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Seattle, WA
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Portrait of Cody Beebe and The Crooks
Cody Beebe and the Crooks are a 7-piece, Roots Rock band from Seattle, WA. Formed in February of 2009, the group combines Beebe's aggressively percussive acoustic guitar style with the diverse musical experience of a strikingly creative and cultured band. Cody Beebe and the Crooks blend rock, blues, and country with an artistic integrity that is intriguing and unforgettable (think Steve Earle meets Pink Floyd.)

Cody Beebe of Selah, Washington began his singer/songwriter career in 2004 when his song Remember My Name received honorable mention in the VH1 Save the Music Foundation songwriting contest, and, in 2007, his songs were featured on the syndicated Fox television show, Jackson Horn. Guitarist Greg Floyd of Marysville, Washington and Beebe began playing as an acoustic duet in 2008, and the duet became a trio when Beebe's longtime friend and Selah native Joe Catron added his vivacious hand drumming and percussion. Later, yet another Selah native Tyler Paxton converted the trio to a quartet with his multi-talented and multi-instrumental approach to music.

After graduating from Washington State University and moving from Pullman to Seattle (2009) hoping to gain exposure, the group began seeking a bigger sound. Chris Green of Federal Way, WA, who recorded drums and performed with Beebe in support of both solo albums, was an easy first choice for the group to give their gritty acoustic sound a more full-band feel. Likewise, two of Floyd's former college band mates, guitarist-turned-bassist Eric Miller of Lynnwood, WA, and pianist Aaron Myers of Big Sandy, MT came on-board to complete The Crooks.

Their first collective offering, Friends of the Old Mill, was recorded at Seattles London Bridge Studio in 2010 with legendary producer and engineer Jonathan Plum (Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Blind Melon, Candlebox, Queensryche). The bands philosophy in recording the album was to convey the dynamic energy of their live performances while maintaining a stylish, polished sound. Tracked to analog tape and mixed on London Bridge Studios vintage analog console, Friends of the Old Mill is an excellent display of the band's timeless, honest approach to writing, recording, and performing their music.

Cody Beebe and the Crooks have performed with acts including: Josh Turner, Jason Reeves, Rooney, Afroman, Ari Hest, Carey Judd, The Drew Davis Band, This Providence, Tonic, Handful of Luvin', Randy Rogers Band, Little River Band, and Massey Ferguson. Currently unsigned, the band is independently touring throughout the United States.

Its great to hear young guys making music like this.
-Alan White, Drummer -- YES, Plastic Ono Band, Ginger Bakers Airforce

"They nearly blew the roof off the joint with their energetic, highly charged roots-rock assault."
-Chris Senn, Melophobe.com

"It's great to hear young guys making music like this."
-Alan White, Drummer for YES

Cody Beebe (lead vocals, acoustic guitar)
Joe Catron (percussion)
Greg Floyd (guitar)
Chris Green (percussion, vocals)
Eric Miller (bass guitar, vocals)
Aaron Myers (keys/vocals)
Tyler Paxton (harmonica, banjo, vocals)
 
 
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