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Counting Crows' Adam Duritz: "All of our songs have to hold an essential truth."

Adam Duritz / Counting Crows

Adam Duritz on Channeling The Who and Counting Crows’ Influence on Emo

Duritz talks Butter Miracle Suite One and the possibility of a Recovering the Satellites deluxe edition

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows joins Kyle Meredith for an in-depth discussion on the band's highly anticipated return to new music with the Butter Miracle Suite One. Opening up about his creative process, the frontman reveals the intriguing concept behind the album, essentially a small rock opera, and how a period of burnout in the music industry led to newfound inspiration and artistic direction.

During the interview, Duritz shares his admiration for The Who and how their influence played a role in shaping the musical landscape of Butter Miracle Suite One. Music's profound impact on his life becomes evident as he talks about how dissociative disorder has influenced his writing, adding a unique layer of depth to Counting Crows' musical journey.

Interestingly, Duritz expresses his surprise and pride in hearing numerous artists from the 2000s emo scene naming him as a significant influence on their work. This recognition serves as a testament to the lasting impact of Counting Crows' music on subsequent generations of musicians.

However, the conversation also touches on the challenges faced by the band, such as the struggle to release a deluxe edition of their album Recovering the Satellites due to label issues. Duritz reveals how Universal Records' misplacement and potential loss of files, along with the infamous Universal Studios fire, contributed to the difficulties in bringing the project to fruition.

Adam Duritz's candid insights provide a fascinating glimpse into the world of Counting Crows, shedding light on the band's creative process, the inspiration behind their new album, and the hurdles they've faced along the way. With the release of Butter Miracle Suite One, Counting Crows continues to captivate audiences with their signature sound and poignant storytelling.

Watch the interview above and then check out the videos below:

And an older interview with Adam and Kyle:

Kyle is the WFPK Music Director. Email Kyle at kmeredith@lpm.org