Our guest this week on Art of the Song is singer, writer, producer and entrepreneur, Adam Duritz. Adam is best known as the frontman and lead songwriter for the alt-rock band, Counting Crows. The band was formed in the early 1990s with producer David Bryson and guitarist David Immergluck. After they performed as musical guests on Saturday Night Live, their single “Mr. Jones” rose 40 spots on the charts. In 2008 Adam was diagnosed with “depersonalization disorder,” a mental condition that causes him to feel disconnected from his own thoughts and body. After six years of silence, Counting Crows has released a new album, Somewhere Under Wonderland. We spoke with Adam about the new album, the challenges of being a band leader, and the insights he’s gained through coping with his mental disorder.
ADAM DURITZJen Zaman