Crooks Album Release Party Saturday Night at Antone’s
Dang, but it’s hard work making an album.
Now, any self-respecting musician would read that statement and probably have a blunt response: “Really? And it must be Obvious Day at Camp Stupid.” (Or something like that. Random Master Shake reference there.) But I caught a few glimpses behind the scenes of Austin band Crooks working diligently at the Good Dannys studio on their latest, The Rain Will Come. Producer Danny Reisch and the Crooks crew spent endless hours shaping the highly-anticipated 12-track country/rock collection, and the end result proves it was worth all the blood, sweat, tears and Lone Stars that went into every last bit.
The Rain Will Come stays true to the band’s rough-edged, grittier, darker take on Americana, jagged odes to hard-livin’ and hard drinkin’, dusty boots and lonesome, desolate trails. Vocalist and guitarist Josh Mazour nails it with hardcore twang. And at times, something heavy lingers in the air on a few of these song tales, a shady character or two – one false move and you’re done for.
Sam Alberts‘ horns on the album are the perfect addition to the spaghetti western-like atmosphere, with drummer Rob Bacak and upright bass player Andrew Van Voorhees on top of the two-steppin’ beats. You’ll also hear Warren Hood on fiddle, and spectacular accordion work by special guest performer Flaco Jimenez. Anthony Ortiz, Jr. will be joining the gents on accordion for their live shows.
Crooks decided that a party was in order to celebrate the album’s release, so they’re doing that Saturday night at Antone’s, 213 W. 5th St. Two more awesome bands are on the bill for the grand shindig: Wild Child and Wood & Wire. Doors open at 8 p.m. Triple bill delight on top of a great new album? Sign me up. This one comes highly recommended.