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.”