Deborah Crooks



February News: The Next Record


I've had my head down this past month, working on my two main projects of the year.  This week, I began recording my next record, getting into Tiny Telephone Studio with a great band and engineer to lay down basic tracks on 11 new songs. While I wrote the majority of the material over the past three years, I feel like the work is the culmination of the past 20 years. A concept album if you will, its muchly informed by my family history in the Western US and my own deep connection to place. With a working title of The Department of the West, these are songs of forgiveness, atonement and love. I'm pretty excited and grateful to be working on this project (which will likely be ready for other ears later this year), and the band I pulled together to bring it to life - Danny Allen, Mike Stevens and Kevin T White - are a joy to work with.
When I haven't been working on the new record, I've been co-creating and developing Bay Station's Love the Bay Music & Sailing video series with Kwame Copeland. This has been a hoot of another order! You can see our first 'full moon' video below; our first full episode, filmed aboard Espresso on the Oakland estuary features our friends Penny Opry, will be released this weekend. Stay tuned! 
Between all this production there hasn't been a lot leftover for gigs, so I'm glad to have several dates on the calendar this month and in March, close to home and at a home away from homes. Check the calendar and let's make a date at one of these shows. I'd love to see you.
xo, Deborah


"Trickster Moon" under the Super Blood Wolf Moon


Sunday, we got out on the water during the Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse - it was magic! Kwame and I made a video using the Bay Station tune “Trickster Moon” plus some of our footage from the voyage. Enjoy!


A New Year, Starring Hope


Art is the highest form of hope.” — Gerhard Richter

While I’m rarely satisfied with the amount of time in a day, and many aspects of 2018 were sobering personally and globally, I’m happy to have kept at creative work during the past year.
“Be Your Own Bird” fledged in February to mark my birthday; April saw the release of Bay Station's third full-length record Other Desert Cities; Kwame and I evolved our Love the Bay music and sailing project into two multi-day, sailing-boat-concert tours around the San Francisco Bay (and are expanding the concept in 2019*); and I released a fresh remix of one of my perennial tunes “Adding Water to the Ashes.”
I also was privileged to play music on mountains, porches, in backyards, rehab centers, yacht clubs, in living rooms, alongside old hangers as well as on traditional stages; finally got to Alaska (and fell in love with its beauty…and moose), wrote a bunch of new songs and chipped away at some long-term writing projects.
It took me many years to free up my voice and I’m so grateful to get to keep playing with words and music. And to meet and collaborate with so many kindred spirits along the way!
Thank YOU for reading, listening, and coming to shows. I'm excited for what's next.
Wishing you and yours peace, love and freedom of expression in the new year! Deborah


"Adding Water to the Ashes Remix" in the MTM Top folk/roots/blues/country picks



New Video from Bay Station's Love the Bay 2 Day 4



Adding Water to the Ashes - Remix (10th Anniversary Edition)



Adding Water to the Ashes

To commemorate its 10-year recording anniversary, the title track of my first full-length record is made-over with drum loops, synth bass and keyboards.


I wrote the title track to my first full-length record Adding Water to the Ashes in the early aughts and the song has since become one of my set-list perennials. While I was mulling how to commemorate its 10-year recording anniversary, I thought of my appreciation for remixes of favorite songs (ala DNA's version of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner"). So to bring "Adding Water to the Ashes" more fully into the present, I asked Mike Stevens of Lost Monkey Studio to remix the song. I'm super pleased with this newly realized version. Take a listen and let me know what you think!


Giving thanks, moving forward


I will always be telling this story... and

A funny thing happened the day before Thanksgiving. I'd gone to the local natural market in the rain for the Brussels sprouts and broccoli I needed for a friendsgiving the next day and ran into a TV crew. They asked me a couple of questions about eating salad and what I was grateful for, then moved on to the next shopper, and I got back to my own business.
I don't watch much TV so nearly forgot about it until a friend texted me a clip the next morning. Soon after, another pal sent me a screen capture, and throughout the weekend several more people let me know they'd seen me talking on TV.
I had to laugh about being widely viewed discussing vegetables and gratitude rather than everything else I've been doing. Then I realized it made perfect sense.
When the news team approached me, I wasn't yet aware of the broader angle they were working— about how E.coli contaminated lettuce was sickening folks across the country — so I didn't think to tell them that (in addition to liking some green on my plate and being grateful for a roof over my head, friends and family) I had nearly died from the same poisoning at a very young age, a near-death experience that taught me early about the sustaining power of the imagination (and the good reasoning behind the CDC's precautions). Finding bright spots and appreciation for life amid it all is, literally and figuratively, the story of my life (as well as many of my songs). Knowing this has given me the fuel to keep going, despite the news, despite unexpected detours and whatever other curve balls get thrown despite the best laid plans of mice and (wo)men. Persist we must!
Speaking of telling stories, I'm spending much of this month readying a batch of songs to start recording next month! Woohoo! It's been more than two years since I released Beauty Everywhere and new songs are now reaching critical mass.** So, other than a Bread and Roses gig and an-end-of-month Bay Station show, I'm thus far mostly playing out of the public eye in December.
Thanks as always for your interest and ears!
Love and appreciation, Deborah

**New Recording in 2019

I'm excited to start recording ten new songs I've written over the past couple years. Interested in becoming a backer?  Drop me a line to find out how you can support my recording efforts.  In the meantime, buying, streaming and sharing my recordings on BandCamp, iTunesAmazon,  Spotify etc. is super helpful!!

Donating proceeds from "Fire Song" sales


Kwame and I will be donating all proceeds from the sales of our song "Fire Song" on Bandcamp to charities helping those displaced by the recent fires.

We wrote "Fire Song" a few years ago during one of our desert writing sessions. It was based on a story we read about a fire in Marfa, but it could be about what too many Californians have been going through of late:

"Now we're staying on the other side of town, you borrowed your brother's truck
I’m wearing my momma's dressing gown, we're still counting on our luck
In the sunset and the waxing moon, the call of the mourning dove
Trying to put it all behind us, and save our love"
— from "Fire Song" on Bay Station Band's Other Desert Cites (2018)


Beauty, Attention, Action!


Yesterday morning, after dropping my other half off at the airport, I stopped at Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary to enjoy the sunrise and check out the overwintering shorebirds. With its views of the San Francisco Bay, city skyline and abundant bird life, the sliver of a trail along a salt marsh is one of my favorite places in Alameda. It was a stunningly beautiful morning, filled with light and birdsong, that left me feeling energized and inspired for the rest of the day ...and thankful to the sanctuary's namesake, whose attention and activism resulted in this bit of land and habitat being preserved. I was reminded again how the actions of one single person can impact many lives, current and future. I promptly went home and filled out my vote-by-mail ballot. Now, more than ever, I encourage you to stand up for what you love and believe in and use your voice. There is no time like the present to make a difference...
And to celebrate the good in the world! I'm happy I get to further extol the beauty of where I live by singing tomorrow during part 6 of Rhythmix’ Love Our Island Art Walk Series, fittingly themed "Radical Beauty." I'll be performing a variety of DC and Bay Station songs. Come find me!
Speaking of Bay Station, Saturday, the full band is in Petaluma at Lagunitas Taproom, a great place to kick back on a fall afternoon....we'd love to play for you. xoxo, Deborah

This Friday! November 2 Love Our Island Art Walk- Radical Beauty #6, Park St, A lameda, CA 6-9pm

The art-centric, creative place-making project utilizes public art, storefront art installations, and music performances to activate Alameda’s historic downtown districts. Find me playing at 1629 Park St, Alameda.

Saturday, November 3, Bay Station Band at Lagunitas Taproom, Petaluma, CA 3-6pm

280 N. McDowell Boulevard Petaluma, Calif. 94954
A full band show in the beer sanctuary!

Thanksgiving Morning Flow, Symmetry Yoga, Alameda, CA 9:30am

1708 Park St. Suite 130A Alameda, CA 94501 
An open level yoga class with live music! Kick off Thanksgiving with energizing yoga, good vibes and relaxing tunes.


Meeting the Muse at the Monkey House


I'm pleased to return to The Monkey House in Berkeley this Thursday, Oct. 25, as part of the Meeting the Muse series. Meeting

the Muse is a monthly showcase featuring women songwriters from the Bay Area and beyond. The Monkey House is a gem of a listening room run by songwriter Ira Marlowe. I'm planning a set of vintage and recent-penned tunes from recordings past and future, and I'd love to see your smiling face in the audience. Along with myself, October Meeting the Muse artists are host Laura Zucker and Jade Way. Please join us! xo, Deborah


Meeting the Muse, a Celebration of Women and Song

Admission $10-$20 sliding scale
October 25th, Thursday, 7:30pm (doors 7)
Monkey House, 1638 University Avenue in Berkeley. Reserve a seat by emailing: