Deborah Crooks





Howl! 'Howl', is shorthand in our house for hurt and disappointment. And howl I did after receiving a text from Kwame and another bandmate about the passing of Tom Petty yesterday. Not Petty! Not Petty on an already soul-crushing day. And like so much of Petty's music has done for me throughout my life, the news about his death focused the uneasy grief I'd been feeling since morning, about Las Vegas, about how fast things can change, about how fragile we all are.


I grew up with Tom Petty's music. He was touring his fifth album when I attended his show at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. I was 14 years old and had already been singing along to "Refugee" on the radio for a few years, but I'd never been to a rock show before. My older sister drove me and my best friend Sally into town, and we lined up on the sidewalk in the foggy evening air. I was excited, shivering slightly in my favorite striped Esprit shirt. I had no idea I'd soon be ecstatic.

Petty came on stage, a young, prowling, slightly goofy-looking, supremely confident, blue-eyed dervish. He twinkled, and he and the rest of the band rocked in the truest, most unabashed sense of the word. I made my way up to the edge of the stage so I could get a little closer to his bright light, and danced and screamed like the teenybopper I was, leaving the auditorium a believer, in music, in myself, in the strength to speak — and sing — truth to power.

Inspiration. Inspiration is gold. It's an especially good time to play Petty's music. Loud. And howl a bit as needed.

And then go see some live music!

Beauty Everywhere is a year old this month. Tag me on Instagram with your latest #BeautyEverywhere find and I'll send you a download code. In the meantime, I'm heading up to Marin next week for a few unplugged days on the mountain.

Truth! Beauty! Love, Deborah

"Deborah Crooks makes the case for a return to the roots of rock"- Consequence of Sound


Octopus Songwriter Showcase at The Octopus Literary Salon - September 20


Tonight at The Lost Church: Another Hot Water Session


This weekend: Hot Water Sessions in San Francisco and Martinez

Join me this weekend as I take part in a couple gigs with my Hot Water Session pals, including Yours Truly, Michele and special guests, starting tonight at The Lost Church!


Good times and what's next


September sees more shows with Michele, ala May's Hot Water Sessions, and a Northwest mini-tour with Bay Station. Check the calendars for more!


"Wednesday night race/out on the bay....but we're playing on a Saturday" THIS SATURDAY, August 26


Peace, love and music in Oakland at The Open Matt. Join us!


Inside Lands: August 26 Postcard from the Crew



8/26 Inside Lands at The Open Matt Sailing Adventure continued...


Our Inside Lands House Concerts adventure continues! Follow along and then join us August 26 at The OPEN MATT. Tickets in advance via Ticketleap:


"Wishing Tree" a 2017 Global Peace Song Awards Finalist


"Wishing Tree" is a finalist in the 2017 Global Peace Song Awards. Help it win by liking this post on the 2017 Global Peace Song Awards Finalists page HERE:
Many thanks!



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 or reserve your seat in advance via Ticketleap:

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