When a band hasn’t released a studio album of new music in four years, and then puts out an album made up entirely of cover songs, you might expect their fans to get restless. For Counting Crows fans, though, Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) is no less sweet because the band didn’t write the songs. Lead singer Adam Duritz and the gang have been doing covers, in full or sneakily added as bridges in live shows, since their inception. And, as Duritz says in the liner notes, “I’ve never stopped being a fan” of other people’s music.
Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows has long worn his influences on his sleeve, and the band often does live covers of their favorite artists. If you are an aspiring artist, head over to Indabamusic where you have until March 1st to submit your own Counting Crows cover for the chance at a signed Squier guitar, $600 to Guitar Center, and inclusion of your song on an EP. If you’re not into making music, you can head over and start listening to the submissions. Cover Me veteran Allison Crowe has already submitted a stunning version of “Raining in Baltimore.“
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These days Pure Prairie League may be best known as the origins of country superstar Vince Gill. Forget that. Gill only joined after all the original members had quit. Worth noting: one member left to run his pig farm. Now there’s country authenticity!
Today’s song comes from 1974, three years before the pig farm incident and four years before Gill appeared. Back then the band was comprised of five Ohio boys, trying to break it big. “Amie” was the group’s only pre-Gill hit. The Villains do it justice on their new album Just Another Saturday Night. They rock it up a tad, lending grittier vocals without losing the country swing. A little more Band, a little less Dead.