SXSW part I

Wow!  What a trip!  SXSW is truly a music lovers paradise.  Well, Austin alone is a music lovers paradise, but inject the city with thousands of bands, even more fans, and as much free Monster energy drinks a boy can handle and BAM!  You’ve got it made!

The day we drove into Austin and parked the van to check out the city for the first time as a band, was like falling in love with a first crush.  With the 85 degree weather, the sweet smell of blooming Russian Olive trees, and the faint sound of live music in the distance, we were hooked.  Austin happens to be the birthplace of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Willie Nelson, and many others so you know there is harnessed musical energy flowing about the city.

We had the pleasure of meeting so many great people and making lasting connections.  The band played at Treasure Island on Wednesday night and had a great response!  The place was packed and the people were grooving to our sound.  We had Thursday off to walk around and hang out with other Seattle musicians including Lotus Crush and Eclectic Approach.

Not only is Austin home to great music, but it also hosts the largest migrational urban bat colony in North America.  During the spring and summer months, you can catch the fuzzy winged creatures flowing out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge.  The bridge was constructed in 1980 and, unknowingly, became the home of 1.5 million bats for a few months out of the year.  This is truly a natural spectacle to see if you ever are lucky enough to travel to Austin.

-Ty

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SXSW part I

Wow!  What a trip!  SXSW is truly a music lovers paradise.  Well, Austin alone is a music lovers paradise, but inject the city with thousands of bands, even more fans, and as much free Monster energy drinks a boy can handle and BAM!  You’ve got it made!

The day we drove into Austin and parked the van to check out the city for the first time as a band, was like falling in love with a first crush.  With the 85 degree weather, the sweet smell of blooming Russian Olive trees, and the faint sound of live music in the distance, we were hooked.  Austin happens to be the birthplace of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Willie Nelson, and many others so you know there is harnessed musical energy flowing about the city.

We had the pleasure of meeting so many great people and making lasting connections.  The band played at Treasure Island on Wednesday night and had a great response!  The place was packed and the people were grooving to our sound.  We had Thursday off to walk around and hang out with other Seattle musicians including Lotus Crush and Eclectic Approach.

Not only is Austin home to great music, but it also hosts the largest migrational urban bat colony in North America.  During the spring and summer months, you can catch the fuzzy winged creatures flowing out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge.  The bridge was constructed in 1980 and, unknowingly, became the home of 1.5 million bats for a few months out of the year.  This is truly a natural spectacle to see if you ever are lucky enough to travel to Austin.

-Ty

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TexaSuprised!

Well, first off I’d like to apologize for not being very punctual on my blog updates.  Secondly, if you’re going to play live at a coffee shop in Dallas, do it at Opening Bell!

As we drove from Lubbock to Dallas we all didn’t quite know what to expect; considering this was going to be our first gig at a cafe’-type setting.  Not only that, but it was also going to be our first ‘all ages’ show.  No alcohol or screaming party animals at this gig.  Not that that’s the only reason people scream and cheer…I hope it’s because of the music we make.   Regardless, it was going to be a different set up.

As we were pulling our gear from the trailer I noticed more and more people filling the seats at Opening Bell.  “Wow!” I thought, “this coffee house gig might just prove worthy.”  It did.  As we took the stage we were greeted with cheers from about 75 people; and in a small coffee shop, that can seem like a packed stadium with thousands of screaming fans!  At least that’s what I like to think of it as…or hope that it will be so in our future.  We made several new friends and sold about 20 CD’s.  What a great gig.  Thanks Opening Bell!

As I a sit here typing this I am in a nice hotel room and I just finished a room serviced breakfast in bed.  Why am I not in the KOA campground with the rest of the boys you ask?  Well, I was as surprised as you all when I opened my tent on Friday afternoon.  Cody and the boys had told me they had seen a lizard inside through one of the screen windows.  “In my tent,” I excitingly announced, “Awesome, I love lizards!”  I ran out of the KOA club house where we had set up our office for the day with the boys swift behind me; awaiting the surprised look on my face.  As the opening of my tent was drawn back, a head popped out at me.  Dad?  What the F@#$!

In case a few of y’all (my time in Texas is becoming apparent) didn’t know, it’s my birthday today. I am 25.  I guess my dad had been planning a surprise visit for a few weeks now and the boys were in on it.  So we spent the night around a BBQ pit laughing over a few beers.  Today we have plans of hitting the local Six Flags here in Dallas.  Wow!

Cody Beebe & The Crooks will be performing at The Moon Bar in Fort Worth, TX on Sunday, March 13th.

-Ty

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TexaSuprised!

Well, first off I’d like to apologize for not being very punctual on my blog updates.  Secondly, if you’re going to play live at a coffee shop in Dallas, do it at Opening Bell!

As we drove from Lubbock to Dallas we all didn’t quite know what to expect; considering this was going to be our first gig at a cafe’-type setting.  Not only that, but it was also going to be our first ‘all ages’ show.  No alcohol or screaming party animals at this gig.  Not that that’s the only reason people scream and cheer…I hope it’s because of the music we make.   Regardless, it was going to be a different set up.

As we were pulling our gear from the trailer I noticed more and more people filling the seats at Opening Bell.  “Wow!” I thought, “this coffee house gig might just prove worthy.”  It did.  As we took the stage we were greeted with cheers from about 75 people; and in a small coffee shop, that can seem like a packed stadium with thousands of screaming fans!  At least that’s what I like to think of it as…or hope that it will be so in our future.  We made several new friends and sold about 20 CD’s.  What a great gig.  Thanks Opening Bell!

As I a sit here typing this I am in a nice hotel room and I just finished a room serviced breakfast in bed.  Why am I not in the KOA campground with the rest of the boys you ask?  Well, I was as surprised as you all when I opened my tent on Friday afternoon.  Cody and the boys had told me they had seen a lizard inside through one of the screen windows.  “In my tent,” I excitingly announced, “Awesome, I love lizards!”  I ran out of the KOA club house where we had set up our office for the day with the boys swift behind me; awaiting the surprised look on my face.  As the opening of my tent was drawn back, a head popped out at me.  Dad?  What the F@#$!

In case a few of y’all (my time in Texas is becoming apparent) didn’t know, it’s my birthday today. I am 25.  I guess my dad had been planning a surprise visit for a few weeks now and the boys were in on it.  So we spent the night around a BBQ pit laughing over a few beers.  Today we have plans of hitting the local Six Flags here in Dallas.  Wow!

Cody Beebe & The Crooks will be performing at The Moon Bar in Fort Worth, TX on Sunday, March 13th.

-Ty

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Everything is Bigger in…

Cody was the first to see him sitting across the parking lot in his white truck with an official emblem on the side.  I was slightly nervous, fearing we might be about to get a big fat Texas-sized citation; considering one of the tents was still set up.  Cody whistled to the boys around the fire as I walked over to the tent to warn Joe, Greg, and Chris.  “You boys might want to think about getting up,” I said, “There’s a Texas Ranger …or some official truck coming into the park slowly and he’s headed our direction.”  Sporting confused mugs and boxer shorts, the boys shot up and started getting dressed.  Cody and I stood side-by-side, looking like soldiers on the front line anxiously awaiting the enemy’s gain; and fearing the worst.  As the truck pulled up next to our van we could see a shield on the side with the words, Lake Patrol. “You boys can’t camp hur,” the officer said in a stern southern accent.  Slightly set aback and confused as to what to say, Cody stepped up and simply told the guy the truth…

We left Lubbock yesterday with no particular destination in mind, just a map, eight weary travelers, a loaded down trailer, and a desire to see the Texas countryside.  Being a bunch of country boys, we made sure to include our camping gear and planned on sleeping beneath the Texas stars somewhere along our journey.  We need to get to Galveston by Saturday, so I found a town in the general direction and set a new destination on the Garmin.

We reached Abilene in about 3 hours and asked a grocery store clerk her advice on camping locations in the area.  She suggested Fort Phantom Lake.  So, we drove another 7 miles north to our destination.  After driving in past the NO CAMPING! sign, pitching tents, and making plain ham sandwiches on bread we were settled in for the night.

Before too long we heard some commotion.  It turned out to be two local Texas boys trapping bait for their bass fishing trip the next day.  They had large nets that they were tossing out and bringing in ghost minnows.  They couldn’t have been nicer to us and they even allowed us to try a few tosses ourselves.  We didn’t bring anything in.  I think we might need some more practice tossin minnow nets.

…”To be honest sir, we’re a traveling band on a tight budget and we figured it would be best for us to pull off and sleep rather than continue driving tired,” Cody said.  “We have to get to Galveston by Saturday, and this looked like a nice place to stop.”  “Well, if you drive past sayn that’s tellin ya not to do somethin… you can’t do what it’s tellin ya not to do,” Officer Burdett explained.  “Well, you boys got any warrants?”  “Well, actually that’s why we’ve left Washington,” Cody said jokingly.  After making our new friend laugh and giving him an album, we were off Scott Free!  Before he drove away he looked at the name of our band and said, “I knew ya’ll’s were a bunch of Crooks!”

-Ty

 

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Sin City…

Well, we’ve made it to Las Vegas by golly!  It has been quite the trip so far and it’s not even half over.  The Crooks have made it through our California dates and are pushing East through Nevada, Arizona, and eventually Texas by next week.  One advantage of being a seven-piece band is the reach we have through our family members across the Nation.  We definitely could not be doing what we do without the support of our beloved family members.

The Crooks owe a massive thank you to Chris’ Uncle Lincoln for opening his beautiful Inglewood apartment to us.  Screw Geico, we just saved hundreds of dollars on our band account by switching to Uncle Lincoln’s apartment!  We also cannot forget the hospitality and love from Aunt Donna!  She provided the band with full bellies throughout the duration of our stay in L.A.

Crooked Quote: “Well, when we first got to L.A. we had dinner in Compton.  Since then, we’ve pretty much just been hangin’ out in Inglewood.” –Aaron Myers

Last night, we played in Las Vegas at The Freakin’ Frog.  The show went great and we made some new friends.  Included in the audience was our long time friend and fellow musician, Josh Stuart.  And of course we can’t forget about Chris’ parents, Wally and Carol who were cheering us on all night.  They also treated us to an incredible buffet/champagne brunch this morning.  We love you both!

Cody Beebe & The Crooks performed at The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale, AZ last night.  Thank you to all who came out!  The Crooks are in Lubbock, TX tonight playing at The Lone Star O’ Bar!

-Ty

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