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Out Here

Rain. There is a bitter-sweet melancholia and exuberant joy that puddles around everything in a rainy Seattle winter. There is an internal conflict. Should one recklessly stomp through dark puddles, covering everything in grit and mud? Should one hunker down by a fire with a cup of dark coffee and a new vinyl treasure from the local record store? Or, merely smile at the gray, knowing that our verdancy depends on it and will inevitably follow?

In December 2012, we recorded our sophomore, full-length album entitled “Out Here.” It is dripping with rain and steeped in the stories we lived and heard while touring as a blue-collar band the last four years. There is seriousness in these songs, and there is hope too.

“Out Here” is our band’s record of the past four year’s excitement and challenges. It is our way of making sense of the places we saw, the people we met, and the stories we heard. The album title itself is shared by one of our songs that tells the story of a one-hundred year old homestead in the Montana prairies and the tale of the people that lived and died there as immigrant homesteaders. Another of our songs tells the story of friends that are fighting cancer and loss, and there is another that tells the story of the ones we leave behind when we take to the highway…

However dark the stories we heard, the common theme was always hope. “Things were hard, but they got better.” “The challenges we lived through and experienced improved us. Those rough times helped us appreciate the beauty and opportunity around us. They shaped us”

Musically, “Out Here” is a raw, roots-rock Americana record. Producer John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Brandi Carlisle, Nada Surf, Sleater-Kinney, The Posies) captured the live energy of our band, and the dynamic essence of our songs. “Out Here” was recorded at London Bridge Studios (Seattle) to analog tape, and it displays the warm edginess that is so characteristic of the classic Seattle sound. The songs were written collectively by all of Cody Beebe & The Crooks with additional arrangement by Jonathan Plum and additional writing by Tommy Simmons.

We were fortunate to have a wealth of incredible guest artists record on the album as well. All our guests are musicians we have performed live with, and we deeply respect their art and abilities. We would like to thank: Greg Floyd (guitar; Whiskey Syndicate), Fysah (vocals), Rl Heyer (guitar; True Spokes, Cracker Factory), Daniel Kamas (vocals), David Miner (tenor saxophone, horn arrangements), Skylar Mehal (guitar; Patrick Foster and The Locomotive), Tyler Paxton (harmonica, banjo), Tommy Simmons (vocals), Tim Snider (strings, electric fiddle), Andrew Vait (vocals; Eternal Fair), Pauline Wick (vocals; The Wicks), Steve O’Brien (trumpet)

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released May 7, 2013

Produced and Engineered by John Goodmanson, All music and lyrics by Cody Beebe & The Crooks: Cody Beebe, Aaron Myers, Joe Catron, Eric Miller, Chris Green, Brian Paxton, Preproduction and additional arrangement by Jonathan Plum, Assistant Engineering by Stephen Hogan

Additional Writing on "I'll Get Mine" by Tommy Simmons

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Cody Beebe & The Crooks Seattle, Washington

Seattle's Cody Beebe & The Crooks make rock music that is inspired by the frontier attitude of the American Heartland. When you hear their music, you hear the West's Americana roots, but it comes off with an unpretentious explosion true to their hometown's legendary rock and roll. After 6 years of relentless touring, CBC is bravely presenting innovative work with an honest, captivating story. ... more

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Track Name: Alleyway
Alleyway

When I run way, down that little alleyway
She starts crying like she has something to say
Look on her face, black makeup smeared
This is the day she has come to fear

When I’m gone, she spends the night all alone
But when I’m home, she gets me all for her own

Down deep in the state of Mississippi, I call her up
Been months since my last visit, and I’m pushin’ my luck
Pretty little thing that’s waiting on me as I run around
But I ain’t done yet, and I won’t slow down

When I’m gone, she spends her night all alone
But when I’m home, I keep her all for my own

There’s something that’s calling me late at night
Pulls me away, leaves tears in her eyes
When I sneak away, down that alleyway
She has nothing to do, and that’s the price we pay

When I’m gone, she spends the night all alone
When I’m home, I keep her all for my own
I keep her all for my own
Track Name: Hold the Line
Hold the Line

Yesterday I saw her playing there, mud upon her hands
She looks my way
Her innocence reflects the storm that lays across the land
And, there will come a day

That’s my little one that I love, that’s my little one
That’s my little one that I love, that’s my little one

Tell me again, pretty baby, about the wolves and the sheep
I will stand by my family as they’re surrounding me
Rising slow, I will hold steady
If they fall, I will hold the line
With all my might
‘Cause that’s my right

I’ve given all I have to give from these calloused hands
It’s not enough
No matter how hard I try I’m just one man
And times get tough

Now I fear for our safety
My girls, my home, my all
My faith in me is running short
So, I have to walk tall

Tell me again, speak softly
Live and let live and let us be
I will stand by my family
As they’re surrounding me

Rising slow, I will hold steady
If I fall, who will hold the line
With all their might?
‘Cause that’s my right

Those, the little ones that we love
Those, the little ones
Those, the little ones that we love
Those, my little ones

Rising slow
Will I hold steady?
If he falls, will I walk the line?
Is that my right?
Is that my right?
Track Name: Never Too Young
Never Too Young

You’re afraid of what you can’t say
A second chance, you do it the same way
Holding back and pushing forth on a neutral train
It’s all a part of life, who are you to complain?

You’re only as old as you wish to admit
You say you’re tired, tired of the same old shit

How much will you take?
The planet spins and the earth still quakes
You’re never too young to break

So, clear your mind and muster up the strength
Life goes fast, not matter what its length
You’re digging deep, you find yourself in a hole
With two clear options, you must choose which way to go

You’re only as young as you feel inside
You’re far from perfect, but God knows you tried

How much will you take
When you lose much more than you make?
The planet spins and the earth still quakesYou’re never too young to break
Track Name: Circle
Circle

Tell me if you’re in the circle, why you gotta get away
Take me when you run for cover, I take back everything

The conversation’s useless when you can’t stand to talk
You’ve worn out your welcome, and I’m about to walk
To graze in greener pastures
This just makes more sense
Now I’m headed out that door
I’m about to jump the fence

Take just one good look and then I’m gone
West, with the setting sun
Out of time, I’m overcome
I said goodbye, and now I’m on the run
Now I’m on the run
Now I’m on the run

So batten down those hatches, the storm is rolling in
You won’t outrun the wake that’s left, those demons in your head
Afraid of love, too blind to see
What’s standing right in front of me
I’m gone and
Now you’re moving on

Take just one good look and then you’re gone
Suddenly, I find myself alone
Out of time, I’m overcome
You said goodbye, now you’re on the run

So, tell me if you’re in the circle, why you gotta get away?
Take me when you run for cover, I’ll take back everything
Here’s another chance I hope you’ll take, I won’t even hesitate
You’re gone, and now I’m moving on

Take just one good look and then I’m gone
Leaving here, all on my own
I’m out of time, with all I’ve overcome
I take just one good look and then I’m gone
You said goodbye, now you’re on your own

I said goodbye, now I’m on the run
Now I’m on the run
Now I’m on the run

The conversation’s useless when you can’t stand to talk
Track Name: Dangerous ft. Fysah
Dangerous

You’re dangerous like the first day of spring, and
I’m caught up in the rush before I recall what that means
Dreams tempt our memory towards disregard
Could things have been different?
Would things have gone this far?

Underneath there is a man that strives against a false myth, and
I won’t be sorry I’ve found the woman to do that with

You say you live without regret
You’ve never met one you can’t forget, but
Available ain’t open and
Lettin’ ain’t lovin’ in the least

You’re dangerous like paradise in the autumn of the witch
Like shotguns, cigarettes, dirt roads, and a whisky ditch

Truth is bitter when temptation is sweet
Tonight I’d get into a lifetime of greed, but

Underneath there is a man that strives against a false myth and
I won’t be sorry I’ve found the woman to do that with
Available ain’t open and lettin’ ain’t lovin’ in the least
If I leave our lust waiting, respect wins our release

Today, I ride away down a clouded path and
Leave you there wondering which time will be our last
Battered between ecstasy and a scream,
We leave our lust waiting, forever unseen

You’re dangerous as a last word goodbye
Like dry lightning across the prairie sky
You’re dangerous like the first day of spring
You’re dangerous
I’m dangerous

Underneath there is a man that strives against the false myth, and
I won’t be sorry I’ve found the woman to do that with
Available ain’t open and lettin’ ain’t lovin’ in the least

If we leave our lust waiting, respect wins our release
Track Name: Out Here
Out Here

Frank Petr left them girls all alone
Not a penny to spend, the prairie’s dry as a bone
Tired of potatoes and them rattlesnakes
The children gotta go to work because we do what it takes
Out Here

We might get a lamb for Christmas
With the money we get from our crop
Ain’t a lot out there worth a whole lot more
We’re sod bustin’, homesteading, little dirt poor

My brother’s off to war; I work all day
When you’re eight years old, room and board is good pay
I miss my mom, my sisters, and my old dog
But, a hungry little child will find a job
Out Here

We might get a ham this Christmas
With the cash that we get from our crop
Ain’t a lot out there worth a whole lot more
We’re sod bustin’, homesteading, little dirt poor
Out Here

Years later, we return – just us two
To a one-room shack West of the Illiad school
Can’t believe we did it, old friend
Damn right we did it, and we’d do it again
Out Here

We might get a lamb for Christmas
With the money that we get from the crop
Ain’t a lot out there worth a whole lot more
We’re sod bustin’, homesteading, little dirt poor

Frank Petr left them girls all alone
Not a penny to spend, the prairie’s dry as a bone
Out Here
Track Name: Bitter Run
Bitter Run

Everyone’s wondering what is on your mind

Everyone’s leaving here, some before their time
The look in your eye says you’re on your knees
I wish I had the words, I’d say anything

The bitter run will leave you dry
The bitter run is gonna lead you on

As the cool dust flies
It’ll take you by surprise
As the cool dust flies
It’s gonna lead you home

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
It’s a bitter run we’ve taken, taken all on trust
We’re only flesh and bone and our veins will rust
If our heart is a time bomb, the question is love

The bitter run will get you high
The bitter run is gonna lead you home

As the cool dust flies
It’ll take you by surprise
As the cool dust flies
It’s gonna lead you home

As the cool dust flies
It’s gonna lead us home
Track Name: I'll Get Mine
I’ll Get Mine

You say you got what I need, but you won’t give it to me
You say you want my soul, but baby you know that you won’t get it for free
You’re just a slithering snake, so coil up in that bed you’ve made
You’re cold-blooded but baby there ain’t nothing that be warming up that ice in your veins

Momma said there’d be people just like you
But you’re not worth the battles I pick and choose

Karma’s a bitch and she’ll get you every time
So you’ll get yours and I’ll get mine

You forget I am the one, with the unloaded gun, but
While you’re high on your horse all the bullets you shoot, they give me ammunition
Just a vulture up in that tree, staring back down at me
You float up high in the sky, come down and peck my hide, but I am far from dead meat

Poppa said there’d be people just like you

But you’re not worth the battles I pick and choose

Karma’s a snitch and she’ll get you every time
So you’ll get yours, and I’ll get mine
Poke me with needles, prick by prick by prick
That’s just gonna make my skin leather thick

Karma’s a bitch, and she’ll get you every time
So you’ll get yours, and I’ll get mine
Poke me with needles, prick by prick by prick
That’s just gonna make my skin leather thick
Track Name: Anvil
Anvil

It would have happened the same
I was born on the Anvil of Shame
Hours seduced by regret
I want to be numb, but I feel yet
I want to be numb, but I feel yet

I was formed on the Anvil of Shame
So I stir a Lion to game

Three deep breaths, and I’m not dead yet
Three deep breaths, and I’m not dead yet
Three deep breaths, and I’m not dead
I’m not dead yet

Fear, be the fire that drags me on
Here’s the key to glory and greed
Up on a wire comfort comes so slow
You rise above when there’s nowhere left to go

I refused to speak the Prayer of the Prey
So I became a beast today
Fangs stretch through my cheek
The taste of blood swallows me
The taste of blood swallows me
I’m a blood drenched man
I shred his neck its neck with my newborn hands
I’m a blood drenched man

I shred his neck with my newborn hands
I shred his neck with my newborn hands
Three deep breaths, and I’m not dead yet
Three deep breaths, and I’m not dead yet
Three deep breaths, and I’m not dead

I’m not dead yet

Fear, be the fire that drags me on
Here’s the key to glory and greed
Up on a wire comfort comes so slow
You rise above when there’s nowhere left to go
Track Name: Sweep
Sweep

Today I wake
I hope and pray for better weather
What tomorrow brings
I’m hoping it’s good or better

The clouds up in the sky, still collide, they’ll still be there tonight
And tomorrow’s a gift, I hope you get it, I hope you realize

Sweep time under the rug
Life is such a beautiful drug
Nothing is really wrong
I belong

Get your head out of the clouds
It’s time to wake up now
Are you jaded by the weight of the world?
Or do you think you got it figured out?

The stars up in the sky, still collide, they’ll still be there tonight
And tomorrow’s a gift, I hope they get it, I hope they realize

Sweep time under the rug
Life is such a powerful drug
Nothing is really wrong
Except I belong
I belong
Track Name: Counting Sheep
Counting Sheep

The less I bear this heavy load
Upon my back it takes its toll
The road is steep and rough
Full of rocks and sticks and bumps

And I…
I need you sleep

Counting sheep
Focus, breathe deep

Living on coffee and cigarettes
A stack of bills I ain’t paid yet
When will I get some rest?

I could not feel more alone
A heavy heart and broken home
Tell your momma I give her my best, and
Send that kid all I have left

I’m off to sleep
These hours, these hours I keep
Counting sheep
Focus, breathe deep

Stay with me
Ignoring the hours in front of the others
Still I see
A faith in the power, but I can’t rest now
Stay with me
Hold me under this blissful slumber

These hours that I keep
But still I can’t sleep
Counting sheep
Focus, breathe deep

Alas, I bear this heavy load
Upon my back it takes its toll

Counting Sheep