Counting Crows, Wallflowers kick off Canalside concert series tonight
blog by Steve Wilger • June 28, 2013 @ 12:19pm
Getting their early-nineties start in Berkeley, Calif., the multi-platinum rock band Counting Crows are perhaps best known for their T-Bone Burnett-produced debut album, August and Everything After and its chart-topping single, “Mr. Jones.”
In Thom Jurkey’s Rolling Stone review, he touted singer Adam Duritz’s performance and noted the apparent influence of classic artists like The Band, Van Morrisson and U2.
“Great rock & roll is often cinematic, creating worlds that listeners can enter, sonic moments that they can live in,” Jurkey wrote. “What is most impressive about August and Everything After, the debut album from the Bay area quintet Counting Crows, is how many such moments there are.”
The aftermath of their initial success catapulted them to mainstream notoriety, television exposure on the Saturday Night Live and the Late Show with David Letterman, and even an opening slot touring with The Rolling Stones.
As they tour in support of Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation, the band’s 2012 album of cover songs, The Counting Crows are reunited with former tourmates and fellow West Coast rockers The Wallflowers.
Jakob Dylan, son of legendary songwriter Bob Dylan, formed The Wallflowers in 1989 and became a regular performing act in the Los Angeles music scene before releasing their debut album in 1992.
Dylan and The Wallflowers’ shining moment came in their multi-platinum follow-up record, Bringing Down The Horse, produced, incidentally, by T-Bone Burnett. One of the album’s resulting singles, “One Headlight,” garnered the band two Grammy awards, a number one spot on Billboard’s Modern Rock and Adult Top 40 charts and a place in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs of All Time.
In his AllMusic review, James Chrispell described the track as “a hauntingly beautiful song complete with a catchy sing-a-long chorus. Jakob proves that he is the proper heir to his father’s throne.”
Opening tonight’s show will be Buffalo-born musician, Willie Nile, whose 1980 self-titled debut album widely earned him critical recognition with New York Times critic Robert Palmer calling him “one of the best singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in a long time.”
Nile’s latest album, American Ride, is available now.