This Week’s #TapeTuesday! Counting Crows “August and Everything After”

Here's your #TapeTuesday. Formed in 1991 in Berkeley, California, singer-songwriter Adam Duritz and guitarist-producer David Bryson began as an acoustic duo playing mostly coffee shops around Berkeley and San Francisco. They recorded some demos with David Immurgluck of the band Camper Can Beethoven, began expanding their sound into a five piece band and signed to Geffen a Records in 1993. A rousing performance by the then-unknown band at The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction of Van Morrison in January 1993 complete with a very enthusiastic introduction of the band by the legendary Robbie Robertson certainly helped grow buzz for the young band. The album was released that September and the rock-star-mentality-mocking "Mr. Jones" was an instant hit making August And Everything After the fastest selling Geffen album since Nirvana's Nevermind. The collection was produced by T-Bone Burnett and recorded in the bands living room in Los Angeles. To me the album has it's own distinct personality and perfectly captures a post-Desert Storm Midwestern vibe. In an era of grunge and jaded apathy Counting Crows stood out for reaching to influences older than the punk era: Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison and Neil Young. Still a striking, intense listen. Purchased at Coconuts Music & Video in Westmont, IL March 1995. #CountingCrows #AugustAndEverythingAfter #AdamDuritz #DavidBryson #MattMalley #CharlieGillingham #SteveBowman #TBoneBurnett #PatMcCarthy #ScottLitt #GaryGersh #MrJones #RainKing #RoundHere

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Every Tuesday night I have been posting a picture of a cassette tape from my collection. When I first fell in love with rock music, it was February 1995, I was 11 years old, and I was forced to buy cassette tapes instead of the then fashionable compact disc. To commemorate 20 years in love with rock music I decided to start #TapeTuesday. Here is the latest. Follow me on Instagram @andyderer.

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