“"...what Americana music is all about for me; imaginative, cinematic, informative and last but not least ... entertaining." ”
Deborah Crooks has released several collections of critically noted original music, including the 2013 release Little Bird (produced by Art Khu and described as "a masterful piece of work"), 2016's 7-song CD Beauty Everywhere, and her latest, the 11-song collection The Department of the West (2019). Born and raised in California, Deborah grew up surrounded by nature, but close enough to San Francisco to be influenced by the city’s history of social, musical and political upheaval. Place-based and rooted in practice, her work has evolved over her years studying natural history at UC Santa Cruz, writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO; voice and yoga in Mysore, India, and co-writing and collaborating with her Bay Area peers. She's currently working on an avian-themed musical ‘Flight Lessons.’
Along with her solo musical work, she co-founded the band Bay Station and its "Love the Bay" Music & Sailing video series with Kwame Copeland; created a pandemic-project neighborhood 'zine The Bay Station Eagle, and pens essays, reviews and occasional fiction for a variety of publications as well as her Bird in the Tree Substack newsletter.