The expansive eleven tracks are a mixture of roots rock and modern country flavored with jazz, blues and soul, all centered around Beebe’s gravelly tenor and loose southern drawl that makes you think he may be a long lost Van Zant brother."
-Rick J Bowen, Examiner.com
"They nearly blew the roof off the joint with their energetic, highly charged roots-rock assault."
-Chris Senn, Melophobe.com
Have you ever been caught up in a moment? A moment so pure, so honest, and so real, that you hoped it would remain? That’s what happens when you listen to Cody Beebe & The Crooks. With their sophomore album, Out Here, you get captured by a moment and realize its authenticity.
Cody Beebe & The Crooks make rock music. Roots rock, if you want to be exact. It’s raw, it’s true, and every track is a slice of Americana. “Roots rock seems like the best term to encompass everything we’re doing,” says frontman and guitarist Cody Beebe. The band doesn’t stop with rock; they incorporate elements of blues, jazz, country, funk and soul to helm their distinctive sound. “We make Southern rock, but we’re from the Northwest,” Beebe jokes. It’s as if Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers updated their vibe and sprinkled it with pieces of Big Sky Country, Puget Sound, and Evergreen forests.
The music goes deep. Its roots can be traced back to 2009 when the band formed in Seattle, WA. They spent three years on the road, really honing their sound, finding out what worked and what didn’t. But it’s with Out Here that Cody Beebe & The Crooks really found their stride.
There were some changes. Two members left the band, but that only made the remaining stronger, distilling their sound and making it more potent. When they recorded their debut album, Friends of the Old Mill, they had about performed less than 30 shows. “Everybody had day jobs; we had short hair,” laughs Beebe. Three years later, the band has played close to 400 shows. They’ve traveled the nation in their beloved tour van, The Hozzington, living off their live shows, surviving on what the road had to offer. When they returned from tour in October 2011, they relocated to rural Central Washington and found jobs together as carpenters. Not a very rock star thing to do, but it gave the boys a chance to spend time crafting the songs that would end up on their sophomore effort.
“After all the miles we’ve travelled together, the people we’ve met along the way, and the stories we’ve heard, every song has pretty serious subject matter, but the album is not a downer,” claims Beebe. He’s right. The album won’t leave a sharp taste in your mouth. The band is in a good place and so is their music. It’s raw and honest, yet it envelops you with warmth, kind of like a big rock and roll hug.
The band enlisted as producer and engineer, John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Brandi Carlile, Nada Surf), who, as Beebe puts it, captured the live essence of the group. Recorded to tape at London Bridge Studio, Out Here is reminiscent of the distinctive Seattle sound forged in the 90s, putting a fresh twist on familiar tones heard on iconic records created within the same studio.
Everything Cody Beebe & The Crooks do, from touring, to creating the wildly successful Chinook Fest (www.ChinookFest.com), they’ve done on their own. It gives the band a great satisfaction to connect with their fans and make the music they want to make. The band has something greater than fame and fortune; they have a tight bond that cannot be broken. “We’re constantly trying to keep up with an ever-evolving industry. We’ve learned from trial and error. We’ve never been on a record label,” Beebe says, “but, we have a brotherhood and we all depend on each other.” That’s what makes Out Here so powerful.
The album’s title is inspired by the survival of the frontier attitude in the people of the American Heartland, with all of its directness, honesty, wildness, and depth. Keys player Aaron Myers is from Big Sandy, Montana, and after the band took a trip there, they were in awe of his family’s early-1900’s homestead. “The vastness exhilarates me and gives me a great sense of freedom. There’s an immovable quality to that vastness that we can’t affect in any way. It will survive regardless, but while we are here we can work hard, live well, tell our story, and add to its legacy,” Myers says, referring to how the environment around them helped shape some of the ideas behind their music.
In contrast to the vastness of Montana, Beebe and hand percussionist Joe Catron are from Selah, Washington, a small agricultural town in the middle of the state. It’s a downhome type of place where you wave at everyone you pass. The heartland feel of Central Washington and openness of the Big Sky State come together on Out Here – makes sense since Beebe, Catron and Myers are the chief lyricists. The band is rounded out by Eric Miller (bass) and Brian Paxton (drums), and they all share a common idea, according to Beebe. “Our down-home attitude has a place in a progressive world. There is a broader perspective. We strive to just be authentic, no hype; just be honest and true with the music.”
It’s not something they’re contriving; it’s not something they’re trying to do for their gain. They care about their fans and hope the stories they’re telling on the new record pierce through the vastness of America, allowing more and more people to experience their music. Take a listen to tracks like “Anvil,” “Bitter Run,” and “Hold The Line.” You’ll be captured in a crescendo of rock, and wish you could stay there forever, trapped in the perfect moment.
Cody Beebe - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Joe Catron - djembe/percussion
Eric Miller - Bass
Aaron Myers - keys/piano
Brian Paxton - Drums
Cody Beebe & The Crooks:
"Out Here" (May, 2013), Self-released, ASCAP.
"Friends of the Old Mill" (June, 2010), Self-released, ASCAP.
"Providing a little bit of everything with a strong roots and alternative rock undercurrent, Out Here is an enticing continuation of the eclectic musical styles that Cody Beebe & The Crooks are quickly becoming known for." -Meghan Roos, BluesRockReview.com
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"Providing a little bit of everything with a strong roots and alternative rock undercurrent, Ou..."Providing a little bit of everything with a strong roots and alternative rock undercurrent, Out Here is an enticing continuation of the eclectic musical styles that Cody Beebe & The Crooks are quickly becoming known for." -Meghan Roos, BluesRockReview.com
"Out Here is an accomplished, organic step forward for Cody Beebe & the Crooks." -Chris Senn, BackBeatSeattle.com
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"Out Here is an accomplished, organic step forward for Cody Beebe & the Crooks.&..."Out Here is an accomplished, organic step forward for Cody Beebe & the Crooks."
-Chris Senn, BackBeatSeattle.com
"Razor sharp riffs, thunderous drums, and hair raising vocals." -Ross Carlson, WorkinMansBlues.com
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Cody Beebe and the Crooks Label: Unsigned Website: www.codybeebeandthecrooks.com Who They are: C...Cody Beebe and the Crooks
Who They are: Cody Beebe and the Crooks are an eclectic hard-rock outfit from rural Washington. They released their debut in 2010 and have since played over 400 shows, retooled the band, refined their sound, and released their sophomore album Out Here on Tuesday, May 7.
What they sound like: After listening to the first two tracks on Out Here, it would be easy to write off Cody Beebe and the Crooks as just another blues influenced hard rock band. And that wouldn’t be a bad thing since cuts like “Alleyway” and “Hold the Line” absolutely rock and feature razor sharp riffs, thunderous drums, and hair raising vocals. But the truth is, Cody and the band clearly feel comfortable in a variety of musical idioms, and besides 70’s riff rock, Out Here highlights strong blues, country, and, even funk influences.
“Dangerous” for example, is a funky minor bluesy tune that features sharp horn lines, and some bluesy female vocals. It’s a great tune, and while the heavy drum sound helps the song mesh with the album’s louder material, the song’s feel is a little out of sync with the album’s harder tunes. The same goes for the title track “Out Here” which feels at home with the smokey blues/jazz influences of “Dangerous” but marks an even a sharper stylistic departure from the album’s heavier offerings. “Counting Sheep,” the album’s closer, represents a third distinct genre shift, and utilizes, strings, mandolin, and acoustic guitar. It’s a nice tune that sounds like a mix between Zeppelin’s acoustic material such as “Goin’ to California,” Andrew Bird, and nashville country.
Often when a band tries to occupy too much stylistic space, the results are watered down tunes that fail to effectively capture any one sound. Interestingly, that isn’t the case here and although the new album is stylistically diverse, the band is more than competent in every genre they attempt and the songwriting remains strong throughout.
Still, the album would be more effective if the band had more common ground from song to song. Of course there’s a fine line between sounding repetitive and stuffing too many influences onto one album, but Out Here is most effective when the band just turns up and rocks out, while letting their other influences seep through more subtly. Still, Out Here is a well done album that is surely worth more than a few listens.
Don’t Miss: “Hold the Line” It’s a really cool hard rock tune that somehow makes the very unrock star idea of being a family man seem extremely cool. The band also produced a great video for the song that’s included above.
What’s Next: The band is gearing up for a summer tour in support of the new album and organizing and performing at Chinook Fest, the band’s independent music festival.
"Out Here is a very genuine sounding album from some very hard working young men who bring their small town heritage along with them as they build their own destiny in the wider world." -Rick J Bowen, Examiner.com
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"Out Here is a very genuine sounding album from some very hard working young men who bring ..."Out Here is a very genuine sounding album from some very hard working young men who bring their small town heritage along with them as they build their own destiny in the wider world."
-Rick J Bowen, Examiner.com
Speed Date: Collective Perceptions, Serious Dialogues & Headbanging Rock
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By: Andrew Shaw May 22, 2013 In the Buzzine offices music is bouncing off everything. There are ...By: Andrew Shaw
May 22, 2013
In the Buzzine offices music is bouncing off everything. There are artists everywhere, they’re always bringing new projects for the world to hear, and we want to talk to as many of them as possible. There is much to say, much to discover, and a whole bunch of tunes that we need to hear.
Every week we like to flirt with artists, hear their stories and take a brief glimpse at what we could and should be listening to. So with that in mind – we pick up our phones, hit up the artists and invite the quick-fire Speed Date…
What is your name and where are you from?
Cody Beebe & The Crooks, from the Pacific Northwest.
Where are you right now?
We are in our van driving to the Redwoods Nat'l Park to go camping.
Hey, do you have a cam on your phone, can we have a pic to see what you’re up to?
If our moms were setting us up on a blind date, what 3 things would your mom tell my mom about you?
That I'm cute as a button, and a good man, and thorough.
Why are you answering these questions (what are you promoting)?
We are touring in support of our new album, Out Here.
What 3 words best describe your musical style?
Dynamic, Authentic, and Energetic.
What sentence best sums up your latest album?
It is a historical document; it reveals to the listener a distillation of our collective perceptions, all while provoking serious dialogue and unabashed head banging.
What are you most proud of in your professional life?
That our music has allowed us to travel the country and share our craft with so many people. We write the types of songs we want to, we have founded our own music festival, ChinookFest, and we have all sacrificed for this together.
What other music (apart from your own) are you listening to right now?
Rx Bandits, Monsters of Folk, Incubus, Blake Noble
Who is your musical hero?
Juicy J, jk, there are too many to name.
When are you the happiest: recording in the studio or playing live on stage? Why?
We all love the studio experience, but performing live and exchanging energy with the crowd is unlike anything else.
What has been your greatest ‘rock star’ moment so far?
We got recognized in a Goodwill once, turned out to be my grandma's neighbor Melvin.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Touring the world and working on our 5th album.
What is your motto?
If it was easy, everyone would do it.
Anything more to add?
Where can online fans find more about you?
Our official website.
Cody Beebe & The Crooks' album 'Out Here' is available now on Cody Beebe and the Crooks Music.
"One of the most memorable rock ensembles in the Northwest." -Alina Shanin, SeattleMusicInsider.com
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"One of the most memorable rock ensembles in the Northwest." -Alina Shanin, SeattleMusic... "One of the most memorable rock ensembles in the Northwest." -Alina Shanin, SeattleMusicInsider.com
News & Show Preview: Cody Beebe & the Crooks @ Neumos, Fri. 9/23
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Cody Beebe & The Crooks – Summer 2011+ Playing last show as 7-piece September 23, 2011 @ Neumos w/ H...Cody Beebe & The Crooks – Summer 2011+ Playing last show as 7-piece September 23, 2011 @ Neumos w/ Hot Bodies in Motion + Ben Union
After spending the summer on the road, crisscrossing the country, playing countless shows, adding somewhere around eleven thousand miles to the odometer and passing through twenty-four of the forty-eight continental United States, Cody Beebe & The Crooks return home to rock Neumos on September 23rd. Of course they have sandwiched many more shows between now and then – including one more small little cross country jaunt out to New York to play Albany’s Larkfest.
Cody Beebe & The Crooks’ eclectic sound has helped them grow a large fan base around the Northwest. The 4th of July show at Seely Lake in Montana was an early tour highlight. After that, the band took off east. On their way to the coast they played a show in Bloomington, IN, a town far removed from their fan base in the Northwest and not exactly known for a thriving music scene. They went from playing to a couple thousand in Montana to a couple in Indiana. I’m sure this couple was dancing along to the music but the audience was a bit smaller than the band was hoping for.
On the East Coast they rocked the Capitol, played the Bus Stop in Pittman, NJ which is quickly becoming a favorite (they’re rocking the joint again in mid-September) and played two shows in one night in Greenwich Village, where Dylan, Simon and Buckley gained a following and launched their careers. Cody said that he could almost feel the history in the air. After New York they turned the van around and headed back west playing shows in Colorado, Taos, New Mexico and the Hotel Cafe in L.A. before swinging up north. A gig opening up for Jimmie Vaughan and Buddy Guy in Roseburg, OR followed along with a spot on the lineup for the Summer Meltdown Festival in Darrington.
Along the way the band also worked hard on promoting their single, “Waiting On You” to radio stations across the country. It seems their hard work paid off. The campaign is successful beyond all expectations. As I type this “Waiting On You” is sitting at number 66 and rising on the AAA radio charts.
When the band finally did return to the Northwest the van was a little lighter. The band has mutually parted ways with guitarist Greg Floyd and wish him nothing but the best. Multi-instrumentalist Ty Paxton will also be leaving the band to be with his fiancée and find a path for his life that is more aligned with immediate priorities. The band states: “Both Greg and Ty are something like brothers to us, and we know that they will find happiness and success in whatever path they choose. They are great men, and we wish them all the best. That said, we will always miss playing with them and having them with us in our travels and on stage.”
The show on September 23rd at Neumos will be Cody Beebe & The Crooks’ final show as a seven-piece band. They are ending one chapter and opening a new one, moving forward as a five-piece. The band plans to play a few shows here and there and write new material over the last few months of the year.
The Neumos show is not a show to miss. Cody Beebe & The Crooks rock hard and give it their all each time out, seven-piece, five-piece or other. Hot Bodies in Motion and Ben Union open.
by Chris Senn
A Case of the Blues -- Expect a new sound with two fewer Crooks
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By Pat Muir YAKIMA, Wash. -- The past year has been good to Cody Beebe and The Crooks, and it's b...By Pat Muir
YAKIMA, Wash. -- The past year has been good to Cody Beebe and The Crooks, and it's been a little rough on Cody Beebe and The Crooks.
The good: The Seattle roots-rock outfit, fronted by Selah native Beebe, has toured nationally, drawn attention (if not contract offers) from major labels and moved about 5,000 copies of last year's album, "Friends of the Old Mill." They're booked alongside headliner Ellen Whyte and two other acts for a homecoming show Saturday at A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz, one of Yakima's premier annual events. They even had one of those cinematic moments when, during a tour swing through the South, Beebe and the boys heard their single, "Waiting On You," playing on a Knoxville, Tenn., radio station.
"We didn't call and request it or anything," Beebe says in a phone interview earlier this week. "All of a sudden it just came on."
The bad: The band's blossoming success has led to tumult. Lead guitarist Greg Floyd and multi-instrumentalist Ty Paxton have decided to call it quits in the past month, taking the seven-piece band down to five. The departures were amicable but bittersweet, Beebe says. Paxton and Floyd have lives to lead outside the band and weren't interested in "being on the road as much as we're going to be on the road the next couple of years," he says.
Now the band, which has spent four months on the road this year, has to refocus and learn to play as a five piece. Beebe is trying to find ways to see that as a good thing and says he's sure the sound on future recordings will be a little more raw, a little more rock 'n' roll.
"It will be difficult," Beebe says. "But as a seven-piece we've always tried to be so eclectic that we've had trouble finding our real sound. This will allow us to really find ourselves and our sound."
The band will miss Floyd's guitar and Paxton's harmonica on the bluesier numbers. But Beebe expects they'll still be able to get that mix of alt-country and classic rock that they've become known for.
"I've been very lucky to be able to play with Greg," he says. "It allowed me to just sit back and play rhythm (guitar). But I know I'm capable of some other things. So this will be a chance for me to push myself a little more over the next few years."
The upshot to all of this, insofar as it matters to those planning to attend Saturday's event, is that A Case of the Blues will now serve as one of two remaining shows for all seven members.
"We'll start the show off as a five-piece, sort of saying, 'This is the direction we're headed,'" Beebe says. "Then we'll bring the other two out."
And that will be the end of Cody Beebe and The Crooks, Chapter 1. They'll spend the next few months after that holed up in a room, recording and learning to play as a smaller band before shedding the cocoon and heading out on tour again in January.
"For us, it's a steady progression," Beebe says. "As long as we're taking steps forward, we're OK."
The other acts at this year's Case of the Blues are:
* Ellen Whyte, the event's headliner, a Portland-based blues singer with a sound not unlike Bonnie Raitt but bluesier. Whyte doesn't sing her songs; she belts them out. With four albums on her resume and three decades as a performer, Whyte has reached the level of Northwest blues stalwart. And she still gets out and gigs constantly, bringing high energy to shows like the one she played in April at The Seasons Performance Hall.
* Billy D and the Hoodoos, another Portland act that's probably familiar to local blues aficionados. The band played the Jazz in the Valley festival in Ellensburg just last month. Billy and the band aren't exactly straight blues. They wear their rock 'n' roll influence on their sleeves, but the band's sound is definitely a close cousin to Chicago blues.
* Shoot Jake, Yakima's version of a supergroup, which combines former Tieton Driver drummer Lindsay Jacobson and Deny Your Deceiver bassist John Gonzales with Ben Johnson. This is a straightforward rock 'n' roll group dedicated to stealing the genre back from whiners and commercial-jingle writers.
"They're all bluesy, and they're all rock 'n' roll," says Liz Fonfara, membership and marketing coordinator for the Yakima Greenway, the organization coordinating the event. "It's something different this year. It should be fun. ... We don't want that front area up there empty; we want people up and dancing."
The event typically draws about 3,500 people, Fonfara says. It benefits the Greenway organization as well as the Junior League of Yakima. There will be about a dozen Northwest beer vendors, twice that many wine vendors and a pair of cider vendors. Food will be available from more than a dozen of the Yakima Valley's favorite eateries. There will be a margarita booth, as well.
Cody Beebe & The Crooks finish first leg of tour in Seattle
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Cody Beebe & The Crooks is one of Seattle's hottest up and coming bands. This outfit is a Roots Roc...Cody Beebe & The Crooks is one of Seattle's hottest up and coming bands. This outfit is a Roots Rock band that fuses several genres to create an electric, eclectic and catchy musical stew. The group is made up of seven local musicians, launched the first leg of their national tour two months ago at Seattle's Hard Rock Cafe.
This past weekend the band returned to the Northwest to open for Augastana, last Friday, April 22nd for KINK FM’s Earth day Celebration at the Aladdin Theater in Portland. The next night the band headed back up the I5 to headline a sold out show last Saturday, April 23rd at the Crocodile Cafe.
The band is taking a well deserved break before they gear up for the second leg of the tour in support of their radio campaign, which will start in July. This portion of the tour will take this hard working band to the East coast.
Before the band embarks on the leg of that tour they will play a couple outdoor shows. The group will play the Fremont Festival on June 19th and The Emerald Queen Taste of Tacoma on June 26th.
Before the group hit the road a couple of months ago, SMI Radio’s Greg Roth got together with the boys, backstage at the Hard Rock Cafe prior to the band embarking on the first leg of their tour. The band talks about their music, their influences and what the future holds for this talented group of artists. In addition, SMI Radio features several cuts of off the groups debut LP, “Friends of the Old Mill."
It was great to talk with these cats. They are good guys and are as authentic as their music, which is saying a lot. They are definitely going to be a Seattle band to keep your eyes and ears on. We expect that they will be doing some great things in 2011 and will do The Emerald City and their local fans proud.
Cody Beebe & The Crooks embarks on two-month national tour
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Local band has a big year ahead By Anne-Marije Rook 2011-02-14 Cody Beebe & The Crooks, a Roots R...Local band has a big year ahead
By Anne-Marije Rook
Cody Beebe & The Crooks, a Roots Rock band made up of seven local musicians, launched their first true national tour on Saturday with a show at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Saturday was a triple celebratory event as it also marked Cody Beebe's birthday and the band's two year anniversary.
"It's a huge show for us," said Tyler Paxton.
Their two-moth tour will take them across the country and includes some big showcasing opportunities. In L.A. they'll be showcasing at Triple A radio alongside K.D. Lang and Iron and Wine, and in March they'll hit up SXSW at The Texas RockFest.
They will also be playing at the conclusion of the Galveston Mardi Gras celebrations.
"We're really hoping to make an impact down there," lead singer Cody Beebe said.
"We're really excited to get down there. We're just excited to hear some good music and share ours," added pianist Aaron Myers.
The band said they're unsure what to expect but they've been told frequently by fans that their music will fit in with the Texas music scene.
Self-labelled as a "Steve Earle meets Pink Floyd band", the band takes gritty and emotional song writing and pairs it with intricate music.
"We call ourselves roots rock but we're a mix of country, blues, and rock," said Beebe. "For a lot of us we would get really bored playing in a tight boundaries and we want to be clear that we're not a pop country band by any means."
In December, the band used the power of their music to bring cheer and hope to those who need it most. Playing a concert at Nickelsville, Cody Beebe & the Crooks turned the spotlight on Seattle's homeless issues and launched a national campaign to give hope to all who are going through economic hard times with a deeply reflective song titled “Nine to Chain.”
"It was an eye-opening and humbling experience to hear what they're going through," lead singer Cody Beebe said about playing at Nickelsville.
As part of the campaign, the band asked people to share their stories of hard times. These stories have been collected and are featured in the upcoming music video shot last month by Seattle-based video production company, Fueled Creative.
“This song is THE anthem for what is going on in the country right now, people need to hear it and see it," said Fueled’s Executive Producer, Bret Nielsen in a press release.
With their music video slated to be released in April and a national tour, 2011 is a big year for the band.
Unsigned and independent, Paxton said the members run the band like a business.
"We all have a task," he said. "We've put all our eggs in the basket. We're full time musicians and we all feel good about where we're at."
Their independently produced record "Friends of the Old Mil" was recorded last year with legendary producer and engineer Jonathan Plum (Candlebox, Blind Melon, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains) and is available on iTunes and Amazon.
While the band names The Tractor and Nectar Lounge among their favorite venues, the dream is to play at the Moore.
"It's a big dream but it's attainable in the next few years," Beebe said.
"Friends of the Old Mill" Album Review
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This new roots-rock album has compelling lyrics, musical variety, and an overall upbeat feel. Cody B...This new roots-rock album has compelling lyrics, musical variety, and an overall upbeat feel. Cody Beebe and the Crooks (most of whom are WSU alumni) offer up twelve tracks with titles such as “Nine to Chain,” “Change of Pace,” and “Hurricane,” a pleasing assortment of rock/jazz/funk songs that contrast nicely in their use of instruments and varying tempos. Guitar is prevalent throughout, but piano can also be heard here and there, often adding a jazzy or syncopated feel.
Some songs, such as “Nine to Chain” and “Much of Anything” incorporate fiddle and/or harmonica redolent of country music. The titles of the album’s songs don’t necessarily provide clues of how they will sound. “Fireworks” has a slower rhythm, while “Perfect Day” picks up the pace.
“Friends of the Old Mill” is one of those albums that you can listen to any day. Whether you want to relax to a mellow tune or are looking for an upbeat song to work out to, this album has it. These are seven talented musicians whose unique combination of instruments and beautiful harmonizing are definitely worth listening to.
Welcome home and rock out to Cody Beebe and the Crooks
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Cody Beebe and the Crooks are really making a go of it over in Seattle's alt-country scene, having p...Cody Beebe and the Crooks are really making a go of it over in Seattle's alt-country scene, having played joints like The Tractor Tavern and Neumo's. But there's nothing like coming home.
Beebe and bandmates Ty Paxton and Joe Catron are from Selah, and their holiday shows at the Yakima Sports Center serve as unofficial reunions of their friends and classmates. Their show there Saturday, the first such Christmas show since the release of the band's debut album, "Friends of the Old Mill," promises to be packed and primed for some good hard-driving rock-tinged Americana.
Those who attend can expect a straightforward kind of sound from Beebe, whose influences include classic rock as well as outlaw country from guys like Steve Earle and Johnny Cash. He and The Crooks, in other words, are not your typical Seattle band. They don't get cute. They aren't trying to prove how hip they are. They just want to jump on stage and rock a little bit. Especially for a hometown crowd.
The show starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. The Sports Center is at 214 E. Yakima Ave.
-- Pat Muir
Repeat performers blend "country twang" & rock n' roll with thought-provoking lyrics
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By Cambree Benetua The sound of the djembe drum melding with the sweet sounds of the harmonica an...By Cambree Benetua
The sound of the djembe drum melding with the sweet sounds of the harmonica and acoustic guitar filled the SURC pit. Sly glances and silent laughter fl ying back and forth between band members across the stage could only mean one thing: Cody Beebe and the Crooks have graced Central Washington University once again.
Selah native Cody Beebe, along with his 6-piece band, released their new CD in 2010, entitled "Friends of the Old Mill."
"We're a collaboration of a bunch of different bands who all came together and formed together into a soup," said Beebe, lead singer.
Describing themselves as a "roots rock" band, Cody and the Crooks kept the audience clapping along to the songs "Hurricane" and "Waiting on You" off their new album.
"They are a mix between country twang and rock n' roll," said Ashley Bone, junior business major. "They sound almost like if Kurt Cobain were to do a country song - it's sultry."
During their noon acoustic performance, Beebe tapped his cowboy boot against his stool while bass guitarist Eric Miller and percussionist Joe Catron shot glances at each other, seeming to reminisce about the background behind each song.
"We write a lot about things that we see happening around us, to other people or to ourselves and try to fi nd a positive light in everything." Beebe said. "We don't write sad music but we write very serious music, meant to try to better people. We write about the economy, we write about war. We're not preachy but we like to ask questions of people and make them think outside of the box a little bit."
Full of laughter and jokes, the band, per request by the audience, did their rendition of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time." Tyler Paxton on the harmonica and banjo threw off his black plaid shirt and hit the high note, then told the audience not to speak a word of this exclusive cover to anyone.
"I think that we're all fun-loving people," Catron said. "We all enjoy life and we want others to enjoy life and enjoy our music."
Their larger-than-life instrumental sound and soulful performance, along with their stories of perusing Ellensburg's thrift stores to add to their collection of pearl button-down shirts, was enough to keep a fi lled audience enthralled.
Cody Beebe and the Crooks took Central by storm for the second time in two years and Beebe says they look forward to performing at Central whenever they get the chance.
"I think the future defi nitely holds some great things for us," Paxton said. "I can feel like we're working so hard and for us this is our job. This is our life; we hold the utmost respect for our band and we're very driven. Hopefully we'll be wearing shades soon because its going to be so bright."
massy ferguson + cody beebe and the crooks + curtains for you - neumos (seattle, wa; sep. 17, 2010)
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By Chris Senn The audience filtered into Neumos from the rainy, wet and humid night only to find ...By Chris Senn
The audience filtered into Neumos from the rainy, wet and humid night only to find the rain and humidity was able to sneak in as well. The condensation inside caused water to drip onto the crowd from the pipes above. This was perfect weather for Massy Ferguson’s CD release party though. Hard Water, their second album, is an impressive collection of diverse, working class roots rock. The show also marked milestones for opening bands Cody Beebe and the Crooks and Curtains For You as both groups rocked the Neumos stage for the first time.
Curtains For You took the stage shortly after 9 pm as the audience was still arriving. By the end of the set they had won most in the crowd over with their blend of straight-forward indie rock with styles as diverse as swing, ragtime and alt-country. They even broke out horns a couple of times. Their showstopper was the playfully theatrical “Small Change,” a song that instantly brought the Roaring Twenties into the 21st century.
Cody Beebe and the Crooks took the stage like they had something to prove and boy, did they. They nearly blew the roof off the joint with their energetic, highly charged roots-rock assault and the tightness of their musicianship. The music and Cody’s vocals never sounded better, thanks in large part to Neumos’ state-of-the-art sound system. They rocked hard only letting up when the slow build up of songs like “Push” and the radio-ready “Waiting On You” allowed. The audience was packed in pretty good, grooving and moving to the funk jam “Change of Pace” and the galloping rocker “The Aftermath.”
Even though this concert didn’t need more Rock and Roll cred than that provided by Curtains For You, Cody Beebe and the Crooks and Massy Ferguson, I found some towards the back corner of the main floor. As I waited for Massy Ferguson to take the stage I saw a woman sitting on the floor against the side wall. I didn’t think much of it until a couple of minutes later when I looked over to see that she was throwing up into the nearby garbage can. After finishing, she continued to drink her beer. What’s more Rock and Roll than that?
Massy Ferguson kicked off their set and quickly proved why they have earned the nickname “The People’s Band”. Their brand of instantly relatable blue-collar rock coupled with their interaction with the crowd, drew the audience in. They entrusted the audience with singing a line of “Powder Blue.” They encouraged the audience to dance along throughout the set and many did. The new material sounded great. Guitarist Adam Monda broke out the harmonica on “Pretty Plain Jane”. It sounded better on stage then when I heard it on KEXP hours earlier, the mark of a good band.
Surprising and impressing the crowd at the same time, lead vocalist Ethan Anderson interjected flute into the traditional country rock progression of “Freedom Country”. It was a little like Jethro Tull, but cooler and contemporary. Wenatchee Eyes” featured guitar that’s located somewhere in between that of southern rock and the alternative twang of R.E.M.
During the show, Amanda, a friend of the band, was nice enough to walk through the crowd selling copies of the new album for the band. Great marketing move in my book. As they were winding down the set they recruited Cody Beebe and a couple members of Curtains For You for percussion duties. They then recruited a couple back-up singers and a Bob Seger fan. With the crowd dancing and singing along they cemented their working-class reputation by performing a spirited cover of “Night Moves.”
By the time they took the stage for their encore it was 12:30 am. Many in the audience began to understandably leave because it was so late. The closing track of Hard Water, “Aspartame,” was the perfect choice to open the encore. They switched it up a little bit as Anderson sat down and played an acoustic version. Much of the main floor turned into a dance floor for the last song, a fun country rock romp. It got the remaining crowd grooving and rocking and closed the show on a high note. This was one heck of a rock show. The whole bill was strong. The hard water pouring down out of the Seattle sky as the crowd left Neumos ... bad. Massy Ferguson’s Hard Water CD Release Show ... very, very good.
P.S. Many thanks to Jeff McKeown who shot some awesome photos and allowed me to attach them to this review.
Cody Beebe comes full circle with fair show
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By Pat Muir When he was as young as 7, Cody Beebe would accompany his uncle, country musician Rob...By Pat Muir
When he was as young as 7, Cody Beebe would accompany his uncle, country musician Robert Shaun Beebe, at the Oak Park Stage at the Central Washington State Fair.
Sometimes he'd catch a show over at the fair's main stage. It was part of a musical upbringing that eventually led him to start writing and singing his own songs. Well, tonight he'll be back at that main stage, this time with his Seattle-based band Cody Beebe and The Crooks.
"It's going to be very exciting for us," Beebe, 25, says in a phone interview this week. "Out of the seven of us, there's three of us from Selah."
The band, which plays a Steve Earle-influenced brand of country-rock Americana, has become a regular on the Seattle scene, playing three or four shows a week. The Crooks have played some of the better Seattle venues, too, such as Neumo's and the Tractor Tavern, but the show at the fair is going to be something special for them, says 24-year-old Tyler Paxton, who plays harmonica and banjo.
"The very first concert I ever went to was Clint Black at the Central Washington State Fair," he says. "I was 5 years old, and I saw him playing harmonica. I just thought that was so cool."
Paxton, Beebe and fellow Selah native Joe Catron, one of the band's two percussionists, have been playing together since 2008, along with guitarist Greg Floyd. They added Eric Miller on bass, Aaron Myers on keyboards and Chris Green on drums in 2009 when they moved to Seattle from Pullman. Of the seven, only two have day jobs, an indication of how seriously they're pursuing music as a career.
"All of us want to follow this dream and make it happen," Catron says.
Five of them, including the three from Selah, live together in the same house, which helps cut down expenses and creates opportunities for songwriting.
"It's great," Paxton says. "We have what we call our office, which is basically half of our two-car garage, and we sit there and work on booking. But just last night, we picked up guitars and started to work out a new song."
Their first full album, "Friends of the Old Mill," came out this year and will be available at the fair. In addition to the opportunity to pick that up, the band promises a high-energy show.
"We are a little bit different than that standard Americana band," Beebe says. "Our rock 'n' roll influences shine through."
* Pat Muir can be reached at 509-577-7693 or email@example.com.
Seattle Roots Rock Band ‘Cody Beebe and the Crooks’ Play The Tractor & Neumos
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By Mike Showalter Following on the heels of their CD release performance at the Nectar in June, S...By Mike Showalter
Following on the heels of their CD release performance at the Nectar in June, Seattle-based roots rock band Cody Beebe and the Crooks will be opening at The Tractor on August 7 for the Texas-based Randy Rogers Band, currently out on a national tour. The Crooks will later open for local favorite Massey Ferguson at Neumos on September 17.
The 7-member Crooks can be described as country, funky, bluesy and americana, but perhaps mostly as roots rock. Think Steve Earle meets John Mellencamp meets Keith Urban. They recently released their first CD, “Friends of the Old Mill,” which was recorded at Seattle’s legendary London Bridge Studios with renowned producer/engineer Jonathan Plum (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Blind Melon, Candlebox). “Friends of the Old Mill” was recorded mostly live to analog tape.
“We did this as a monument to an “old school” honest style of performance that is sometimes lacking in the music world today, and we will be representing that ideal while we promote this album during these upcoming shows,” said Beebe of the analog recording.
Beebe began his music career in 2004 when his song “Remember My Name” received honorable mention in the VH1 Save the Music Foundation songwriting contest. He also won first prize in the 2005 Washington State University Acoustic Battle of the Bands, and his songs were featured on the syndicated Fox television show, Jackson Horn, in 2007. He has released two solo albums, Verbs (2006) and Much of Anything EP (2008). The group that eventually turned into “Cody Beebe and the Crooks” in 2009 began forming first when Beebe began playing acoustic duet gigs with his childhood friend, Ty Paxton in 2007. They later added Joe Catron on percussion and guitarist Greg Floyd to form a quartet. They rounded out The Crooks by bringing on drummer Chris Green, guitarist-turned-bassist Eric Miller, and pianist Aaron Myers.
They’re opening on Saturday for a very good Randy Rogers Band, an Austin-based country group that has recorded four studio albums and two live albums and charted six singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Their highest-charting single, “Tonight’s Not the Night (For Goodbye)”, reached #43 in 2005. The tour is in support if their upcoming album, “Burning the Day.”
Shawn Stewart's Blog - Music Director - 103.7 The Mountain (Seattle)
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By Shawn Stewart 2 approaches to getting the MD to listen to your local band: 1. “The Onslaugh...By Shawn Stewart
2 approaches to getting the MD to listen to your local band:
1. “The Onslaught”: use your friends, families, and fans to inundate The MD’s inbox with ‘spontaneous and genuine’ requests for your band. The ‘spontaneous and genuine’ emails should read like this:
“I heard this new band, The Sweet Dominiques, playing a show and would love to hear them on your station! I think that other listeners would agree!”
Make it easy for your friends, family, and fans to cut and paste the ‘spontaneous and genuine’ requests and provide the MD’s email. No hard feelings, Sweet Dominiques! I like you and your fans are clearly invested in your success, not to mention obedient!
2. “The Spontaneous Meeting”: Ask a stranger at The Mountain Booth at the U Village Concert Series how to get your music on and Emerging Mountain Artist CD. You never know, that stranger might be a Music Director! Be charming and enthusiastic about your band, and then follow up by hand-delivering a CD and press kit to that MD’s office.
Of course, neither of these approaches work if your band blows. But neither The Sweet Dominiques or Cody Beebe and The Crooks have to worry about that! Take a listen to these two very different Emerging Local Artists: The Sweet Dominiques, who sound like they love The Velvet Underground; and Cody Beebe, who will appeal to fans of The Allman Bros and Ray LaMontagne.
Cody Beebe and the Crooks - Nectar Lounge (Seattle, WA; June 26, 2010)
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Friends, family and people out looking to enjoy local Seattle music on a decidedly mild Saturday nig...Friends, family and people out looking to enjoy local Seattle music on a decidedly mild Saturday night packed the sold out Nectar Lounge in Fremont to celebrate the release of Cody Beebe and the Crooks’ debut album, Friends of the Old Mill. The audience on the main floor were packed in tight; more were enjoying drinks upstairs while overlooking the stage in anticipation. The retractable garage door, stage left, was made for nights like this. It opened up to the outside seating area and allowed some to stand outside with the stage still clearly in view.
As an introduction, Cody Beebe and the Crooks are a Seattle roots-rock band with roots at Washington State University. The band members bring their diverse musical styles and influences together in a fusion of rock, country, Americana, funk and blues to create a sound at the same time familiar and unique. They build around the foundation of Cody Beebe’s (vocals, acoustic guitar) energetic acoustic sound. Chris Green (drums), Joe Catron (djembe, percussion) and Eric Miller (bass guitar) comprise the tight rhythm section while Aaron Myers (piano, keys) rocks the keys and Greg Floyd (guitar) shreds on intense guitar solos.
Cody Beebe and the Crooks brought in tow a couple great opening acts. Tommy Simmons, a Seattle by way of L.A. and Pullman musician, brought his acoustic singer-songwriter pieces to the stage to start the night off right. Simmons sounds like a cross between Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, his songs incessantly melodic and catchy. He got his start performing with Beebe over at Washington State University. “Got You by the Soul” is an aggressive number reminiscent of Jason Mraz, complete with a scat singing outbreak towards the end. Simmons shared an extremely personal story about “San Diego.” It was written when he was down in L.A. and tells of making a mixtape for a drive down to the titular town after he found out his mom was diagnosed with leukemia. Another highlight was “Joseph,” about a ghost in Simmons’ house. His bassist was consistently making weird faces and gestures that were every bit as entertaining as the music.
The second band to hit the stage was Andrew Vait and the Eternal Fair. They blew me away, sounding like a much more seasoned band than their short time together would indicate. “Brightest Star,” a brand new song, kicked off the set. Andrew Vait entered with a high pitched vocal at times nearing a falsetto comparable to Jeff Buckley. It became clearer as the set carried on that Vait can wail with the best of them. They switched it up effortlessly, shifting between styles and keeping the audience engaged. On “Give Me Any Other Night (but Friday Night)” they indulged their hair metal/Journey side, and “Ballad of Ray Lamone” sounded like a number from the best of Collective Soul.
After the two exceptional opening acts, Cody Beebe and the Crooks took the stage to anticipating, screaming fans. The Nectar Lounge was theirs for the taking. They kicked off the set with the full band funk jam “Change of Pace,” which lives up to its name by starting out loud, slowing down, going softer and then returning to full volume. The bluesy, acoustic “Hurricane” showcased Beebe’s gritty, rootsy vocals. At any one time, up to five band members provided vocals to flesh out the sound.
As the set progressed, more and more of the audience took up dancing in the limited floor space . “The Aftermath” provided room to showcase Myers on the keyboards amongst the galloping countrified rhythm perfect for tapping toes and getting a dance on. They then slowed it down a little with the hand percussion of Joe Catron on “Waiting On You.” It started out slower and quieter before blossoming into a melodic wall of sound.
Cody Beebe and the Crooks appeared to genuinely be enjoying their night up on stage, and their appreciation was evident in Beebe’s constant acknowledgment of and shout outs to the audience.
“Fireworks” showcased the traditional country side of the group. This one could go up against Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams and put up a damn good fight. The guitar work of Greg Floyd was highlighted here with a solo that perfectly substituted for the vocals. At times Floyd’s guitar seemed to talk.
Other highlights of the set included the heavy rocker “Perfect Day,” the ballad “Evelyn” and the epic, war questioning jam appropriately titled “War.”
Closing out the set was their signature cover of the Jimi Hendrix tune “Voodoo Child.” Floyd was let loose again to shred to his heart’s content as Beebe belted out the vocals and the entire band gave it their all to give a fitting end to an amazing night. After this show, I’m sure Cody Beebe and the Crooks can count a few hundred more people amongst the friends of the old mill.
Hold the Line
Waiting on You
Other Side of the Fence
Change of Pace
I'll Get Mine
Never Too Young
Much of Anything
Nine to Chain
Come on In
This Old Road
Till You Run Away
Feelin' Alright - Steve Earle
Gimme One Reason - Tracy Chapman
The Plank - Devil Makes Three
Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
If the venue or crowd requires, we have a long list of cover tunes we can work into the set.... including the ones above as a few examples.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.