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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

 

 

Hot Water Sessions begin this week in Niles, San Francisco, Suisun City, Novato and Alameda

 

Jump in! The Hot Water Sessions — aka a Bay Area run of shows in intimate, acoustic listening rooms I'm doing with Aireene Espiritu and Yours Truly, Michele — start this Wednesday in Niles at the Mudpuddle, before venturing to SF, Suisun City, Novato and Alameda. Join us at one or more of these great venues:

            May 17  Muddpuddle Shop, Fremont, CA  7pm Hot Water Sessions 2017 — Soak in the Sounds of Sultry Americana — Kick-off Party with Aireene Espiritu, Deborah Crooks, and Yours Truly, Michele

            RSVP/More info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1860826930831504/

            May 18   The Lost Church, San Francisco, CA 7:30pm Hot Water Sessions/#FolkFightsBack Benefit Tickets http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1459109?utm_medium=459899

            May 19   Barkissimo, A Floating Oasis, Suisun City, CA, 7pm  Hot Water Sessions;  More info/to RSVP boatysattva@gmail.com

            May 20  Hopmonk Tavern, Novato, CA 1pm in the Beer Garden

            May 21 Tiny House Concert, Alameda  6pm Hot Water Sessions 2017 — Soak in the Sounds of Sultry Americana - closing partyRSVP baystationband @ gmail.com

Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/422569208106322/

 

"Found" on WOS Radio

 

#Podcast Episode 616 of Women of Substance Radio features Music By Deborah Crooks Nicolette Aubourg Music Amanda West Jan Seides Susan Horowitz Renee Rojanaro Canary Burton Linda Newlin Mary Segato - Songs Judy Coder - Musician Ruth Gregor Greenrose Faire. Listen in:

 

May Music: By the Bay, On the Mountain and in the Water

 

I'm just on my way home from a happy-making nine days of yoga, music and road-tripping through California. I'd want this trip to continue if I wasn't so excited about the "Hot Water Sessions" upcoming this month with Aireene Espiritu and Yours Truly, Michele ! Do you have a ticket to one of the shows yet? We're playing a sweet run of special venues in Niles, San Francisco, Suisun City and Alameda. From former churches to yachts, beer gardens to house concerts, ther is something for everyone.Join us at one show or all!:

Wednesday, May 17
Hot Water Sessions 2017 Kick-Off Party at
The Mudpuddle Shop
Donations welcomed. Limited seating, RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/1860826930831504/
 
Thursday, May 18
Hot Water Sessions @
$10 advance/ $15 day of show. Advance tickets recommended: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1459109
 
Friday, May 19
Hot Water Sessions @
$20  RSVP to boatysattva@gmail.com
Barkissimo is located in the heart of downtown Suisun City, across the grand plaza from Main Street. Bring a home made dish to share with the community.
 
Saturday, May 20
Hot Water Sessions @
Donations welcomed. In the beer garden.
 
Sunday, May 21
Hot Water Sessions @
A Private House Concert 
ALAMEDA, CA
$20. Limited seating,  RSVP to baystationband@gmail.com

Bay Station

Bay Station had a GREAT time in Joshua Tree recording a batch of new material. We're aiming to have the project listener-ready by late fall. In the meantime, look for us live around the Bay Area:

May 12, 2017 The Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501 8pm Full band show with The California Sons.

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Announcing the Hot Water Sessions! Aireene Espiritu, Deborah Crooks and Yours Truly, Michele

 
Poster design by "Nemo"
I'm getting excited about the "Hot Water Sessions" I'm doing with the wonderful Aireene Espiritu and Yours Truly, Michele in May! Join us in several of our favorite venues in Niles, San Francisco, Suisun City and/or Alameda:
 
Hot Water Sessions 2017 Kick-Off Party at
The Mudpuddle Shop
Donations welcomed. Limited seating, RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/1860826930831504/
 
 
Hot Water Sessions @
 
Hot Water Sessions @
$20  RSVP to boatysattva@gmail.com
Barkissimo is located in the heart of downtown Suisun City, across the grand plaza from Main Street. Bring a home made dish to share with the community.
 
Hot Water Sessions @
Donations welcomed. In the beer garden.
 
Hot Water Sessions @
A Private House Concert 
ALAMEDA, CA
$20. Limited seating,  RSVP to baystationband@gmail.com
 
More about the artists: 
 
Aireene Espiritu 
"Folk singer-songwriter Aireene Espiritu works in the elemental substance of vernacular American music with an uncanny ease. Whether blues, hillbilly, soul, folk or R&B...[she] demonstrates masterly command of each."- Jonny Whiteside, Los Angeles Times
 
Deborah Crooks
"California songwriter Deborah Crooks’ is simply too original to be a singer who will be known as someone who sings like…like no one. She changes gears seamlessly and in regards to Lucinda [Williams], Deborah may have a wider pallet of styles than even Lucinda." - John Apice, No Depression 
 
Yours Truly, Michele http://michelekappelstone.com/
"She’s a celebration. No matter your mood, you’ll walk away with a smile. It’s cheaper than therapy." Tony DuShane, San Francisco Chronicle
With a sound infused with 60s pop, shadowy torch songs, and touched by by Americana Roots-Rock, it is truly Michele Kappel’s own brand of music.
 

April Music Action

 

The heavy winter rains have yielded beautiful flowers and green hills in California, and I'm taking those visual cues to stay positive. April finds me mostly playing with Bay Station Band, before I pivot back to DC shows in May. Hope to see you out there! xo, Deborah