Deborah Crooks



Bay Station Love the Bay Video Series with Aireene Espiritu


Earlier this week we released the eighth episode of our Love the Bay Music & Sailing Series. Did you see it? Aireene Espiritu talks about her life in music, recording with Little Village Foundation and her project, The Color Coded Symphony. Take a look:


September Songs, Shows & Record Update


Happy new month!

I hope you are thoroughly enjoying these late days of summer. As I'm preparing for another month of shows around the state, I'm listening to the test masters of my new record The Department of the West! I'm so excited to be that much closer to releasing these songs to your ears.  My head has been down much of this year, working on this record and the Love the Bay Music & Sailing Series, and its gratifying to realize them both.  Read on for details on shows, a track list for the record and how to get an advance copy, plus the next Love the Bay episode.

The Department of the West
Deborah Crooks
track list:

  1. Lit By The Mystery
  2. Let the River do the Running
  3. Honey
  4. All Signs
  5. A Garden
  6. Department of the West
  7. My New Sweet
  8. Long Roads
  9. The Other Side
  10. River Stones
  11. What the Land Will Tell You

Pre-order Department of the West, for any amount between $10 and infinity, and receive an advance copy before its official December release date! And also help me take this to the finish line! To pre-order Click HERE. 


#TB Something Special


release show for Something Special, a 3-song EP of 'stray' songs (a tune about being obsessed with Bigfoot as a child; an 'unfinished' song about getting lost in San Diego I finally decided was finished; and a he-done-me-wrong ditty written in a Travelodge near LAX) recorded when we had some time left at the end of a Bay Station recording session at Lost Monkey. I recall a fun gig at Awaken with some of my favorite locals and one of my favorite gig posters to date by R.Black.

(If you missed Something Special the first time around, you can find it here:…/something-special-ep )



Bay Station 1-2


Bay Station plays on terra firma this weekend:

August 23, 2019 The Fireside, 1453 Webster St., Alameda, CA w/John Rybak & Friends and Voodoo Cabaret. Bay Station kicks off the evening at 9pm

August 24, 2019 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, Webster Stage, Palo Alto, CA 1pm (duo)


Bay Station Love the Bay Video Series with Bob Hlllman


 Just before I lit out for the foothills last weekend, Kwame and I released the seventh episode of our Bay Station Love the Bay Music & Video series. This month's featured guest is Bob Hillman, a great artist we met through a songwriting group years ago who recently released yet another excellent record Some of Us are Free, Some of Us Are Lost. Bob shared several songs from the record plus a lot of great insight into his writing process:



August Music Doings: Gigs, Love the Bay & New Record update


I spent a good amount of last month vacationing in Washington, Colorado and Wyoming. After all that singing and listening to the new record-in-progress, The Department of the West, it was time to be in it.  This month (and much of the next year!), I'll be taking the material that much more to heart, spending yet more time in quintessentially Western regions.  I'm again heading for the hills, albeit these in California, to play a few shows outside Yosemite. Will you be near the the national park this weekend or have you friends in Mariposa or Coulterville?  Thanks for coming by and/or spreading the word!
Yes, mixing of The Department of the West is complete and the tracks are onto the next steps in the production line. I'm excited! (You can pre-orderThe Department of the West for any amount $10 and up, by clicking HERE.)

Finally, while I've spent a lot of time away from the coast this summer, the Bay Station Love the Bay project continues apace! Read on HERE for all the details. THANK YOU! Deborah

Next Steps for The Department of the West


This month has felt like a vortex of sorts, one of those periods of times where many things are ending and beginning at once. Bay Station released a new Love the Bay episode (featuring Michael McNevin) the day we started another bay tour (fun!); we filmed another episode and then I went into the studio to finish mixing the new record(!!!!) Amid all this, there’ve been friends coming and going, from celebrating big events or significant birthdays, to moving or outright leaving this realm - dear friend, voice teacher and amazing human Faith Winthrop. 

And then of course there’s all the crises rumbling in the country, on the border and in the air. It’s a lot to hold. Was it all the planets lining up a few days ago? The full moon lunar eclipse? It’s seemed  like a good time to pause for a moment and consider next steps...which is a lot of what I’ve been doing this week on a family trip to Washington and now Wyoming. Big sky and water and land are what led to the songs on The Department of the West so spending time in these  locations as I’ve been listening to the mixes (figuring out an order before I send the files to the mastering engineer) has been kind of perfect. 

As will be playing these songs live next week in San Francisco! Thursday July 25 I’m sharing a bill with The Handler Brothers and White Limozeen - come on out!




More Love the Bay July 3-5



Bay Station is once again setting sail around the San Francisco Bay, playing music with special guests at our ports of call in San Francisco and Sausalito. Tune in on Facebook or Instagram for daily broadcasts from Espresso's aft deck stage!


Songs About Something Recap


What a delight it was to share a stage with Paige, Josephine and Laura on Sunday for Paige's Songs About Something Series. We each played four songs, one each along the Old, New, Borrowed and Blue theme. My mini-set featured "Grandma Mission Blues" (Old), "River Stones" (new), "Long Roads" (Blue) and "Airstream Song" by Miranda Lambert (Borrowed.) Thanks to the all friendly faces who came to the show.

Here's a snippet of "Long Roads":


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June 23 Songs about Something at The Ivy Room


Ivy Songs 2019