Friday, March 10, 2017

March 15, 2017: Original Songwriter Showcase at The Octopus Literary Salon, featuring Bob Hillman, Maggie Forti & Peter Whitehead

I'm hosting another run of songwriter shows at The Oakland Octopus Literary Salon this year, kicking off what will be a quarterly event, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7pm.  March features three great artists: Bob Hillman, Peter Whitehead and Maggie Forti. Don't miss it! The entry ($5-10 suggested) is a steal, plus the Octopus is cozy, has delicious and nutritious food and drink. 
March 15, 2017 7pm
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94501
all ages, $5-10 suggested

[NBC] Peter Whitehead: Anything You Want to Do Is Going to Work Eventually from Oresti Tsonopoulos on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Songwriters at Play Tribute to Lucinda Williams- Tues, March 7th, 2017

Lucinda tribute
Lucinda Williams is the daughter of a Southern poet, a prolific recording artist, and a relentlessly touring performer. She's also a writer covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter (Passionate Kisses), Tom Petty (Change the Locks) and Emmylou Harris (Sweet Old World). We'll cover her hits, bluesy rockers and ballads in this night of joyous, righteous Americana. The all-star lineup includes L.A.'s Mick Rhodes, Deborah Crooks from the Bay Area, and local favorites Girls & Boys, Kristen Black, Noach Tangeras, John Sandoval, Amie Richie, Holly Ann Lewis, and Lauren Riffle. Your host Steve Key kicks it off at 6:30pm.
This special event runs 6:30-9pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. No cover charge, but we pass the tip bucket, shared by all of the performers. 21 & Over Only. Come early for a good seat (OK to bring your own food, but the venue does have sandwiches and snacks).
A Morro Bay Tribute to Lucinda Williams - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
Price: Free!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Watch: Deborah Crooks | Brand New Video for "Wishing Tree" - Pint of Soul

Announcing the release of the video for one of my newest songs,"Wishing Tree!" I wrote "Wishing Tree" after coming upon several such trees in the Bay Area (like this one in Port Costa, left). 

"A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make votive offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint or goddess fulfillment of a wish."

"Wishing Tree" is part autobiography and part wish for everyone to breakthrough oppression, be happy and free.
 Shot by Pint of Soul at Amado's in San Francisco in January, the song features Art Khu on piano, Kwame Copeland on dobro, and Kim Xuan Nguyen on bass. Let me know what you think, and please share!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Songwriters Deborah Crooks and Michael McNevin at The Lost Church Friday, February 17, 2017 7:30pm

A bright spot on the calendar this Friday, February 17, 2017, when I'll be doing a show at The Lost Church in San Francisco, with my friend, the imitable, and great, songwriter Michael McNevin. The show is also a celebration of our respective February birthdays, so we'll be playing songs covering the spectrum of our songwriting lives. We'll even have cake or pie (or both!) to celebrate that much more, and I'll be playing with a full band (yay!). Finally, we LOVE The Lost Church, one of San Francisco's best, intimate listening venues, and we LOVE YOU. Please join us (and save $5) by picking up tickets in advance! Your presence completes the evening. 
Tickets for $15 via tickefly HERE/$20 at the door. 
* I'll have a limited number of these awesome Nemo-designed posters, available for $5, as well. 
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

#ClimateFacts: People's Climate Movement 4/29 in DC

We resist.
We build.
We rise.

 April 29th 2017
 Washington DC
 March for jobs, justice and the climate. More info:

Notes from the Resistance re: #CLIMATEFACTS:

Senator Jeff MerkleyVerified account ‏@SenJeffMerkley 
Trump is trying to censor #ClimateFacts. He won't succeed. Follow @AltNatParkSer @rogueNASA & RT! #resist
Arctic sea ice has declined by more than 30% in the last 25 years #ClimateFacts
#ClimateChange affects fisheries, jobs, livelihoods. Get informed. #climatefacts

Solar industry created more jobs than oil and gas combined last year. Labor vs. climate is a false fight. @POTUS

More information and how to get involved: #ClimateFacts: You Can't Hold Science Back

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Heartened: Women's March Bay Area

I feel so heartened today, a day after the Women's March on...Everywhere. I participated in Oakland, along with 60-80,000 other people interested in peace, love, social justice, equal rights, black lives matter, the environment, acceptance, community, democracy and resisting the mandate of the new president. Wow! We lined up...and couldn't move for more than an hour, by that time, joining a re-routed bunch of marchers in downtown Oakland. Multi-cultural, men, women, children, peaceful, it was a day of renewed hope in humanity. And then coming home and watching the news reports of the millions of women all over the world participating andresisting. Wow! There's so much love! Wow, people DO have the power. Wow! Women are going to lead this. Let's go!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Today I mourn, tomorrow I march: "Another Test"

Sad day, this inauguration day. I woke up at 4am to a large thunderclap, a low cloud going over our house crackling lightning and thunder, and then a downpour. It felt ominous, and it's taken half a day for me to snap out of a dark mood. In the meantime, the music has gone on. Bay Station has played a couple of fun shows in the past week, and we just shared a song we wrote in response to Black Lives Matter more than a year ago. Today "Another Test" just feels that much more timely. Today I mourn, tomorrow I march.