"...a more diverse take on Americana with a distinctly female tone, and quite charming." — East Bay Express
"Deborah Crooks makes the case for a return to the roots of rock"- Consequence of Sound
"Deborah Crooks’ vocals are wonderfully natural and earthy,
characteristic of the Americana genre, with a unique songwriting style that is
deeply descriptive." — Grammy winner Wouter Kellerman
"Little Bird is not an album that
can be defined by one sound or label. It is quite simply smart and
engaging music." — RockWired Magazine
Born and raised in rural area of California, Deborah grew up surrounded by nature, but close enough to San Francisco to be influenced by the city’s history of social, musical and political upheaval. Her lyric-driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock, and Americana and is often compared to Lucinda Williams and The Cowboy Junkies. Venturing into everything from funk and reggae to rock and blues, her expansive and eclectic sound has evolved over her years earning an Environmental Studies degree at UC Santa Cruz; studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO; voice and yoga in Mysore, India, and cowriting and collaborating with her Bay Area peers. She’s released several CDs and EPs of critically noted original music, including the acclaimed 2013 release, Little Bird (produced by Art Khu"). She again worked with Khu on 2016's 7-song CD, Beauty Everywhere.
Regularly performing regionally and throughout the US, her music has appeared the PBS Series Road Trip Nation and several compilations including the Songwriters From the Fog Compilation V1, as well as national radio. She's currently recording a new 11-song collection The Department of the West to be released in the fall of 2019.
Along with her solo work, she cofounded the band Bay Station and its "Love the Bay" Music & Sailing video serieswith Kwame Copeland; contributes prose and poetry to Deborah Slater Dance Theatre; has led writing groups and spoken about songwriting and creativity at Macworld and SXSW. A life-long writer, her writing has appeared in many publications including No Depression, The Sun, Common Ground, and “The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Enlightenment.”