Venice Beach, Granny’s House, and Forgotten Gear…

As I sit here typing this, the sound of the opening band is echoing throughout Moe’s Alley.  Tonight we are playing in Santa Cruz.  We are excited to meet a few new friends and are itching to get on stage.

It’s 8:30, we go on in two hours, and still no sign of Greg and Rich!  Last week we played in San Francisco and, in our frenzy of a departure, Greg left behind his pedal board.  This is a bummer because San Fran is about 7 hours of a drive north of where we’re staying near L.A.  Fortunately for Greg, our gig tonight is about 90 miles south of the Bay Area.  So, as we pulled up to the venue earlier this evening, we unhitched the trailer and Greg and Rich high-tailed it up the 101 to recover the expensive piece of gear.  Hurry up, boys!

We arrived into the greater L.A. area two days ago with a VERY warm greeting from Chris’ grandparents.  We pulled the van and trailer up to a quiet neighborhood (if you can believe that exists in L.A. County) and before we could step out of the van Grandpa Wallace was there with a big hug and smiling from ear to ear.  We didn’t have two feet in the door and Grandma Adrielle was there with hugs to go all around.  The kitchen counter was stocked full of chicken wings, pot stickers, mixed nuts, chips and dip!  And I can’t forget about the stocked ice chest out back.  WOW!  We all felt like little kids again getting spoiled by our grandma and grandpa.  Thanks for the good food and even better company G&G!

Yesterday we spent the day at the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach.  We had a meeting scheduled with a friend of Deborah’s who works at Universal Records.  Nothing to be alarmed at, Cody, Chris, and Joe just had a meet and greet as well as a small tour of the building.  And as for the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach, I can’t really begin to describe the characters jostling up and down the boardwalk.  From the hippy playing an electric guitar on roller blades trying to sell us CD’s to the nearly-naked, very sculpted, very oiled-up man dancing on the beach in front of us!  WOW!..and it’s only been a week and a half!  Next stop L.A. for two days then off to Vegas.

Cody Beebe & The Crooks are performing tonight at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, tomorrow at El Cid in L.A., and Friday at Room 5 in L.A.

-Ty

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Sunset Sessions…

Today is the day we showcase in front of a few hundred AAA-Radio professionals, label representatives, and other professional musicians.  So, you know…there’s no pressure.

The band has spent the past two days bumping shoulders with such musical greats as: K.D. Lang, Iron & Wine, Sia, and many other monumental musicians.  Not to mention all of the industry professionals who are also attending to watch the music and network with each other.  Imagine seven small goldfish in a tank of barracudas and sharks.  This image is somewhat analogous to how The Crooks have been feeling these past few days.  At the same time, we are all prepared and confident to deliver our craft and have been making great connections!

Last night we had the opportunity to meet K.D. Lang as well as Sam Beam of Iron & Wine backstage in the musician’s green room.  It is such an honor to be in the presence of musicians who have been in the game for so long and who are able to claim such a reputable past; little known have the opportunity to play on the same stage!

I don’t know what else to tell you all.  I suppose I am beginning the mental preparation process for tonight and that is all I can think about.  So, root us on!  Thank you all for your thoughts and support.

Cody Beebe & The Crooks hit the stage of Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions tonight around 11pm.

-Ty

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T-Bones, Rybeye, and The Tenderloin District

Our show in Fresno, CA was a success!  Not only were able to meet a few new friends, including Lance Canales and his band The Flood, but we also gained a few new fans in the area.  After getting in to Yuki’s house in Hanford, just south of Fresno, at 5am, we took to slumber for about 4 hours.  Then, it was back to Fresno for a radio interview and a quick exploration of the city.  After a plain turkey sandwich dinner in a park, we were bound for Audie’s Olympic Club to play the show.

The band truly can’t thank those who help us along the way enough!  We really appreciate our dear friend Yuki for allowing us to crash all over her floor in her cozy Hanford apartment.  With Deborah by her side, She even prepared an egg burrito breakfast with fresh fruit smoothies for us all just before our departure to San Fran!  Thank you, thank you, thank you…..KEE!  Hooray for Yuki!

I have always envisioned San Francisco as a magical hippy land where the beer flows like wine and the hippy women flock like the salmon of Capistrano!  So, needless to say the expectations within the van were high as we crossed the Bay Bridge into the city.  Our newfound friend Janie Hendrix invited the band to take a sneak peak at the mixing and mastering of a new live album of Jimi himself.  We were able to meet a few people that worked on the Hendrix albums and hear their stories.  As we exited the van into the studio we immediately realized we were in a “sketchy” part of town; better known as the Tenderloin District.  I won’t go into too much detail, but I will say that within the hour of parked on Hyde Street our van was pissed on (more than once), Joe, Rich, and I almost fell victim to projectile vomit from a woman on the sidewalk, we witnessed an arrest, saw a gentleman walking his two dogs and allowed them to drop bombs all over the sidewalk, and were offered any type of drug we wanted…by several individuals.  Schweew!…and survived to tell about it.

After playing at The Utah downtown San Francisco and enjoying the company of a few good friends and loved ones(Carol, Nadine, Shawn and his friends) Rich drove us south until about 6am when it was time to pull over and rest.

The Crooks are currently residing with Chris’ Aunt and Uncle in the Carlsbad area and are attending the AAA-radio showcase The Sunset Sessions.  Tonight we get to bump shoulders with Iron and Wine, K.D. Lang, and Sia.

-Ty

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California Dreamin…

Cruisin’ down the street in my HAW ZEE!  It’s like this, and it’s like that…pulled into the pilot to pump some gas…When upon my amusement, what did I see!  Perfect push-ups, shake weights, and dumbbells oooohhheee!

Our journey commenced this morning with an early rise and a full pot of coffee.  We had The Hozz loaded up the night before to ensure a timely departure.  Chris arrived around 9 o’ clock and we were off!  Next stop, Deborah’s house to pick up our beloved manager.  The boys of the West Seattle chapter were down in Castle Rock, which is south of Olympia off the I-5.  After our pit stop of gathering Aaron and Greg, and ordering from the value menu, we were back on the road.  Before we knew it, we were in Oregon.

As I sit here typing this, the windshield wipers are moving to the beat and we are traveling through the great state of Oregon.  Joe is in the driver’s seat, Deborah’s riding shotgun, myself and a tired, head-bobbing Cody are inhabiting seat #2, Greg and Chris are holding down seat #3, and Eric, Aaron, and Rich are keeping the back seat comfy.  Next stop: probably a rest area in Northern California somewhere.  

Today…and some of early tomorrow we are on the road, traveling from Seattle, WA to Fresno, CA. We have 16 hours worth of road to cover, four cases of Golazo energy drink to …drink, and nine souls determined to entertain each other.  This tour is going to be a challenge, a test, a lot of logged van hours, a blast, and a monumental stride for the band all in one.  We feel so blessed to be following our dream and we know we couldn’t be doing this without all of your support!  You know who you are, and we thank you!

Cody Beebe & The Crooks will be performing at Audie’s Olympic Tavern in Fresno, CA on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 9pm!  We are very excited to share our time with our dear friend Yuki; who also happens to be selflessly offering her home up to us.

-Ty

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CODY!

FIRST THING’S FIRST!   HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CODY!  WE HOPE TO SEE ALL OF OUR FRIENDS AT THE HARD ROCK CAFÉ IN SEATTLE TONIGHT FOR CODY’S BIRTHDAY/TWO-YEAR BAND ANNIVERSARY SHOW!

Well, we did it.  The band just got their first sponsorship.  And with a light carbonation and refreshing mango-lime flavor, I’m sure it will fit right in with The Crooks!  No, I’m not talking about Sprite or 7-UP…I’m talking about Golazo!

When The Crooks first began talking about embarking on a Southwest tour, it was merely a big dream with romanticized outcomes.  Now, after a couple months of hard work, dedication, and sore eyes from staring at computer screens day in and day out, the band is touring through eight states, playing at major festivals including a AAA-Radio Showcase in L.A., Mardi Gras Galveston and SXSW in Texas, and now is being sponsored by the energy drink, Golazo.

As described before, Golazo is a lightly carbonated, mango-lime flavored energy drink.  Originally made for Seattle Sounders fans at Qwest Field, Golazo is Spanish for “super goal.”  Well, the folks at Golazo have enough confidence in The Crooks to score big during our Southwest tour and decided to send us off from Seattle with the trailer stocked full of Golazo!

 

 

 

 

 

Cody Beebe & The Crooks are performing tonight(2/12/11) at The Hard Rock Café in Seattle.  The show starts at 9:30pm with opener, Tommy Simmons and will end with local great, Massy Ferguson.  The Hard Rock Café is located at…

116 Pike Street , Seattle, WA 98101

-Ty

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Nine to Chain Music Video Shoot…

Camera Speed…Beep…Beep…Beep…Boop…Action!  These are sounds that echoed throughout the American Legion building in West Seattle over and over again during our music video shoot for our song, Nine to Chain.  From the incredible actors on set to the artificial sunlight beaming in the windows, I can speak for all of The Crooks when I say it was an experience we will never forget.

Recording our music helps us to immortalize our sound.  Shooting a music video, however, breathes a certain amount of life into our music.  It provides alternative perspectives on a song.  It showcases real human emotions.  It provides an opportunity for our music to be featured through other forms of media.  The band couldn’t be more excited to be able to have a music video of our own!  We especially can’t wait to share it with all of you!

The Crooks would like to thank: Ben Rapson, the director on set and a new great friend, Bret, Stefan, and everyone on the Fueled Creative team, all of the incredibly talented actors on set, and last, but certainly not least, our extras who were able to share this special event with us.  You know who you are and we thank you all!

The Nine to Chain music video is set to release in April.  Stay tuned for more details of our video release party in the coming months.

Also, don’t forget to check out our nation-wide Nine to Chain campaign and feel free to share your stories anonymously.

Cody Beebe & The Crooks will be performing at The Hard Rock Café in Seattle on Saturday, February 12th, 2011.  This will be a monumental show for us being that it is not only Cody’s birthday, but also the band’s two year anniversary!  See you there!

-Ty

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