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E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like – Deborah Crooks

Good Day Noir Family,
our “E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like” section is dedicated to Deborah Crooks. I discovered this amazing artist while driving in the desert and her music was the best company for my road trip.

Deborah’s music makes you travel, her warm and sensual voice transports you to the American prairies and makes you feel free.
Beautiful atmospheres and real, warm sounds.
Imagine wild horses running at sunset in Montana, these are the images that come to mind while listening to Deborah’s music.

I found some similarities with Sheryl Crow!

The Department of the West is Deborah Crooks’s new album out now.

This A follow-up to her 2016 EP Beauty Everywhere and her work with the Americana/Rock band Bay Station, which released Other Desert Cities in 2018, California songwriter Deborah Crooks continues to explores themes of natural history (“River Stones”), family (“All Signs”), and the #metoo movement (“Long Roads”), while also addressing the nature of land ownership and Native American history (“Department of the West” “What the Land Will Tell You”) and relationship (“Let the River do the Running”).

 


Music that makes you travel and dream of the beauty of American nature!

 

This A follow-up to her 2016 EP Beauty Everywhere and her work with the Americana/Rock band Bay Station, which released Other Desert Cities in 2018, California songwriter Deborah Crooks continues to explores themes of natural history (“River Stones”), family (“All Signs”), and the #metoo movement (“Long Roads”), while also addressing the nature of land ownership and Native American history (“Department of the West” “What the Land Will Tell You”) and relationship (“Let the River do the Running”).

Crooks co-produced The Department of the West with Danny Allen (Baby Buck Studio, High Diving Horses) and recorded at John Vanderslice’s
Tiny Telephone Studio in San Francisco. Allen also played guitars, ukulele and banjo on the album, and was joined by Mike Stevens (The Uptones, Sun Kil Moon) on drums and percussion, Kevin T. White (Chuck Prophet, Shelby Lynne) on bass. Longtime collaborator Kwame Copeland (Bay Station, Straw Coyotes) as well as Heather Davison (Loretta Lynch), Maurice Tani and Maryam Qudus also contributed backing vocals.

The recording was mixed and engineered by Qudus (Tune-Yards, Kronos Quartet) and mastered by Piper Payne (Infrasonic Sound).

After flirting with becoming a field biologist and embarking on a career as a journalist, Crooks began writing and performing her songs in the early 2000s. She’s collaborated with Copeland in the band Bay Station, releasing three records with the band, as well as cofounding Bay Station’s Love the Bay Music and Sailing video series. A native Californian, whose parents were both born and raised in San Francisco, personal and natural history have long informed her writing.

Says Crooks of her new collection: “I wanted to write a love letter to the places that have shaped me, while atoning, as much as one can do through art, for the inherited debts I feel to the land and its native inhabitants.”


Song Titles:
1. Lit by the Mystery (2:28)
2. Let the River do the Running (4:21)
3. Honey (3:30)
4. All Signs (3:57)
5. A Garden (3:48)
6. Department of the West (3:11)
7. My New Sweet (3:53)
8. Long Roads (4:27)
9. The Other Side (4:38)
10. River Stones (3:43)
11. What the Land Will Tell You (3:10)


 


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