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I was really happy with the show(s)* on Sunday. The gas pedal has been kind of stuck on so pauses have been few BUT, I’d be remiss in not reiterating how much I enjoyed sharing a gig with Grace Woods and Festizio, who were joys to work with (as well as pros and wonderful artists), see friends familiar and dear and play songs new and old with my band. I love the folks I’ve been playing with this year and how they’ve helped me develop my tunes. I’m a walking Cafe Gratitude board game about it. If you weren’t there, you can hear, and procure, the results of our labor “It’s All Up To You” at iTunes or Cdbaby.

*Grace and I (backed by Kwame and Tatiana) did a warm up set at Nomad Cafe earlier in the day on Sunday before heading to SF. A bird showed up amid our brunch time set. There was also deluge right in the middle of “Adding Water to the Ashes” which seemed kind of prophetic. (Later, at Red Devil, it rained so hard the green room flooded.)

“Blues a healer /The blues a healer, all over the world, all over the world /Hmm
Lord, Lord, Lord /Blues a healer, all over the world, all over the world /Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord /Healed me, healed, healed, healed /It healed me /It healed me, to heal me /Can heal you, can heal you, heal you, if you let it ” –John Lee Hooker

Deborah Crooks
Deborah Crooks (www.DeborahCrooks.com) is a writer, performing songwriter and recording artist based in San Francisco whose lyric driven and soul-wise music has drawn comparison to Lucinda Williams, Chrissie Hynde and Natalie Merchant.

Singing about faith, love and loss, her lyrics are honed by a lifetime of writing and world travel while her music draws on folk, rock, Americana and the blues. She released her first EP "5 Acres" in 2003 produced by Roberta Donnay, which caught the attention of Rocker Girl Magazine, selecting it for the RockerGirl Discoveries Cd. In 2007, she teamed up with local producer Ben Bernstein to complete "Turn It All Red" Ep, followed by 2008's "Adding Water to the Ashes" CD, and a second full-length CD "2010. She's currently working on a third CD to be released in 2013.

Deborah's many performance credits include an appearance at the 2006 Millennium Music Conference, the RockerGirl Magazine Music Convention, IndieGrrl, at several of the Annual Invasion of the GoGirls at SXSW in Austin, TX, the Harmony Festival and 2009's California Music Fest, MacWorld 2010, Far West Fest and many other venues and events. She toured the Northwest as part "Indie Abundance Music, Money & Mindfulness" (2009) with two other Bay Area artists, and followed up with "The Great Idea Tour of the Southwest in March 2010 with Jean Mazzei.
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