was oft-commented on after the show. But it’s a testament to Counting Crows’ performance skills and the general strength of their stream-of-consciousness lyrics and melodic folk-rock instrumentation that almost every complaint was followed with “…but I gue ...
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Singer’s romantic vulnerability feeds message behind The Fray
PB Pulse - almost 5 years
Members of the band, The Fray Like any band with seemingly overnight and overwhelming success, The Fray has withstood its share of criticism: Its piano-flavored anthems are too sincere, too poppy. The band is too commercial, having come to fame by being featured on shows like Grey’s Anatomy. Even its recent adventurous version of the national anthem at the NCAA National Championship basketball game raised a few eyebrows. But if Isaac Slade, the Colorado-born band’s lead singer and chief songwriter, has learned anything in The Fray’s decade-long history, it’s that criticism can’t obscure those moments when you know your work’s meant something. “A girl came up to me the other day, when I was fresh out of one interview, and on the way to another. She pulled me aside on the street and told me this heart-wrenching story,” says Slade, whose band performs on the Bank of America Stage at SunFest on Sunday night. “The whole thing took two minutes, but basically she tried to kill herse ...
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Counting Crows’ Duritz: His take on lyrics, band, work
PB Pulse - almost 5 years
Adam Duritz performs with Counting Crows on Wednesday at SunFest. (Gary Coronado / Post file photo) If you are a music fan of a certain age – that age being somewhere between 35 and 45 – there is a chance that Adam Duritz has, to paraphrase the old Roberta Flack song, strummed your pain with his fingers. The Counting Crows singer and lyricist has been hearing this for two decades now, since the moody jangle of August And Everything After put the band’s forlorn-but-oddly hopeful feelings to music. He’s grateful to hear it. But to this day, it doesn’t make sense. "I didn’t think anyone would get these songs, and they did," explains Duritz, who with Counting Crows will open SunFest on Wednesday. "It was a very pleasant surprise, but it’s still hard for me to understand, which is funny, because they were so personal. I just wrote about the things I was feeling then." The way that Duritz writes songs is, he admits, "like scraping your insides out," which is why Mr. Jones, A Lon ...
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CD reviews we couldn’t fit into today’s paper
Roanoke.com - almost 5 years
COUNTING CROWS “Underwater Sunshine.” (Collective Sounds) The Counting Crows successfully navigate that slippery slope some artists slide down when covering other people’s music on their latest album, “Underwater Sunshine.” With one of the most distinctive voices in rock music, Adam Duritz tackles each tune as if it were his own. Fifteen cover songs ranging from the obscure to the popular comprise the album, including ones written by the likes of Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson, as well as newer material by bands like Romany Rye.Duritz caught their show last year at the SXSW Music Festival and was impressed by their “Untitled (Love Song),” so he decided to record it. Since it’s a relatively unheard song, the album opens with the feel of a Crows album. That’s followed by Teenage Fan Club’s “Start Again,” and from there it’s clear these covers — from different eras and artistic style — are designed to merge nicely from one to the next. Standout tracks include Gram Parsons’ “Retu ...
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Music: Interview: Adam Duritz of Counting Crows
A.V. Club - almost 5 years
As the lead singer and main songwriter for Counting Crows, Adam Duritz ranks among the most recognizable and successful artists to emerge from the early ’90s alt-rock boom. Counting Crows has sold more than 20 million albums in almost 20 years, starting with the band’s debut (and most popular release), 1993’s August And Everything After, which spawned the iconic hit single “Mr. Jones.” That song still defines Counting Crows in the mainstream of popular culture, but the band remains a prolific concert act even as its creative output has slowed. (Only two new albums of original material, 2002’s Hard Candy and 2008’s Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings, have arrived this century.) Duritz has also been busy battling personal demons; in recent years he’s been more open about his struggles with mental illness and anxiety disorder, which troubled him once again as Counting Crows made its ... Read more
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Mike Ragogna: Crows, Turtles & Communion: Conversations with Adam Duritz and Dave Simonett, Plus a Ben Howard, Ben Lovett & Friends Video
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
A Conversation with Counting Crows' Adam Duritz Mike Ragogna: Adam, what is the concept behind the assembled material you recorded for Underwater Sunshine? Adam Duritz: No concept, they're just really records we liked, songs we wanted to play. MR: The material also, for the most part, isn't about big hits, much of it being a little lower on everyone's radar. AD: Well, we weren't really thinking about doing ones they were or weren't familiar with. We just picked songs we liked, you know, and doing our versions of them. As it turns out, it's literally the most obscure covers album ever made, but it sounds like a Counting Crows album, which was what it was supposed to sound like anyway. We never intended to make a covers album that was like a jukebox of their favorite songs, these are our favorite songs. MR: I'm not sure how many times that's been done before, if ever, by a major band. AD: It was kind of accidental. But, I mean, it would never have occurred t ...
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Bad 24 hours for press statements from ’90s icons
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
Part of the ridiculous fun of being an entertainment reporter is the random press releases that wind up in my inbox. 75 percent of the unsolicited kind are things I don’t care enough about to either write about or make fun of (Look! A celebretaunt I’ve never heard of is wearing a label I’ve never heard of either! How nice for her!). And then there are bizarre statements by actual celebrities trying to either start or harsh some drama started by some other celebrities. We rarely get these, because they aren’t usually this forthcoming about the drama. But in the last day I’ve gotten two, both from and concerning folks who were very important to not only ’90s music, but to my early ’20s. And they’re both so bizarre that I have to share. First was a statement from Axl Rose, current lead singer of a band that bears little resemblance to the Guns N’ Roses who kicked much butt in the ’90s while saying bad racial slurs, ruining perfectly good weddings that kill Stephanie Seymour and blowin ...
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Emmy Rossum Talks Divorce And Double Dating With Lady Gaga
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Emmy Rossum is opening up about her 2010 divorce from music executive Justin Siegel after a year-and-a-half of marriage. “Everyone messes up in relationships and has peaks and valleys in their personal lives," Rossum said in the latest issue of InStyle Hair. "When I realized it wasn’t the end of the world and I would keep on standing, I knew it was going to be OK.” After her ex-husband filed for divorce in September 2009, the 25-year-old starlet dated Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz. The pair split in fall 2010 and Rossum has since found love with Tyler Jacob Moore, her co-star on Showtime's "Shameless." In the same interview, Rossum revealed that she and Moore have double dated with Lady Gaga, whose boyfriend Taylor Kinney appeared on the Showtime hit. "We stayed in, cooked steaks, and watched 'Shameless,'" the actress said. "It was all very normal, and she is so nice.” Emmy discreetly married ex-husband Siegel in February 2008 -- few knew the pai ...
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America is reading our Field Report
On Milwaukee - almost 5 years
A few weeks after Counting Crows' Adam Duritz was singing praises of Milwaukee's Field Report (formerly Conrad Plymouth) all over Twitter, the Milwaukee group is hitting the road for a West Coast and down South tour with Megafaun, and takes a couple tracks national via Spin Magazine.
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Caterer to the stars - Charlotte Observer
Google News - over 5 years
She shared dinner with Adam Duritz from rock band Counting Crows. An exchange with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, former drummer for the iconic '90s band Nirvana, went something like this: Grohl: “I've never met anybody that's seen the Beatles
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James Michael: Sixx:AM's Renaissance Man - Glide Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
He said, “his voice sounds like an annoying cross between Adam Duritz and Weird Al Yankovic (laughs)”, And I thought, wow, I've made it (laughs) Last Question: So since you never seem to have any time to do anything, what does James like to do when you
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'The Conspirator' star Evan Rachel Wood talks working with legends, karaoke ... - Entertainment Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
And I just got back from the Ojai Playwrights Conference where I did Black Sun [a musical collaboration with Counting Crows' Adam Duritz]. It was great. The music was amazing and I think it went really well. It's in the really early stages
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Counting Crows' Adam Duritz Label To Release Album By Emcee Notar - HipHopDX
Google News - over 5 years
The imprint was founded by Adam Duritz, lead-singer of the Grammy Award-winning Pop/Rock group Counting Crows, who invited Notar on their 2010 tour. Additionally, Duritz will appear on Notar's 13 track debut, as well as Young Cash and The Dashboard
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Adam Duritz
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    Duritz was reported to be unmarried, as of August 2014.
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  • 2009
    Age 44
    In October 2009, Duritz was reported to be dating Shameless actress Emmy Rossum, with whom he had toured during the summer of 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 43
    In 2008, Duritz revealed he has grappled with a dissociative mental-health issue.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    In addition to his musical pursuits, Duritz was executive producer for the film The Locusts. He appeared in the 2007 mockumentary film Farce of the Penguins.
    More Details Hide Details Adam teamed with the Broken Lizard comedy troupe in 2009 as Executive Producer for the film Freeloaders (2011). The film revolves around "five guys and a girl who live in the lap of luxury in a rock star's mansion. But their sweet situation is threatened when the rock star decides to sell the home. The friends will do whatever it takes to maintain their rock and roll lifestyle, as hilarity and shenanigans ensue." Written by Dan Rosen and Dave Gibbs, the film stars Clifton Collins Jr., Olivia Munn, Jane Seymour and Dave Foley as well as a multitude of stars making brief cameos throughout.
    On January 15, 2007, Duritz announced that he was launching the boutique record label Tyrannosaurus Records, where he would be sole owner.
    More Details Hide Details His debut artists on the label included Notar and Blacktop Mourning. The label also re-released the one album by Duritz's former band, The Himalayans. As of 2015, the label was defunct.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    In November 2006, Duritz began production on the Chicago pop punk band Blacktop Mourning's debut record, under the name "The Devil and Bunny Show," alongside an album by Counting Crows guitarist David Immerglück.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 35
    Before the label was purchased by Interscope Records in 2000, Duritz had signed Joe 90, Gigolo Aunts, and Neilson Hubbard—all of whom he had taken on the road to open for Counting Crows.
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  • 1997
    Age 32
    In 1997, Adam Duritz co-founded E Pluribus Unum, an independent label in which he retained ownership.
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  • 1995
    Age 30
    In 1995, Duritz dated Jennifer Aniston.
    More Details Hide Details He has also dated Courteney Cox, Monica Potter, and Samantha Mathis.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 29
    He also collaborated with Nanci Griffith on "Going Back to Georgia" and "Talk To Me While I'm Listening" from Griffith's 1994 Album Flyer.
    More Details Hide Details Duritz also contributed the songs "Spin Around," "You Don't See Me," and "You're a Star" to the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack that were performed by the film's fictional title band. Along with band mates Vickrey, Bryson, and Immerglück, Duritz co-wrote the song "Accidentally in Love" for the soundtrack of the movie Shrek 2, winning them each an award from BMI. Duritz was also a judge for the 10th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.
  • 1990
    Age 25
    In 1990, Duritz joined with Bryson, and followed his lead in forming the band, The Himalayans.
    More Details Hide Details In the Himalayans, his songwriting talents were beginning to gain recognition from the other musicians and a song, albeit in its infancy, "Round Here" was written at that time. A year later, while The Himalayans recorded a demo tape for a major record label, Duritz and Bryson independently submitted another demo tape of just the two of them singing stripped-down musical selections, and they called themselves Counting Crows. After both tapes were listened to, Duritz and Bryson's tape was selected; they were asked to record the song on their debut album as it was. August and Everything After was the result, containing "Round Here". After they performed as the music guest on Saturday Night Live (SNL), their single "Mr. Jones" jumped 40 spots in the charts. He has collaborated with The Wallflowers (led by Jakob Dylan) on the album Bringing Down the Horse on the track "6th Avenue Heartache"; with Ryan Adams on Gold and the song "Butterfly in Reverse" from Hard Candy; with Peter Stuart on Propeller and Daisy; with Live on V; and with Dashboard Confessional on the track "So Long, So Long" from Dusk and Summer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on August 1, 1964.
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