Counting Crows guitarist David Bryson is celebrating his 36th birthday today. Bryson and
his bandmates revived the classic folk-rock sounds of artists like Van Morrison, the Band and Bob Dylan when they broke big in 1994 with their infectious hit, "Mr. Jones," which
helped send August and Everything After to the #4 slot on the album charts.
Former record producer Bryson first started performing with singer/songwriter/leader Adam Duritz in 1991, playing earnest folk-rock in bars around the San Francisco Bay area. The duo soon recruited guitarist Dan Vickrey, keyboardist Charlie Gillingham and drummer Steve Bowman to fill out their sound. In 1993, they began recording August and Everything After in a mansion in Los Angeles with T Bone Burnett handling production. "Mr. Jones" became an MTV staple for almost all of 1994.
"Round Here," another single off the album, was also a big hit for the band.
The group toured from the September 1993 release of August and Everything After
until the beginning of 1995, a tour which included dates opening up for the Rolling Stones
on their Voodoo Lounge tour. The lyrics to "Mr. Jones" were changed during this period
because Duritz no longer was interested in being a "big big star."
After taking six months off, they began work on their second album, 1996's Recovering The Satellites. The album went platinum and the band once again launched a never-ending tour, this time around sharing a double headline bill with the Wallflowers. The Crows are currently touring Europe and will begin work on their third album when they return.
Other birthdays: Ike Turner, 65; Paul Simon, 55; Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), 50;
Mike Score (A Flock Of Seagulls), 40; Bryan Adams, 38; Rob Fisher (Clime Fisher), 38
and Paris Grey (Inner City), 32.