Cody Beebe & The Crooks – Summer 2011+ Playing last show as 7-piece September 23, 2011 @ Neumos w/ Hot Bodies in Motion + Ben Union
After spending the summer on the road, crisscrossing the country, playing countless shows, adding somewhere around eleven thousand miles to the odometer and passing through twenty-four of the forty-eight continental United States, Cody Beebe & The Crooks return home to rock Neumos on September 23rd. Of course they have sandwiched many more shows between now and then – including one more small little cross country jaunt out to New York to play Albany’s Larkfest.
Cody Beebe & The Crooks’ eclectic sound has helped them grow a large fan base around the Northwest. The 4th of July show at Seely Lake in Montana was an early tour highlight. After that, the band took off east. On their way to the coast they played a show in Bloomington, IN, a town far removed from their fan base in the Northwest and not exactly known for a thriving music scene. They went from playing to a couple thousand in Montana to a couple in Indiana. I’m sure this couple was dancing along to the music but the audience was a bit smaller than the band was hoping for.
On the East Coast they rocked the Capitol, played the Bus Stop in Pittman, NJ which is quickly becoming a favorite (they’re rocking the joint again in mid-September) and played two shows in one night in Greenwich Village, where Dylan, Simon and Buckley gained a following and launched their careers. Cody said that he could almost feel the history in the air. After New York they turned the van around and headed back west playing shows in Colorado, Taos, New Mexico and the Hotel Cafe in L.A. before swinging up north. A gig opening up for Jimmie Vaughan and Buddy Guy in Roseburg, OR followed along with a spot on the lineup for the Summer Meltdown Festival in Darrington.
Along the way the band also worked hard on promoting their single, “Waiting On You” to radio stations across the country. It seems their hard work paid off. The campaign is successful beyond all expectations. As I type this “Waiting On You” is sitting at number 66 and rising on the AAA radio charts.
When the band finally did return to the Northwest the van was a little lighter. The band has mutually parted ways with guitarist Greg Floyd and wish him nothing but the best. Multi-instrumentalist Ty Paxton will also be leaving the band to be with his fiancée and find a path for his life that is more aligned with immediate priorities. The band states: “Both Greg and Ty are something like brothers to us, and we know that they will find happiness and success in whatever path they choose. They are great men, and we wish them all the best. That said, we will always miss playing with them and having them with us in our travels and on stage.”
The show on September 23rd at Neumos will be Cody Beebe & The Crooks’ final show as a seven-piece band. They are ending one chapter and opening a new one, moving forward as a five-piece. The band plans to play a few shows here and there and write new material over the last few months of the year.
The Neumos show is not a show to miss. Cody Beebe & The Crooks rock hard and give it their all each time out, seven-piece, five-piece or other. Hot Bodies in Motion and Ben Union open.
by Chris Senn