Counting Crows Release
BitTorrent Music Bundle and Announces New Tour

‘Underwater Sunshine’ BitTorrent Bundle goes global to over 150 million BitTorrent users, inviting fans to sample new music in anticipation of the band’s upcoming North American indie rock showcase tour The Outlaw Roadshow

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - (May 14, 2012)— Three weeks ago, Counting Crows debuted Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) to the delight of fans and critics. To support the new album, the band is releasing a BitTorrent Bundle of new tracks, liner notes, and artwork from the album directly to the 150 million users of BitTorrent, as well as announcing the dates for their highly anticipated North American indie rock showcase tour The Outlaw Roadshow.

In partnership with San Francisco’s BitTorrent Inc., Counting Crows is offering four tracks, Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz's liner notes, and high-resolution album artwork as a BitTorrent Bundle directly to the young, digitally savvy users of the BitTorrent and µTorrent software. The tracks in the bundle include: “Untitled (Love Song)”, “Like Teenage Gravity”, “Hospital”, and “Meet on the Ledge”, and all are available for immediate download here.

Regarding this initiative Duritz says, "It’s a way to connect with anyone anywhere anytime. It's the cure for Babel. These are our new radio stations. Nobody's carrying a boombox on their shoulder waiting for you to tell them what they can listen to anymore. But everyone has an iPod in their pocket and a choice. Everyone. So we're going to give 150 million people some songs they can fit in their pocket and then let them choose for themselves. Listen once, twice, a thousand times, or not at all. It's up to you."

“Counting Crows is an enduring musical phenomenon, and a perfect example of a band embracing cutting-edge technology and networks for promotion and distribution,” says Matt Mason, executive director of marketing at BitTorrent. “Our unique BitTorrent Bundle option offers creators of all stripes the flexibility to distribute multimedia experiences directly to their fans at scale. Our commitment is to create powerful technology to connect cutting edge artists with new fans, enhance concert attendance and drive revenue. We’re incredibly honored for Counting Crows to embrace this vision.”

Counting Crows New Tour Dates:
Counting Crows recently completed a sold-out tour in support of their new release, Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation). The album features infectious interpretations of some of the band’s favorite songs, written by mostly underground artists, from Big Star to Teenage Fanclub to Dawes to Kasey Anderson. In the spirit of the new album, the Crows will be introducing some of their favorite artists on their summer tour, The Outlaw Roadshow, which takes its name from the indie rock showcases Duritz and Ryan Spaulding of Ryan's Smashing Life (www.RSLBlog.com) have been staging at CMJ and SXSW in recent years.

The Outlaw Roadshow featuring Counting Crows:

Leg #1 also features: Good Old War, Foreign Fields, and Filligar
June 9 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summerstage
June 12 Danbury, CT - Ives Concert Park
June 13 Utica, NY - Saranac Brewery
June 15 Toronto, ON - Echo Beach
June 16 Sylvania (Toledo) OH - Centennial Terrace
June 18 Cleveland, OH - Cain Park
June 20 Vienna, VA - The Filene Center at Wolftrap
June 22 Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook
June 23 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion