Read, Eat & Listen: Ice Melts and Pickle Shops to a Yuba City Musician


Read: I’ve been horrified and riveted to all the sobering news about the Arctic Ice Melt. Here’s one from The Atlantic: The Mystery at the Heart of This Year’s Record-Setting Arctic Ice Melt. PS: Save the Arctic

Eat: Despite my childhood aversion, I’ve come to love kim chi and sauerkraut, and have taken to eat it regularly. Cultured Pickle Shop in Berkeley, makes many creative and delicious variations of the standard cabbage mix and sells it by the wonderful jarful. It’s not really cheap, especially if you eat it like I do.

Recently, I had a bit of a kim chi test kitchen going. A lot of chopping and now some kitchen shelf steeping. It looks good. It smells good. We’ll see how it tastes tomorrow.
Listen: Just got turned onto Charlie Peacock via NoiseTrade, a Yuba City native whose gone on to have a hand in producing a lot of other folks. Hard to categorize–singer/songwriter meets jazz artist meets gospel.

Deborah Crooks
Deborah Crooks ( 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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