The Counting Crows new album, "Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings" isn't due out for nearly two months, but the band has given fans a chance to download two tracks off the album for free. When you visit the band's website at www.countingcrows.com you'll be presented with a "digital 45" page, which has a link to download 2 tracks off the album, "1492" from the Saturday Nights portion of the disc and "When I Dream Of Michelangelo" from the Sunday Mornings portion.
The first official single from the album due out March 25, is going to be a song called "You Can Count On Me," due to hit radio in early February. Another song from the new album, "Cowboys" was leaked on Alternative Addiction in December and has been one of the most listened to songs on this website since.
For Duritz, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings is “about dissolution and disintegration. It’s about when Saturday night happens and you lose all sense of yourself. And it’s about when you wake up Sunday morning and look back at the wreck you’ve made of your life and you think, 'How can I possibly fix this? How can I ever climb out of this hole?' And then you start to try and climb.”
Duritz says of the inspiration for the title, “When I finally realized what this record was about and that it was actually going to be two different records that fit together as one, the title popped into my head immediately. It's a title that's been used before in slightly different forms more than once, but none of them were the inspiration for my title. That came from a late night stop at a truck stop somewhere in Georgia while we were touring August and Everything After.
"One day I grabbed this bizarre looking double-cassette by Ralph Stanley called Saturday Night & Sunday Morning. After that, you had to fight me to get it out of the stereo. It's just an unreal record about sin and redemption with inspired song choices and unearthly performances from Stanley himself and a sea of guests. "These days, everybody wants to tell you how different every genre of music is and how one kind is good and another isn't. But on Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, country and bluegrass find a way to effortless prove that it's all really just music. Our album may not have much redemption in the end but we got all the sin I could live with and at least an attempt to try for something better."