Deborah Crooks

 
 

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Love the Bay 2019: Episode 4 with Karen Hildebrand is LIVE

 

 

Recording Trailer

 

 

"Springtime Come Early" (Super Moon Special)

 

Hand-in-hand with our monthly music & sailing ‘Love the Bay’ artist feature, Kwame and I are making a video filmed on & around the full moon each month. We just finished the latest in the series, l featuring a song from a few years back “Springtime Come Early,” as well as baby geese, drawing, night sailing, guitar licks and more! Take a look! Full video:

 

Meanwhile, back in the studio

 

Mixing has begun! Bit by bit, the 11 new tracks are coming together. I spent another couple days at Tiny Telephone last week, putting the finishing touches on the vocals and listening, listening as engineer Maryam Qudus began the mixing process, loading reels of tapes, moving faders and adjusting levels to get all the parts to sit just right. I'll go back for more of this mid-summer.

Would you like to support my project? You can pre-order The Department of the West, for any amount between $10 and infinity, by clicking HERE. 

 

 

 

Love the Bay 2019: Episode 3 is LIVE

 

Bay Station's Love the Bay video series is cruising along. Check out Episode 3 with the amazing Felsen:

 

Spring Sailing, Recording and the Butterfly Effect

 

"In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state."

Butterflies have been showing up all month. I had butterflies in my stomach, standing in the green room of The Lost Church late last month. It's always a little nerve-wracking playing new songs live so I'm extra grateful to the super-friend audience that came to our show and great band who played with me in late March—thank you. I'm super happy with how the songs are shaping up in the studio and out. It feels good to start airing the new arrangements live, and I will be adding more of such shows to the calendar soon!
In the meantime, when I'm not in the studio recording, I'm likely to be on the water as part of Bay Station's Love the Bay video and sailing series. We've a new episode with Felsen about to drop later this week, another waiting for editing, plus three more sessions and a Bay tour planned between now and the end of May....

Recording: The Department of the West

Recording studios are kind of like cocoons, and I took it as a good omen that actual butterflies are migrating over California as I've been spending time at Tiny Telephone working on 11 new tracks. The new record, The Department of the West, is all about my love of land and place, where I am and where I've been, underwritten by my concern with how history has and is playing out. It's a volatile time, as you all know full well, rife with possibility. Actions, of course, large and small, make all the difference.

For weeks, I've been seeing photos of the wildflower super-bloom all over California, riots of poppy and lupine, owl's clover and mustard. Another friend posted about a swarm of migrating Painted Lady butterflies that were expected to fly over the Bay Are next. Signs of spring have been a bit less showy in Alameda, but no less encouraging. The daffodils are blooming steady, poppies are popping up in medians, and the few freesias and iris are opening despite the intermittent rain. I walked outside one morning, headed to the city to record, and startled a flock of waxwings from the Pyracantha. As if on cue, I pulled through the studio gate to see a butterfly flutter across the driveway and land briefly on the side of the building.

“Did you see butterflies?” I asked Maryam Qudus, the wonderful artist and engineer who is running the board during my sessions. Perhaps she'd seen the rumored swarm.

We'd be inside most of the day, Danny Allen chipping away at more guitar tracks and Kwame Copeland popping by to add harmonica and vocals to a couple songs. I didn't get outside to look for anymore lepidopterans. Downtown, high school kids were marching for the climate as part of a global protest. I don’t know if the butterflies flew over their rally, but I like to imagine they did.
I'm back in the studio this month, putting the finishing touches on my vocals and starting to mix! Interested in supporting my project? You can pre-order The Department of the West, for any amount between $10 and infinity, by clicking HERE.

 

 

 

Thanks friends and great musicians...

 

Thanks friends and great musicians for helping me fledge my latest music on Saturday. So fun to play with a wonderful crew and send the new songs into the air - looking forward to more as the new record shapes up. Back to the studio soon to put the finishing touches on the tracks and begin mixing!

 

Last call for advance tickets to Saturday's show!

 

 March 23, Live in SF at The Lost Church

 
When you have the opportunity to do a show with the same great band you are recording new tunes with, you do it! Tomorrow, I’ll return to The Lost Church to play the songs from my in-progress record backed by a powerhouse group: Danny Allen, Mike Stevens and Kevin T White. Consider it a ‘record preview.’ Plus Danny will be playing a set of his own great material. Today is the last day to get advance tickets to the show for an easy $10 ($15 day of show online & at door)—
Real live music at one of SF’s coolest (& increasingly rare) listening venues. I'd love to see you there. TICKETS LINK HERE
 

 

KALX, Tiny Telephone and The Lost Church THIS Saturday!

 

Live on KALX 90.7FM
Gearing up our gig on Saturday at The Lost Church, I visited KALX along with co-bill Danny Allen as a guest of DJ Meaty Paws. We both chatted about our music, played a few of our tunes and gave away tickets to the show. Then we went back to Tiny Telephone to continue working on the new record.

 I'd love to share these new tunes with you! I'll be playing songs from the record I'm working on and Danny will play a set of his great tunes. I hope you'll pick up tickets in advance, grab a pal and help us make it a great night!
Saturday, March 23, 2019, Live at The Lost Church
Deborah Crooks & Danny Allen
The Lost Church
65 Capp St.
San Francisco, CA
DOORS 7:30PM; MUSIC 8:00PM
$10 adv| $15 door  

 

 

New Video "Sleeping Hard Waking Slow"

 

The video for Bay Station's “Sleeping Hard Waking Slow” brings the tune full circle: We filmed it down the road from where we wrote and recorded the song during a rare desert snow. Enjoy!