April 19th, 2012, 12:02 pm · · posted by GUEST
Adam Duritz & Co. return to Los Angeles reinvigorated and infused with more country feel than ever.
Much of what you hear on country radio these days could pass for classic rock, even pop. Yet occasionally the reverse happens: a rock band comes along to fill in missing gaps in that old country and Western sound.
Indeed, the just-released sixth album from long-running California band Counting Crows — Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation), a compilation of covers that may be obscure to those unfamiliar with Americana roots — has more twang than most Nashville stars have shown lately.
Their take on “Return of the Grievous Angel,” for starters, kicks off with banjo playing like you might hear at the Grand Ole Opry. And when iconic frontman Adam Duritz belts out Gram Parsons’ winsome melody, you can really hear it, the same thing that’s become easily detectable in country crossover star Darius Rucker’s work post-Hootie and the Blowfish: there’s that Western thing, bolstered by a Tex-Mex beat.
On stage, however, it’s still a rock show. Even that same song, performed toward the end of the Crows’ performance Tuesday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, went easy on the banjo and heavier on guitar.
What continues to shine after all these years with this bunch is their first-rate musicianship; they not only excel at what they do, they truly seem to love doing it.
See the full post and live review: Counting Crows impress at Club Nokia is a post from Roxanne Hack on the Soundcheck Blog