Counting Crows is an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band consists of Adam Duritz (lead vocals, piano), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (accordion, keyboards), Dan Vickrey (lead guitar), David Immerglück (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Jim Bogios (drums) and Millard Powers (bass).
Counting Crows gained popularity following the release of its debut album, August and Everything After (1993), which featured the hit single “Mr. Jones.” They have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for their song “Accidentally in Love,” which was included in the film Shrek 2.
The band’s influences include Van Morrison, R.E.M., Mike + The Mechanics, Bob Dylan, and The Band.
The band actively encourages the recording of its concerts and the distribution of the resulting bootleg recordings (though the tapers who create the recordings eschew such terminology on account of its association with unauthorized creation and its tendency to imply that the taper has black-market commercial intentions: see “Taper (concert)”). The band hosts a trading network on its website to enable fans to swap concert recordings. Sale of fan recordings for profit is prohibited; fans must either trade their own recordings for others or pay for blank media, postage, and packaging. An unofficial torrent site, named Crowstown, offers a vast quantity of video and live audience recordings for free.