If ever you want to know about life on the road, Crooks would be the band to school you. Touring for them is essential, and it’s also hard work that can drain a lot out of one’s soul, along with any shred of optimism you may have remaining, after endless grueling hours and lack of sleep.
However, these very talented gents make it all worthwhile by giving their fans one hell of a show, and you clearly see they have so much fun doing it. Vocalist and guitarist Josh Mazour is at the helm, leading a frenzy of percussion and drums, one fast and furious upright bass, mighty blaring trumpets, and one smokin’ accordion. No exaggeration. Anthony Ortiz, Jr. has been known to jump out into the crowds and floor them with finger-flying mariachi-style solos.
It’s that boundless energy, combined with a touch of that unsettling atmospheric echo of a spaghetti Western, plus Crooks’ experiences on the road – the good, the bad, and the ugly, that all fuel the grit and gristle of Wildfire. Their new album was released this week, and they’re partying in style with a big release show tonight at the Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. Also on the bill are El Paso country-rockers The Dirty River Boys, and songwriter Carson McHone.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m. Get there early to see them all. So recommended it hurts.
– Photography by Alexandra Valenti.