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Deborah Crooks


  1. 1.
    Adding Water To The Ashes
  2. 2.
    Looking Down the Road
  3. 3.
    A Garden
  4. 4.
    Long Roads
  5. 5.
    Adding Water To The Ashes
California songwriter Deborah Crooks announces the release of her fourth full-length album The Department of the West (Dec.
6, 2019). A follow-up to her 2016 EP Beauty Everywhere and her work with the band Bay Station, which released Other Desert Cities in 2018, Crooks continues to explores themes of natural history (“River Stones”), family (“All Signs”), and the #metoo movement (“Long Roads”), while also addressing the nature of land ownership and Native American history (“Department of the West” “What the Land Will Tell You”) and relationship (“Let the River do the Running”).
Crooks co-produced The Department of the West with Danny Allen (Baby Buck Studio, High Diving Horses) and recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studio in San Francisco. Allen also played guitars, ukulele and banjo on the album, and was joined by Mike Stevens (The Uptones, Sun Kil Moon) on drums and percussion, Kevin T. White (Chuck Prophet, Shelby Lynne) on bass. Longtime collaborator Kwame Copeland (Bay Station, Straw Coyotes) as well as Heather Davison (Loretta Lynch), Maurice Tani and Maryam Qudus also contributed backing vocals. The recording was mixed and engineered by Qudus (Tune-Yards, Kronos Quartet) and mastered by Piper Payne (Infrasonic Sound).
A native Californian, personal and natural history have long informed Crooks' writing. She's also cofounded Bay Station along with its Love the Bay music and sailing video series.


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