Nelson and Counting Crows return to Calaveras County

Counting Crows returns to the Ironstone Amphitheatre on July 3.

Another pair of shows has been announced for the Ironstone Amphitheatre outside Murphys. Counting Crows and Live perform on July 3 and Willie Nelson and Family and Alison Krauss appear on July 28.

Counting Crows celebrates 25 years of music making as the worldwide “25 Years and Counting” tour stops in Calaveras County. The band has sold more than 20 million albums around the world.

Nelson and Counting Crows return to Calaveras County

Willie Nelson performs July 28 near Murphys.

“The nice thing about having 25 years of music to celebrate and seven studio albums we absolutely love to choose from is that we can play a different show every night,” said Crows vocalist Adam Duritz. “The nice thing about touring with Live is that we get to spend yet another summer with old friends who play great music. We can’t wait!”

Live singer and guitarist Ed Kowalczyk echoes those sentiments.

“Live is beyond excited to get out on the road this summer and play for our fans,” he said. “We are freshly reunited and performing with a confidence and ferocity that we can’t wait for people to experience. The fact that we will be sharing the stage once again with the incomparable Counting Crows is icing on the cake!”

With Duritz, Jim Bogios on drums, David Bryson on guitar, Charlie Gillingham on keyboards, David Immergluck on guitar, Millard Powers on bass and Dan Vickrey playing guitar, Counting Crows celebrates more than two decades of music on this tour. The band exploded onto the scene with the multiplatinum album “August and Everything After” in 1993. Known for creating unique and innovative concerts year after year, Counting Crows is recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent live rock bands. The band released its seventh studio album “Somewhere Under Wonderland” in September 2014, which earned critical acclaim as one of the “band’s best,” scored a top 10 debut and was recognized as one of the group’s “stronger works” by USA Today.

Live is the multiplatinum-selling band from Pennsylvania that has sold more than 22 million albums. Kowalczyk is joined by Chad Taylor on guitar and backing vocals, Patrick Dahlheimer on bass and Chad Gracey on drums and percussion. The act boasts hits like “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “All Over You” and “Lakini’s Juice.”

The amphitheater turns to country and bluegrass favorites as Nelson and Krauss arrive on July 28.

Nelson is considered by many to be an American musical treasure. He has performed for six decades and shows no signs of slowing down.

“It is always a thrill to have Willie back at Ironstone,” says a release from the Richter Entertainment Group, which books the shows at the amphitheater. “He has given us some of our greatest shows, and last year’s sold-out show with Kacey Musgraves was as amazing as ever. Getting to have Willie return two years in a row is fantastic, and this show with the legendary Alison Krauss promises to be one for the ages. While Alison Krauss may have a few decades less than Willie to her career, she has sold more than 12 million records to date, and her honors include 27 Grammys, nine Country Music Association awards, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and two Gospel Music Association awards.”

Nelson has released more than 200 albums. The iconic Texan is the creative mind behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” He has received every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist.

For 2018, Nelson has slated the release of “Last Man Standing,” due this month, to celebrate his 85th birthday. The album is comprised entirely of songs newly written by Nelson and longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon.

“These 11 essential new songs add to his classic catalog, and acknowledges the transience of time while marveling at the joy, beauty and surprise the world has to offer,” says a release. “It finds Willie Nelson rolling at a creative peak, writing and singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that comes from the road, which he still travels along performing for fans.”

“Windy City,” Krauss’ latest solo album released in early 2017, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums charts and received two Grammy nominations. The album was produced by Buddy Cannon, whose vocal harmonies Krauss grew up listening to and were the soundtrack to her childhood.

“Buddy sang harmonies on everything back then,” Krauss said. She also reveals of Cannon, “I don’t do something unless I feel like I’m called to do it. That’s what I felt like, so I honored it. It’s like the same feeling of when you know something is right musically, with a song or a batch of songs – the same feeling, but this was attached to a person instead of a batch of songs.”

Since 1985, Krauss has released 14 albums, including five solo efforts, seven with her longtime band and musical collaborators Union Station and others.

Both the Counting Crows and Live and Nelson and Krauss shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday at or call 551-8497.


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