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Counting Crows' Adam Duritz talks love, heartbreak, swift songwriting and more

Adam Duritz is always, unfailingly, Adam Duritz. It's a gift and a curse. The Counting Crows frontman's songs are written in blood and loss and more than a touch of mania; they've taken their weary toll.

He has battled depression; he has been diagnosed with a dissociative disorder that makes things seems unreal, or maybe too real, or maybe just too weird. Being Adam Duritz is both awesome and awful.

"A few years ago, I got tired of everything," says the man behind such painfully lovely and very profitable '90s laments Round Here and A Long December. "I really got bitter about things. I didn't feel like writing for myself anymore."

It wasn't always that way. Back when he was in the midst of selling 20 million albums worldwide — MTV's Best New Artist, Grammy-nominated for the same title — comparisons to Bob Dylan didn't seem totally far-fetched.

"I wrote Rain King in 40 minutes," he says. "I tend to sit down and stay with a song, you know, eight or nine hours sometimes. If I don't finish something, I throw it out. I always know. If they're no good, I just throw them out."

Now, with a new album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, in the works, he's ready to write and sing again. Counting Crows will kick off a summer tour June 11 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa; tickets start at $49.50. Click here for details.

For more of Sean Daly's interview with Adam Duritz, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 1:53pm]


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