February Music: Monkeys & Mud

Perhaps it was the added chicory in the coffee, or all those great artists we heard and connected with at Folk Alliance, but I came home from New Orleans doubly fired up for live music and general music-making. I'm happy…

First time at Folk Alliance!

In addition to co-hosting nearly 30 other artists/acts in Bay Station's Love the Bay Private Showcase Room #1008 at Folk Alliance this coming week, I'll be playing a couple of Bay Station(duo) sets and taking a few solo turns…

Making out in 2020

"Make out" is an interesting term, isn't it? As is "how'd you make out?" or  "could you make it out?" and "let's make out!" (which is actually pretty low on the definition list according to Merriam). I'm riffing on the…


Bay Area Recording Roundup by SF Classical Voice

Appreciate that Department of the West is included in this roundup of Bay Area Recordings!

"Welcome to SFCV’s 2019 year-end roundup of recordings released this year by local artists. Our list isn’t limited to classical music: We’ve embraced everything from


The Rocking Magpie reviews The Department of the West

 It’s doubly gratifying when a reviewer listens to your record...then listens again. Rocking Magpie on The Department of the West:

"There’s an effortless finesse to the way these songs are constructed; and I’m sure there will be minimal lighting when…

Thanks for the show!

Thanks friends and generally awesome people for coming to the show; my band and Gayle Lynn Schmitt for sharing the stage and Amado’s for providing a great space for such a sweet night of music! Some snaps and a video…


The Department of the West- 11 new songs available everywhere today!

The Department of the West  by Deborah Crooks available everywhere now! 

California songwriter Deborah Crooks announces the release of her
fourth full-length album The Department of the West (Dec. 6, 2019).  A follow-up to her 2016 EP Beauty Everywhere

Record Release Countdown: The band and venue

The Department of the West RECORD RELEASE SHOW
is this Thursday, December 5 at Amado's in San Francisco! Amado's is a sweet, downstairs venue in the heart of the Mission District and I've an excellent co-bill in Gayle Lynn &…

Track #11: "What the Land Will Tell You"

About Track #11 "What the Land Will Tell You"
This was another song written on a retreat at the intersection of the Salmon River Scenic Byway and Sawtooth Scenic Byway where it wasn't uncommon to walk outside and see a…