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Track 4: "All Signs" -trailer

 

 

Track 4: "All Signs"

 

 

Track 3 "Honey" trailer

 

 

About Track 3: "Honey"

 

I grew up across the road from an apple orchard and a quarter mile from an avocado and kiwi farmer. We also had our own ragtag orchard of sorts: an apricot tree, a cherry tree, pear, walnut, persimmon, lemon, several apple trees as well as some scraggly grapes and a tangle of blackberries.
Some years you were lucky to get a few pieces from any one tree or bush but something was always producing a good crop. And what we didn’t grow ourselves we’d often get in exchange for our honey. (In college, living away from home for the first time, I was miffed to learn people actually bought fruit!)
My dad tended five beehives and we always had more honey than we could possibly eat ourselves.
When I was 11 or 12, I can’t quite remember, the grassy, sloping, until-then-undeveloped acreage next door was subdivided. Soon after, my dad went to check on the hives to find they’d been stolen.
The theft of the hives marked a big turn in my home life which I’ve tried to write about in a lot of different ways. I had a lyric about that time sitting around for several months when @kwamecopeland and I went to Joshua Tree to work on music:
“dreaming of bees/honey on the comb/the way they swarmed and flew on their way home/one big whir/queen and drone/making honey....”
When he brought me some music one day that I thought would be a good fit, voila, “Honey” the song was fully realized!
Between now and it’s official release day, I’ll be sharing a bit of the inspiration and backstory for each song on The Department of the West (December 6, 2019), and a preview of the recording. Pre-order the record HERE and I’ll send you the featured song of the week of your order!

 

Track 2: "Let the River do the Running" Trailer

 

 

About Track 2: "Let the River do the Running"

 

 

Track 2: “Let the River do the Running”
The second song on The Department of the West started this way: butt in chair, pen in hand, door shut. A window looking out onto an expensive view added to the optimal conditions. Plus time. In this case, I was starting a weeklon
g songwriting retreat adjacent to a fast-moving river.
Wanderlust, wondering if the grass is greener elsewhere are feelings I’ve contended with throughout my life - considering those impulses and the qualities of the river before me resulted in “Let the River do the Running.” Several month’s later the lyrics received honorable mention in the American Songwriter Magazine -Sept/Oct 2017 Lyric Contest.
I’m super pleased with how the recording came together.
Between now and it’s o
fficial release day, I’ll be sharing a bit of the inspiration and backstory for each song on The Department of the West (December 6, 2019), and a preview of the recording. Pre-order the record (link in bio) and I’ll send you the featured song of the week of your order!

 

Track 1: "Lit by The Mystery" Trailer

 

 

11-week countdown til The Department of the West release

 

I’m happy to announce I’ll be releasing my latest record—The Department of the West—11 weeks from today on December 6, 2019! Eleven new songs written amid mountains and rivers, forests and creeks (why I thought I’d share a photo of me looking like a park ranger before playing at West Point Inn a couple weeks back) and recorded with a great band over the past year at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. Between now and it’s official release day, I’ll be sharing a bit of the inspiration and backstory for each tune, and a preview of the recording. Pre-order the record and I’ll send you the featured song of the week of your order. http://www.deborahcrooks.com/the_department_of_the_west/

 

"Long Roads" video Live at the Ivy Room

 

Solo acoustic version of a song that I recorded for the The Department of the West.

 

 

 

New Press for Bay Station: Monterey County Weekly, Latitude 38 and BoatUS

 

Bay Station has been getting some press for our Love the Bay series and more. Check out these articles in the Monterey County Weekly, Boat US and 'Lectronic Latitude 38:

Bay Station bring their adoration of Americana to Monterey’s East Village

Two San Francisco Bay boaters are combining what they love most — sailing, friends, and music

Bay Station's Love the Bay