A Look Back…

Well, we did it.  The Crooks arrived safely in Seattle very early this morning and are enjoying some much-needed TLC from our beds, loved ones, and ourselves.  Being on the road for almost three weeks, and in such tight quarters with six other dudes, can weigh on an individual.  Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to be making music and memories with; however, it’s nice to have some ‘me’ time.  Time to reflect on our adventures.  Time to meditate, breathe deeply, and ponder on the growth of our band and the dynamics of our relationships with one another.   This was our first semi-extensive tour as a full band.  Coming away from it with good attitudes, great memories, and a more defined sense of love and respect for one another helps us to look forward to our up-coming seven week tour.

Five radio interviews, 11 concerts (including one in-store appearance at Music Millennium records), 2,347 miles, hundreds of fans, family and friends, 43 ham rolls, one unforgettable sunset in southern Oregon, and seven brothers equals one monumental two-and-a-half-week tour.

Thank you to: Chuck and Toni for all the great food and allowing us to invade your house for a night in Olympia, Terry and Music Millennium in Portland, OR, Rian Lewis our good friend in Portland for allowing most of The Crooks to invade for a night, all of our friends (new and old) at this years Western Fairs Association Convention in Reno, NV, Tammy and Kevin for our favorite place to crash and your continued love and support of our dream, Kari and Jeff for the road snacks, Brandon and Kelly for allowing us to invade your beautiful home, Cody and everyone at Tri-Tech, Bob and the Coug, Dave and everyone at John’s Alley, Moscow/Pullman Daily News, The Daily Evergreen, DJ’s Jazzy Jess and Sleazy T at KZUU 90.7FM, 92.5FM Radio Free Moscow, 88.1FM KCWU, 94.9FM the Wolf in Kennewick, 88.1FM The Edge in Kennewick, Steph, Blaze, Casey and everyone at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Dicky for allowing us to play tetris with our sleeping bags in your living room and the delicious breakfast sandwiches, and everyone else who helped to make this tour possible.  We can’t thank you all enough for your continued support of our craft!

-Ty

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A Happy Van is A Happy Band!

The band has been taking a two-day hiatus in Selah, WA to get caught up with business and much needed rest.  Our beloved Hozzington has seen six states and countless miles as the band has continued to build a fan base throughout the Northwest.  So far on our two-week tour, we have met many of friends along the way, new and old, who have greeted us warmly with the kind of hospitality most would have to pay an arm and a leg for.  From Chuck and Toni’s in Olympia to Brandon and Kelly’s in Kennewick, the band couldn’t be more grateful to have such outstanding friends to help us achieve our dreams! 

However, let us take a moment to recognize a member of our band who has been there with us through thick and thin, rain and snow, and mile after mile.  Ahh, yes!  I am talking of course about The Hozzington!  Our van couldn’t have been more reliable to us as we have greeted each state and every mile on this tour.  A happy van is a happy band!  Why do you think we are always getting out of the van with smiles on our faces?  Some may think it has to do with certain herbal supplements, while others relate it to Chris “Puffalo” Green being the band clown.  Well, on the contrary it has a lot to do with being blessed to ride in such a radical van.  And as a band, we know that we are only as strong as our weakest link.  We also know that we spend triple and possibly quadruple the amount of time in The Hozzington as we do on stage.  So, needless to say we take care of our van! 

Thanks Hozzington for being you!  We look forward to more quality time this spring during our Crooked Southwest Spring Tour!

Cody Beebe & The Crooks will be performing tonight at the Coug in Pullman, WA @ 9pm!  And again at John’s Alley in Moscow, ID on Wednesday night @ 9pm!  Both shows are FREE to get in!  See you there! 

-Ty

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Change of Place…

Well, here we are back on the road again.  As I sit in the van typing this out the Grand Sierra Resort and Reno are getting further and further away.  Next stop…Selah, WA for a night of rest before we head to the East side of the state to play a few shows for some friends and fans out there; including: Jackson’s in Kennewick, the Coug in Pullman, and John’s Alley in Moscow, ID.

I learned a few things here in Reno.  Number one; don’t ever stick your finger in the cage of a two month-old squirrel monkey.  Number two; never underestimate the size of the party bone in your average fair industry worker.  I’m not going to go into much detail, but lets just say that when your bongo drum turns into a beer bong during a hotel room party, you know you’re amongst professionals.  Regardless, the Western Fairs Association was once again a great opportunity for us to do some networking and hopefully helped us secure a few fair gigs for the summer.  If anything, we made some new friends, invented what we call the “beer bongo” and were able to add a few more memories in the vault.

Good News: Aaron and Greg were recently approved for a new apartment in West Seattle and will be moving in together in the coming weeks!  Finally, we got Greg down from Bellingham!  I mean, I’ve got nothing against Bellingham, beside the fact that it has been keeping a one hour drive between us and our beloved guitar player.

CBC will be performing next in Kennewick, WA at Jackson’s Sports Bar on Saturday, January 22nd!  Show starts at 9pm!

-Ty

A few still frames for your viewing pleasure… 

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Stuffy Noses, Smokey Casinos, and a Squirrel Monkey…

Slightly hung over and feeling ambitious, I awoke this morning with a desire to go on a jog around Reno.  I threw on my shorts, took the elevator downstairs to inquire about nearby jogging paths and was on my way.  With the cold air in my lungs and pristine, white mountain peaks in the distance, it was a beautiful morning!  After a shower and a few ounces of water I was downstairs with Chris and Aaron surfing the net and drinking coffee.  Meanwhile, back in the room, Cody, Eric, Joe, and Greg caught a few extra Z’s before the start of day two at the convention.

Our day at the booth proved worthy once again.  We met a few new people, who are possibly interested in hiring us for a fair gig, as well as greeting a few new friends we had met at the hotel suite after parties from the night before.  Other than petting a baby kangaroo and shaking hands with a 2 month-old squirrel monkey, it was a fairly average day for a fair convention.

So far, Reno has been a blast and very rewarding.  Set aside a few setbacks, including the fact that in Nevada you can still smoke in-doors as well as a head cold, which I generously shared with Cody, this trip has been wonderful.

-Ty

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Reno?……ReYES!

As I sit here typing this blog, Eric, Aaron, Joe, and Cody are down in the convention room setting up our booth.  We are here for the Western Fairs Association; a convention of talent buyers and…well, talent.  This is our second annual trip to Reno for the WFA and it certainly proved viable for us last year.  As a band on the road, playing the fair circuit is a great way to sustain our passion as well as meet some pretty interesting people along the way.

On the drive from Eugene, OR to Reno, NV yesterday we saw some of the most beautiful countryside our nation has to offer.  From the quaint town of Grants Pass, OR to the famous Weed, CA, we were privileged to meet new memories, add some new photographs to our repertoire, and add a few more miles to the van.  Just before we crossed the Nevada border we pulled over for a cold beverage and a few snapshots of the pristine environment we were immersed in.  Take a look at this shot Eric took with a slow shutter speed: 

In addition to the laughs and sights we shared, we have also begun a Shake Weight/Perfect Push Up regimen.  Our goal is to look like the yoked gentlemen on the infomercials by the time we’re back to Seattle. . . I think it’s a pretty realistic goal.

The Crooks would like to extend a VERY special thank you to a few great friends and family that have helped us along the way.  Thank you Toni, Chuck, and Maisy for the amazing hospitality in Olympia.  Thank you to Rian Lewis and his understanding roommates for their hospitality in Portland.  Thank you Uncle Peter, Aunt Natalie, Tucker, and Evan for allowing us to crash once again.  And thank you for an awesome surprise from a great friend, Leslie, who baked us some of the greatest homemade cookies we have ever had in the van!  We are truly grateful to have all of these special people in our lives who make what we do possible.

-Ty

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Lola, the world’s biggest 80′s dance party, and a rash…

After leaving Chuck and Toni’s yesterday morning, we made our way down to the Rose City!  Ahh, Portland…how I do adore you!  We pulled into town with about an hour to spare before we had to be at Music Millenium for our first in-store showcase.  We ran through the McDonalds dollar menu, each of us ordering two menu items; a trend, which is unfortunately going to be more and more frequent on the road.  Eating on a good budget plan certainly is not coupled with a good nutrition plan.   We played the showcase at the record store on the second floor balcony.  We had some friends show up and were also able to entertain a few local shoppers.  After playing an hour set we high tailed it outta there to sound check at Lola’s Room.

Lola’s Room is on the second floor of The Crystal Ballroom in Portland; a popular music and dance venue downtown.  During our sound checks a curious and most intruding bass boom was literally shaking the ceiling above us.  “What the hell is that?” Cody asked Jay, our sound tech for the evening.  “Oh, that’s 80’s video dance attack…and yes, it will be booming all night.”  The 80’s dance party is huge!  It is an old dance hall the size of a football field!  And it was packed with party-goers in leg warmers, Members Only jackets, and short shorts.

We did our best to ignore the intrusive annoyance from above and proceeded to compete with the noise.  We played a high energy set to a room full of intent listeners and a few great friends.  Including my friend Yuki who flew all the way up from California!  Thanks Yuki and all who came out in support of The Crooks!

I really can’t do much complaining at all so far, except for the fact that I have developed a rather uncomfortable and exceedingly itchy rash…maybe from sitting in the van too long?  This is a bummer, but I don’t intend it to slow me down!  Besides, it’s nothing a little Gold Bond can’t relieve!  Reno, NV here we come!

Seattle invades Cottage Grove, OR at The Axe and Fiddle TONIGHT located @ 641 East Main Street
Cottage Grove, OR 97424… Show starts at 9PM with opener Ivan and Alyosha who is also Seattle-based!

-Ty

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