I’ve had early 90s music on my mind lately. After giving the decade a bad rap for years, it must finally be distant enough now for me to feel the nostalgia. I can’t look back to that time without remembering what is still my favorite concert – Counting Crows in ’93 opening for Cracker.
It was Counting Crows first tour, even as an opener. The album was just getting airplay on the local indie/alternative station in Nashville (love you WRLT!) Didn’t know quite how their softer, mellower sounds of August & Everything After would hold up against the brute force of Cracker touring on their loud sophomore album Kerosene Hat. But it did. Not in a volume to volume sort of way, but the intensity of the Counting Crows set was amazing to witness on that small stage with a few hundred of the Nashville faithful.
The concert below is from a bit later, after the band had found itself more in the mainstream and had established itself as its own draw. The intensity is still there, though, and the songs still speak loudly for themselves – many of them VERY different from the album, but in ways that make you hear new things between the notes when you go back to listen to the album versions. That’s a good feeling to have for years after a show.
If you want to hear that raw sound that I heard that night, this is about as close as you’ll come. It’s audio taken from one of the Counting Crows/Cracker concert dates in Boulder, Colorado in August of 1993.