Yesterday I ran a few errands around town with my beloved, only to return home and find a few of the guys poking around behind our trailer. As I pulled in the drive I saw Joe, Eric, and Chris grinning like a few wrongdoing children. “What the $%^@ are they doing?” I thought as I motioned for Chris to move his Honda “race car” so I could pull in all the way. I hurried over to see what all the excitement was about only to find a big black box. It was then that I realized we have been in the market for a drum case and the boys had driven across town that morning to pick up a used one.
On items such as this I don’t like to refer to them as “used” per se, but rather “seasoned with character.” Buying equipment “seasoned with character” is a tradition in the music industry that bands have been utilizing since before Elvis was shaking his goods. And now we can shake our goods all across the nation without having to worry about a ripped drum head because Cody took the speed bump too aggressively!
Congrats Chris “Puffalo” Green on your new drum case; a well seasoned addition to the trailer!
A Day in the Life of a Crook: Eric Miller has been our loyal bass player for almost two years now and I haven’t noticed much of anything that he can’t do (pun intended); and whatever project or job he envelops himself in, he gives 110% and always finishes. If Miller were a professional wrestler or any other profession that would require an alias, his name would be “The Finisher!” Hell, Cody refers to The Finisher all the time and I instantly know who he’s talking about.
One of Miller’s most prized atributes is his sandwich-making capabilities. They are incredible. The guy makes a damn good sandwich, and I personally guarantee your satisfaction if you are ever lucky enough to indulge in one of these tasty beauties. Whenever we are about to break for lunch around here, Miller will often ask if anyone wants a “Samich?” Of course he is referring to a sandwich, but he’s The Finisher so nobody dares question his clever use of sandwich slang. Hell, I’m thinking of opening a sandwich shop with only one kind of samich called, “The Finisher.” I’ll have Miller be my head chef and I’ll more than likely be able to retire within a few years with millions. Eric Miller: photographer, carpenter, sandwich enthusiast, bassist, guitarist, computerist, sound tech, web master, and all around good guy! Ladies and gentlemen, acquaint yourself with Mr. Eric Miller at our next show.
Wow, what a night! We loaded into London Bridge Studio at 3pm on Sunday to showcase at the Annivers-a-Birthday-Music Showcase-Mustache Party! It was a knockout. There were three other bands showcasing, all with stellar talent! It was not only a great party, but an excellent networking opportunity for people in the music industry. From producers to managers to Scott Mercado, there were plenty of shoulders to bump into while at the party. We were also honored to provide the kegs of beer to ensure the party attendees wouldn’t go thirsty! It was an amazing night!
After the band showcases were over, the boys of LBS opened the stage up for anyone to jam; considering most of the party could play an instrument. In my opinion, this is where the fun really began. Myself, Greg, and Eric had the opportunity to jam out with Scott Mercado, the drummer for Candlebox. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Rich as well considering he was able to talk to one of his heroes. Among other Seattle-based Grunge Rock bands, Candlebox has always been in Rich’s music library. It was such a thrill to see the excitement in Rich just to be able to talk to Scott. It was a night to remember! And for us, as a band, it really put our chosen careers into perspective. We’ve come a long way as a band and are honored to be in this position. Thank you to everyone who has made it possible for us to be here.
Today, Joe and I took off to run a few errands around Seattle…well, actually we drank a couple of them. Our first stop was Georgetown Brewing Company. If you know anything about us Crooks, it’s that we’re a bunch of “hop heads!” No, this absolutely does not mean we have a drinking problem. It simply means we enjoy the finer things in life. Just like a Valley Girl enjoys a fine fake spray tan with natural hues of Orange, we Crooks enjoy a fine pint of hopped-up barley soda. Why did we have to stop at Georgetown Brewing Company you ask? Well, the band has been asked to showcase at an industry party hosted by London Bridge Studio; where we recorded Friends of The Old Mill. And because a few of us Crooks have made good friends with GBC, we are also providing the beer. And not just beer, good beer…no, great beer! So, Joe and I loaded up two fresh kegs of Mannys and one Porter and were on our way. Of course we sampled a few tasters before running off. We also met a few new friends while there… Howdy Dwayne, Wayne, and Terri!
Not only is it an industry party/musical showcase, but it’s also a good old fashioned mustache-themed hootenanny! One that will surely make Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck proud! Greg has even promised to glue pistachio shells to his upper lip and call it a “Mustachio”…or “Pistache;” whichever you prefer. So, to humor our loyal readers I have included a couple sneak previews of our freshly fashioned flavor savers…enjoy…
This just in…Cody Beebe and The Crooks will be opening for Andy Griggs at The Seasons in Yakima, Washington! If you haven’t heard of Andy Griggs you probably have never turned your dial to a country station; considering he has been all over the country music charts for the past few years. He is signed to RCA and has been touring nationally. We are very honored to be a part of his tour stop in Yakima! Cody Beebe and The Crooks will open acoustically for Andy Griggs at The Seasons in Yakima, Washington on Saturday, November 13th.
Well, it seems the flu and cold season has hit ‘The Crook Lair’ early this year! I’m not sure if it was the ‘Big Sandy Water’ or the fact that Aaron was battling a cold during our stay in Montana. I (Ty) however have seemed to dodge this ill-fated crooked fever (smiles smugly…and then quickly knocks on wood!) Yes, Cody has been wallowing around the house in a slower-than-usual manner and Joe just looks plain tired as F! Rich has a strange cough and seems a little more apathetic than usual…I’m stayin’ a way from that guy. Hell, even the pit bull, Bella, is sick. How do I do it, you ask? Simple, a blend of vitamins and herbal supplements including: echinacea, Flinstones for kids, and B12 as well as eating a well-balanced diet. Since we are on the road a lot, and tend to eat whatever is cheapest, I do my best to bring a bag of fruits and veggies to snack on in between cities. An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, but it has this Crook healthier than most!
See you all at The Seasons!
After an epic weekend on the road, The Crooks are back in ‘The Crook Lair’ pounding away at booking for the coming months. Driving home through the great State of Montana we all were in a daze from what had just happened. Whether it was the “Big Sandy Water” or the Montana-style breakfast, we were haggard and starving for sleep. However, we made it home in one piece and not a minute too soon. Sleep and rejuvenation were on all of our to-do-lists.
After playing to a VERY appreciative crowd in Big Sandy and living off of an accumulative ten hours of sleep in two days we pressed on West-bound to Missoula to play at The Top Hat; all the while discussing how and where we were going to sleep that night. We were attempting to leave it all up to Rich to hook up with a girl so she could invite the whole band back to her house…that would work right??? Before the show we decided to receive some sustenance from The Pita Pit across the street from the venue and all sat down to eat our Philly Cheesesteaks and Chicken Wraps. We were the only group in the fine establishment except for two young ladies sitting quietly together in the corner. As I was eating my pita I noticed Joe get up to talk to one of the ladies. As it turned out she was Joe’s old college roomates’ sister. She also happened to be the only person Joe semi-knew in Missoula, Montana. It’s true what they say, “the world gets smaller when you travel.” So, needless to say we had found our place to stay that night. We also were able to recruit two more audience members to the show; considering it was a ‘hopping Sunday night!’
Thank you to all of our new and old friends who came out and gave us support this weekend in Big Sandy and Missoula, Montana! We all are grateful! With special thanks to Josh and the gang at Peps Bar and Lanes, Mathew Meyers for letting us crash and feeding us some down home Montana-style breakfast, and Carly Anderson and roommates for letting us crash in Missoula!
…oh yeah, and we shot a lot of guns cuz’ that’s what you do in Montana!