Crooks called it: in 2012, the Austin band was promising that The Rains Will Come. Lo and behold, one of the wettest years in memory. Let’s hope their new album Wildfire isn’t as predictive environmentally. Instead, it could point towards the band’s renewed energy after years of touring. Josh Mazour formed the group as a two-piece in 2007 before bringing in an accordion, trumpets, and percussion. Crooks are nominally a country band but with a blend of conjunto and rock that would make Doug Sahm proud.
Wildfire burns brighter than The Rains Will Come, more accurately capturing the band’s frenetic live energy. Mazour based the explosive “Fork In The Road” around Yogi Berra’s infamous Yogiism, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The band members recently followed that advice, giving up full-time jobs for a life on the road. Crooks kick off tomorrow with a free in-store at Waterloo Records at 5 p.m. Their Studio 1A version of “Fork In The Road” is a phenomenal send-off, and you can download the song below. Also, you can find out more about their Artist Of The Month features here.