Having a big heart can go a long way. And it seems to me that during the holiday season, those in possession of a big heart tend to come out of the woodwork to give to those who are less fortunate in life.
On Monday, December 20th, The Crooks did their part in giving back to society and played for an excited and appreciative crowd at Nickelsville; a Seattle homeless camp. Nickelsville is located in Lake City at an old fire station with a large gated yard in the back for tent locations. Load-in was at 4:30, and we were warmly greeted by the local residents; including a few of the directors. We were given a tour of the place and a brief history of how Nickelsville came to be.
At 6 o’ clock the silence was broken in the old fire station garage as the residents gathered around the room in anticipation. We played a very warm and intimate set for everyone and even had the chance to jam out with a local guy who could play slide guitar like nobody’s business! It was truly a humbling experience for all of us in the band.
To learn more about our campaign to bring awareness to the masses of enduring times as well as share your stories, please visit…
To learn more about Nickelsville or to donate to their cause, please visit…
Nickelsville is located at the old fire station at 2806 N.E. 127th St.
Take the bus #41 to Lake City and get out at
2806 N.E. 127th St.
Or take the #72 Lake City Express ang get out at
Lake City Way Ne & Ne 125th St
In the holiday spirit, we are launching our Nine to Chain Campaign on December 20th, 2010. We want our music to be a voice for people that aren’t able to get on a stage and tell their stories. Especially in these difficult times, it is our hope that we can come together to help each other and think of those that may be neglected by our society.
So, to kick off the campaign (and as a call to action), we will be performing for the homeless community of Seattle at Nickelsville (http://www.nickelsvilleseattle.org/). And- soon to come- we will join the local visual artists at Fueled Creative to film a video for our song Nine to Chain that will feature true stories of hardships caused by the recession and the times in general. Please, click on the following link to learn more, share your story, and download Nine to Chain for free. Happy holidays!
Cody Beebe & The Crooks will be performing on Thursday, December 23rd at Nectar Lounge in Fremont! Advanced tickets are $8. Show starts at 9pm!
I recently read a book that claims talent has a lot more to do with geographical location than the actual talented individuals themselves. It’s not a coincidence that a lot of professional soccer players come out of Brazil. Yes, soccer is a big part of their culture and in some areas of the world, “tradition is law,” but the talent in the sport that continues to bloom out of Brazil is uncanny. One thing is for sure; the idea that geography governs talent is, with no doubt in my mind, factual.
So, what is it about Seattle that causes musicians to continue to seep out of the woodwork? Since the funk and jazz scene of the 60’s and 70’s to the famous grunge scene of the 90’s, Seattle musicians continue to fill the air with new and innovative music. Is it the dreariness of the rainy season that sparks enough emotion in us to write down heartfelt lyrics and perfectly placed chord progressions? Or does the Space Needle somehow channel musical talent-energy from alien satellites which in turn absorbs into the ground and then into the humans that walk the city only to come out through emotional vocals and insane guitar shreds? Whatever it may be, we feel sincerely blessed to call Seattle our home and to be a part of such an incredible music scene.
Last week Joe, Cody, Eric, Rich, and I headed north to the Destiny Worldwide Studios where Tommy Simmons has been recording his new album. A few days before we arrived Greg had added some tasty solos to the mix. During our visit Cody helped with harmonies and laid down a few vocal tracks, while Joe added some organic beats on the djembe. Eric also laid down some guitar tracks. We stayed at the studio until about 11pm when we realized that getting rested is just as important as laying down the tracks. Ryan, Tommy’s producer, ran the board smoothly all night and even helped us set up in the recording room for a live take of one of Tommy’s beloved songs…I can’t say which one quite yet. In fact, I don’t even know if it will be included in the new album, but it’s a beauty! Be on the lookout for Tommy’s new album soon!
Cody Beebe & The Crooks will be performing in Yakima at The Sports Center this Saturday, December 18th at 9pm w/ special guest Daniel Kamas!
Although playing sold out shows in the Seattle area feels good and gives a band the confidence that it needs to persevere, this doesn’t yet transfer from city to city. If we traveled 100 miles south, most of the people in the venue wouldn’t know who the hell we were; Cody baby and the robbers? What’s their name?
What are we going to do next? We want radio play, but none of the major hit stations want to play a local independent artist and all of the local indie stations think we are too mainstream to be aired …I guess this is a good and a bad situation to be in. But what are we supposed to do?
Besides putting a few thousand more miles on the van and pushing our music through various media including a new music video, set to be released this spring, we are now in the position of trying to figure out where and what we are going to do next with this music venture. The answer: keep pushing forward, continue to play venues that have never heard of our name (in hopes that they will remember next time we are in town), never forget to smile, breathe, and know that nothing worth achieving in life is easily obtainable.
We didn’t choose this career path because it’s easy, we are playing music because we are artists who have passion at an attempt to heal, create joy, and inspire other humans emotionally. We are the glue between dreams and everyday life.
On another note…Rich is growing his beard back! Also, Happy Birthday to our dear friends and December babies, Ty Davis, Doug Sterns, and KC McFerson!
Yakima/Selah…here we come! A view of an autumn Selah sunrise!