Humility and Healing

Life is one huge paradox.  It is both rugged and fragile – one part pleasure and another part pain.  It may end tomorrow or last 100 years.  There are certain elements of life that we as individuals are in control of, but there are many times when our story is written for us.  When times get tough for Our friends or family members, we have an obligation to help them write happiness into their story.  As members of our communities and citizens of the world, we simply owe it to each other.  It is not possible to achieve anything in life without the love, support, and guidance of other people!

 

With this in mind, I would like to invite all of you to an awesome event on May 3rd in Yakima, WA.  That night, we will be releasing our new full-length album, “Out Here.”  While we are incredibly proud of the album and excited to share it with all of you, the true reason for the night is coming together in support of one of our own.  A hometown friend and an ardent supporter of CBC, Jared Yoakum needs our help!  At just 30 years old, he has been diagnosed with, and is being treated for a rare form of colon cancer.  Although he has an amazing emotional support system, cancer is a bitch, and she is expensive.  We all have a chance to help.

 

Having teamed up with Liberty Bottleworks, Yakima Craft Brewery, Naches Heights Vineyards, Coca-Cola of Yakima, Dutch Bros. Coffee, and Relay for Life, we are elated for the opportunity to put on one helluva fundraising party!  One of our friends is in need of some love, please come out and help the cause.  It will be an unforgettable experience!You can now get tickets online at www.codybeebeandthecrooks.com or physical tickets at Liberty Bottleworks, Yakima Craft Brewery, Off the Record, and Dutch Bros. Coffee.

 

Thank you, all for reading and continuing to support our band; it means the world to us!

 

- Joe Catron

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Out Here

Rain. There is a bitter-sweet melancholia and exuberant joy that puddles around everything in a rainy Seattle winter. There is an internal conflict. Should one recklessly stomp through dark puddles, covering everything in grit and mud? Should one hunker down by a fire with a cup of dark coffee and a new vinyl treasure from the local record store? Or, merely smile at the gray, knowing that our verdancy depends on it and will inevitably follow?

In December 2012, we recorded our sophomore, full-length album entitled “Out Here.” It is dripping with rain and steeped in the stories we lived and heard while touring as a blue-collar band the last four years. There is seriousness in these songs, and there is hope too.

“Out Here” is our band’s record of the past four year’s excitement and challenges. It is our way of making sense of the places we saw, the people we met, and the stories we heard. The album title itself is shared by one of our songs that tells the story of a one-hundred year old homestead in the Montana prairies and the tale of the people that lived and died there as immigrant homesteaders. Another of our songs tells the story of friends that are fighting cancer and loss, and there is another that tells the story of the ones we leave behind when we take to the highway…

However dark the stories we heard, the common theme was always hope. “Things were hard, but they got better.” “The challenges we lived through and experienced improved us. Those rough times helped us appreciate the beauty and opportunity around us. They shaped us”

Musically, “Out Here” is a raw, roots-rock Americana record. Producer John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Brandi Carlisle, Nada Surf, Sleater-Kinney, The Posies) captured the live energy of our band, and the dynamic essence of our songs. “Out Here” was recorded at London Bridge Studios (Seattle) to analog tape, and it displays the warm edginess that is so characteristic of the classic Seattle sound. The songs were written collectively by all of Cody Beebe & The Crooks with additional arrangement by Jonathan Plum and additional writing by Tommy Simmons.

We were fortunate to have a wealth of incredible guest artists record on the album as well. All our guests are musicians we have performed live with, and we deeply respect their art and abilities. We would like to thank: Greg Floyd (guitar; Whiskey Syndicate), Fysah (vocals), Rl Heyer (guitar; True Spokes, Cracker Factory), Daniel Kamas (vocals), David Miner (tenor saxophone, horn arrangements), Skylar Mehal (guitar; Patrick Foster and The Locomotive), Tyler Paxton (harmonica, banjo), Tommy Simmons (vocals), Tim Snider (strings, electric fiddle), Andrew Vait (vocals; Eternal Fair), Pauline Wick (vocals; The Wicks), Steve O’Brien (trumpet)

“Out Here” will release on iTunes on May 7 with album release concerts on May 3 (Yakima, WA), May 10 (Neumos, Seattle), May 11 (Doug Fir, Portland), May 18 (Molly Malone’s, Los Angeles), and a West Coast tour immediately following.

-Aaron Myers

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