About Track 6: "Department of the West"

Track 6: The Department of the West

Track 6 finds me circling back on the story of a family dispute over a piece of land, how family and American, history played into this generation’s dealings, my understanding reframed, having reconsidered the mythology around several ancestors, including purported, multiple-great grandfather George Washington Crook, whose tintype portrait and Civil War rifle hung in our living room when I was growing up. One of the many war (and Civil War) veterans in my family tree, he may or may not have been the same Gen. George W Crook whose claim to fame was having fought with Custer in the Civil Way and whose career in the military was mostly about Indian Wars....
"Here we stand but this land was never ours /No matter who spoke truth or who lied/Settled scores, this land was never ours/In a war there are always two sides"

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"Department of the West" by Deborah Crooks 

Recorded and mixed by Maryam Qudus at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco

Mastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound

Acoustic guitar, vocals: Deborah Crooks

Electric guitars, backing vocals: Danny Allen

Bass: Kevin T. White

Drums: Mike Stevens


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