Tis The Season to Give Back…

Some people call it “home of the stampede!”  Some may call it “Omakistan.”  To the Crooks, well…it was just Omak.  There’s really not much more to say about the quaint little town besides maybe, “stay off the road on an icy Friday night.”  Or, perhaps, “don’t expect to find replacement parts for your amp if it goes out on you.”  Regardless, Cody Beebe and The Crooks can officially check Omak off their list of “places to play in Washington.”

Being in a young band, we try to book as many shows as possible to be heard by as many ears as possible.  This means that we look outside the box of traditional venues.  We also know the importance of giving back to the community; especially during the holidays.  On Friday, November 19th, The Crooks had the pleasure of giving back to the community of Omak.  We were invited to play The fifth annual community benefit concert, Jammin’ Against Hunger.  Learn more here.

We were honored to be a part of the community benefit concert and took notes on all the dance moves displayed by the audience!

It was also the Hozzington’s debut run with the full band across a couple of snowy passes.  She delivered the band valiantly to the metropolis of Omak and proved worthy of adventures to come this winter!

Cody Beebe and The Crooks will be opening for Vicci Martinez tonight at the High Dive.  Show starts at 9pm!

-Ty

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Crooked Hippy Slop..

Joe raking some leaves at the Sterns/Fortner residence in Selah,WA

Being in a local band that, like other aspiring artists, is striving to make a name for ourselves, we have a few struggles of our own.  Although some may call us hippy music lovers and some call us starving artists; none of us truly know what it is like to starve and, God forbid, never will.  With all of the sacrifices that come along with being in a band, eating well is something we do our best to hold on to.

Living in a house of seven, there is a constant flow of leftovers in plastic containers.  And although sometimes a few of those containers get pushed to a dark corner of the fridge to be forgotten about and grow an unintentional garden of fungi, we do our best not to let any food go to waste.

We get pretty creative with our Hippy Slop Creations!  Just the other day I combined lentils, quinoa, and butternut squash into a mash of nutritional greatness!  To eat well on a budget you have to get creative and know what nutrients you are receiving from the food you eat.  One thing is for sure, we are giving our bodies the right nutrients they need to help us perform all of those live shows.

Take a look at this creation we made a few weeks ago!  Crooked Argentinian Pumpkin Stew!  Mmmm Mmmm!

-Ty

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The Art of Cross Pollination…

Whether you’re a business-owner, a teacher, or a band, in today’s day and age it is necessary to be connected through several communication mediums.  With good communication comes good response, which is a primary goal of ours as a band.

As an artist, I tend to look at situations slightly differently than others.  And if any of you know me personally, you might know of my fascination with Apis Mellifera, or, in Layman’s terms, the common Western Honey Bee.  Just the other day I was thinking about how much we do as a band in attempts to get ourselves noticed; or to make ourselves sound sweeter to the ear.  Just like a busy Honey Bee scouring a field of wild flowers for pollen, we too have been working diligently to collect as many ears as possible to listen to our music via our blog, facebook, myspace, iTunes, etc.  Not to mention all of the live shows we perform at venues across the Northwest.

Well, the Crooks are now looking beyond the Internet for recognition.  After valiant efforts of brainstorming amongst the group on how and where to market our band next, we landed upon a few blooming ideas.  The first flower to pollinate: Hops!  Being that a few of us are from “Hop Heaven,” Yakima Valley, we decided to go back to our roots and attempt to combine a couple of our passions, Northwest Micro Brew and Music!  I can’t say much more than that, as I am not authorized to say much more about our new pot of honey in the works.  I can say, however, to be on the lookout for an additional product within our Crooked lineup!!!  Hint: You might act like a Bee and catch a buzz!

Thanks again to all who came out and supported Cody Beebe and The Crooks at The Seasons in Yakima!  Here is a snapshot of our day up in the hills while on the east side of the state!

-Ty

 

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Hometown Hospitality

That’s right folks!  You heard it correctly!..  Cody Beebe and The Crooks will be opening for Country Star, Andy Griggs at The Seasons Performance Hall tonight as an acoustic quartet!  Show starts at 7pm!  We are very excited to be playing in the hometown of Cody Beebe, Ty Paxton, and Joe Catron; all of whom will be included in the quartet. 

We have spent the past few days here in the Yakima Valley with friends and family.  On Thursday we had the pleasure of showcasing on 92.9 The Bull, 94.5 KATS, and 107.3 KFFM!  As far as we knew, we were only being interviewed by The Bull when all of a sudden a gentleman by the name of Matt popped his head in the studio and said, “ok, we need them down in KATS!”  “KATS?  The main rock station in Yakima?  With Yakima Legend, Todd E. Lyons Esquire?”  I thought to myself.  I’ve been listening to this guy since I was in first grade and now I’m walking down a hall in a radio station studio to perform live with my band!  It was great to finally put a face to the name and popular Yakima radio personality.  Needless to say, it was great.  We were interviewed and asked to play a song or two on each station.  We did the full tour of Yakima’s most popular radio channels within about an hour.  It was quite the honor; especially with the hospitality we were greeted with.  In addition, we stopped by 88.5 on Thursday morning for a quick radio interview and in-studio performance.  Thank you to all the great DJ’s who hosted these shows and invited us in to their work spaces.  Also, if you live in the Yakima Valley, you can pick up a hard copy of our album, “Friends of The Old Mill,” at Off The Record located at 901 Summitview Ave.   

This just in!!!  Crooked TV: Episode 2 is up and ready for your viewing pleasures!  Enjoy! 

-Ty Paxton

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Tuesdays Not Gone…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, it’s Tuesday again.  This day may not mean much to a lot of you, but it sure as heck is a great day for us Crooks!  Tuesday just so happens to be a rehearsal day for us and I can speak for the band as a whole when I say, “TGIT!”

To us, rehearsal is not just a time of reflection on current songs, it’s also a time for free jamming and new ideas.  In fact, on Saturday we had an all-day rehearsal and came up with some pretty sweet new material.   Ah yes, rehearsal time! …A time of joy, a time of much hug giving, a time of laughter, and a time of letting go.

A few blogs back I discussed Chris’ new drum case and what a great addition to our gear it was!  Well, as if Chris’ drums weren’t already magnificent, Cody had the idea of spicing them up even more!  For reasons that will go untold at this juncture, Chris Greens’ nickname happens to be “Puffalo.”  Why, you ask?  Well, as far as you’re concerned maybe the guy just likes buffalos and is unable to pronounce his b’s.  Regardless, around here, he’s known as Puffalo.  So what did Cody do?  He painted a badass portrait of a buffalo in a winter scene, of course.  Feast your eyes on this beauty!…

If our music can’t lure you into our next show (hopefully it does?…) then this original piece of drum head art will!  Cody Beebe… not just a singer/songwriter, but a painter as well.  Perhaps the next Bob Ross?  He’s already got the red hair thing going for him!  What do you think?

 

 

We hope to see you at The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima on Saturday, November 13th at 7pm!

-Ty

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Boys will be boys…

To be a mature contributing adult in society, one must take on big responsibilities and learn to cope with the stresses that come along with them.  More than anything, you have to quit acting like a child and start acting like a “grown up” in any situation that presents itself. Well, one thing is for sure, everyone in the band likes holding on to their childish nature…only when the moment presents itself, of course.

If you know any of us in the band, then you know we are all educated respectable humans who take being in this band very seriously and professionally.  However, we do tend to de-stress from time to time and always remember to feed our spirit.  Whether it be a quick toss of Frisbee in the street, going to the park for a Seattle sunset, or refining jump kicks, we do our best to let go of our adult worries and cares by just being boys again.

At least three to four days a week we head down to our local Carkeek Park for some Frisbee gaming and beach combing.  Cody, Joe, Rich, Eric, and myself went down on Tuesday to do the usual post-work recreational activities.  We were able to get out our jollies with a perfect sunset as our backdrop.

Don’t ever forget about your inner-child.

-Ty

 

 

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