Bay Station – Go Out And Make Some

National Release Date: March 8th, check  2016


California-based songwriters Deborah Crooks and Kwame Copeland hail from Alameda, erectile an island on the eastern shore of  San Francisco Bay, and the historic “Bay Station” rail stop from which they take their name. A landscape with rich coastal and geographical influences, just a short commute from downtown San Francisco, Alameda was once crisscrossed with thriving railroad lines and busy shipyards. Faded industry now giving rise to revitalization, it’s the shore upon which Bay Station is standing, the lense of their perspective, deeply reflected in their Americana crafted tunes. Drawing upon their collective literary chops and post-punk and twang tendencies, Crooks and Copeland released Your Own Reaction (under their former name, KCDC), a 10-song collection of Americana and rock, in 2014. Now with their follow-up recording, Go Out and Make Some (March 8th 2016) they hit their stride with a true melting pot of original Americana, blues, jazz and rock infused songs about love, lust, sandy beaches, dusty roads, wandering holy men, wolf birds and more. 

Deborah Crooks (vocals, principal lyricist) and Kwame Copeland (guitar, vocals, harmonica) co-produced Go Out and Make Some with Mike Stevens (Sun Kil Moon, The Uptones), who also served as mixing and recording engineer, and played drums. Andrew Gibson (bass), Steve Waters (guitar, backing vocals), round out the band. John Howland contributed slide guitar on some songs. The album was mastered by Ken Lee ( JJ Grey & Mofro, Bill Frisell). 

The title track, “Go Out And Make Some,” with it’s jangly rhythm and driving country beat, kicks off the album with the underlying theme: getting up, dusting yourself off and seizing the day after life has given you its latest round of the good, bad and ugly. Songs like the driving roots rock “Be Kind” and the ambling half spoken “Congratulations” are a reminder to celebrate being alive, and grateful at every turn.  The buoyant repeating guitar riff on “Another Mile,” gently surfs through a kaleidoscope of reflections on a relationship and the myriad of emotions it encompasses. It’s easy to see why Crooks vocal delivery and lyrical sensibility is often compared to Lucinda Williams, especially on the alt-country tune “Yes, Baby,” a lusty romp about being/falling headlong into youthful romance and how it trumps good sense. “Ajax Cafe” reflects upon the more basic truths of working as a musician; getting a gig!, drinks for the band! Pay the waiter! As well as respecting the wait staff and sound guy and all the folks who toil in the bar and restaurant biz.

In support of the new album, Crooks and Copeland will embark on a national tour in the spring of 2016, and in late summer via their sailboat on their “Love The Bay Tour II.”