Video: Inside Lands Sets Sail!

 

The talent for the next Inside Lands show has set sail for The Open Matt! Will the musical crew cross the Bay waters in time? How many songs might they write en route to the venue? Follow their nautical adventure and then meet The Welcome Matt, Yours Truly, Michele and Deborah Crooks in Oakland, August 26, 2017 at 7pm. Doors at 7:00 pm. Music at 7:30 pm. Seating is limited, please RSVP to drew@insidelands.org or reserve your seat in advance via Ticketleap:
 

"Be Kind" on WOS Radio...again!

 

 

Song Awards and Mentions

 

In the good news department, I received an honorable mention in American Songwriter Magazine's -Sept/Oct 2017 Lyric Contest for a song I wrote in Idaho in May: "Let the River Do the Running" !!  and"Wishing Tree" is a finalist in the Global Peace Song Awards, Folk category. 

 

Inside Lands Show: August 26 at The Open Matt in Oakland

 
 

Summer of Love Music benefit for Southern Poverty Law July 23

 

Please join me at The Backyard Summer of Love Music benefit for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Berkeley on July 23, 2017, 4-6pm This fun outdoor music event features music by Maggie Forti, Irene Sazer, myself, Steve Waters, and Andrea Prichett. Presented by Carleton St. Studios, all proceeds going to SPLC, an organization that works tirelessly to fight hate, teach tolerance and seek justice. 

Backyard Summer of Love Music benefit for the Southern Poverty Law Center
Sunday, July 23, 2017 4-6pm $25
RSVP, more info, email:  isazer@gmail.com
Bring a blanket, BYOB (though beer will be sold), and bask in the music while helping us raise money for SPLC.

 

 

Hello July: Records, recording, videos ...

 
Having started June at a songwriting residency in the Idaho mountains, I was a bit off the back concerning actual dates until last week...and now it's July! Jeepers. This month finds me mostly working behind the scenes, tinkering with a batch of new songs, and in the studio with Bay Station (finishing the recording we began in Joshua Tree in prep for a fall release)...as well as sitting on the docks of bays enjoying island life.;) We're also playing a few gigs around and about. Will I see you in SF or Fremont? Hope so! Wishing you well in the meantime. xo Deborah

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...three-dot songwriting: June recap

...A couple days after returning from Idaho, we headed to Georgia for a couple Bay Station dates. It's always fun to play in a very different part of the country, plus we managed some sightseeing (hello The Allman Brothers Band Museum and Daytona Beach)...a week or so later, the summer solstice found me hosting another soulful songwriter showcase — c/o Aireene Espiritu, Paige Clem and Claudia Russell —at The Octopus Literary Salon. (I'll be doing two more such songwriter features there this year, in September and December)...closting out June, Bay Station got back into trio formation to play poolside at Alameda's Summer Sailstice before helping The Monkey House celebrate its 5th anniversary.... Then it was  back to work with Bay Station on our Desert Songs project...many thanks, as always, to those who came to the shows! Looking forward to more. -DC

 

 

 

"Record of a Day" (Pint of Soul Video)

 
"Record of a Day" by Deborah Crooks
Back in  January, I spent an afternoon shooting a couple videos with  Pint of Soul at Amado's in San Francisco. This live version of"Record of a Day" (from the Beauty Everywhere CD)  features Art Khu on piano, Kwame Copeland on guitar, and Kim Xuan Nguyen on bass. Enjoy!
 

Octopus Songwriter Showcase at The Octopus Literary Salon - June 21

 

Nothing like hopscotching across the country over the past couple weeks to appreciate the Bay Area and all it's amazingness that much more. I love travel and I love the return ...and I love love love that I'm sharing a show with three FABULOUS SF Bay-based songwriters - Aireene Espiritu, Claudia Russel and Paige Clem- next Wednesday June 21 at The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland. These women are all on fire creatively (and there will likely be a special guest or two sitting in). Mark your calendars and join us.  

 

 

 

June Music: Soaking it In, Sending it Out

 

  I've just returned home from Stanley, Idaho, where I was honored to spend a week with seven other songwriters, working on our craft while taking inspiration from the surrounding mountains, meadows and rivers. It's a busy time: the writing retreat followed on the heels of the extremely fun run of Hot Water Sessions I did with the beautiful and talented Aireene Espiritu and Yours Truly, Michele, and tomorrow, I'm heading to the southeastern US for a trip that includes two shows with Bay Station.  Kwame, Steve and I are returning to venues we played on our cross-country 2016 tour. Friends in Macon or Atlanta, Georgia? Please find us at BearFoot Tavern on Wednesday, and back at Red Light Cafe in ATL on June 8. Speaking of return engagements, I'm back at Oakland's The Octopus Literary Salon on June 21 with another great group of songwriters; and Bay Station plays its third (or 4th?) Summer Sailstice at Encinal Marina on June 24 before helping celebrate the anniversary of Ira Marlowe's Monkey House in Berkeley. Viva summertime! With much gratitude, Deborah

Bay Station East and West

June 7, 2017 Bearfoot Tavern, 468 Second Street, Macon, GA 31201 8pm (trio) with special guest Josephine Johnson

June 8, 2017 Red Light Cafe, 553-1 Amsterdam Ave Atlanta, GA 30306 8pm The Ryan Taylor Band $8 adv/$12 door Tickets, more Info HERE

June 24, 2017 Summer Sailstice, Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina, Alameda, CA 94501  2pm

June 24, 2017 Monkey House, University Ave, Berkeley, CA Monkey House 5th Anniversary Party/ Benefit Show for MEALS ON WHEELS. 7pm-11pm set time tba

Octopus Songwriters: Aireene Espiritu, Paige Clem, Claudia Russel

I'm hosting another great bunch of artists for June:
Aireene Espiritu,  Claudia Russell and Paige Clem!  A $10 suggested donation gets you great original tunes from some of the Bay Area's finest. Plus The Octopus is all-ages, artist-friendly, and community-centric with a healthy menu and lots of books to boot. June 21, 2017 7pm Octopus Literary Salon 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, CA.

 

Hot Water Sessions Wrap- Up

 

Wow, what fun it was to play with Aireene Espiritu and Yours Truly, Michele last week. Thanks to those of you who came to the shows! And to our hosts in Niles, SF, Suisun City and Novato! We had a great little wrap-up house concert/party in Alameda, too. I'll be playing shows with both Aireene and Michele in the future so keep an eye out on the calendar. xo