It didn’t take long for the lead singer of the San Fransisco-based rock band Counting Crows to become a Daytrotter disciple.
Daytrotter.com, the Quad City-based site run by Sean Moeller, records and posts music by bands passing through the area. Moeller worked with many acts before they hit big, such as Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie and Vampire Weekend. The site also has recorded music legends such as Glen Campbell, Kris Kristofferson and Carly Simon.
Just like the website has grown through the word-of-mouth of fans, Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz first heard about it from other musicians. He had to hear it for himself.
“I just checked it out and flipped,” Duritz, 47, recalled during a telephone interview while on his way to a show in Washington, D.C., last week.
“I just couldn’t believe there was a website that, at the time, had 1,500 sessions of music for free. I didn’t know anything like that existed. I just lived on it for a while. There’s not a lot of stuff out there like it. But there should be. It’s a perfect site for a music geek like me.”
- Daytrotter presents Barn on the Fourth, featuring Counting Crows, Foreign Fields, Good Old War and Filligar
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
- Codfish Hollow Barn, 3437 288th Ave., Maquoketa
- COST: $40 or $30 for Daytrotter.com members
Likewise, Duritz also became an intent follower of Daytrotter’s Barnstormer Tours, particularly its annual July 4 stop at a barn outside Maquoketa.
So this year, the Counting Crows will headline the third annual Barn on the Fourth at Codfish Hollow Barn. Two of Counting Crows’ tourmates, Foreign Fields and Filligar, will join the band in Eastern Iowa.
The band’s setlist and performance will probably be similar to the band’s summer Outlaw Roadshow Tour, which includes the July 26 RAGBRAI 40th anniversary concert in Cedar Rapids. The San Francisco band, which formed in 1991, released its sixth studio album, “Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation),” in April.
Duritz met Daytrotter founder Moeller last year at the CMJ (formerly College Music Journal) Music Marathon in New York City. The two already had exchanged lengthy messages on Facebook and Twitter.
- The Counting Crows are scheduled to perform July 26 in Cedar Rapids as part of the RAGBRAI stop and celebration.
“It’s just cool. He’s been a great supporter of us over the past few years. He just wanted to play this place for the same amount of time,” Moeller says.
“You can tell the excitement in his voice when he talks about wanting to play here, and I don’t think any of it is fake. For some reason, he’s become infatuated with our Barnstormer shows and this barn in particular. He kind of willed this to happen.”
Only 650 seats will be available for the concert. The audio also will be streamed live at Daytrotter.com.
— David Burke, Quad City Times