I met Tommy Keene around 1997, but it wasn’t until we re-met by chance 11 years later that I really got to know him.  You can hear Tommy’s side of the story here, but in short, the conversation turned to us talking about struggling to find a bass player to do our upcoming UK tour (opening for The Wedding Present), to which Tommy straight away said, “I’ll do it!”

We were at a bar, but it wasn’t just bar talk – he meant it.

We took him on that tour in December 2008, and he went on to become our on-going touring bass player (with killer backing vocals, naturally) for the next few years. As you can see/hear in the video below, he kicked as much ass on four strings as he did on six.  He said he really enjoyed the excuse to switch to bass, (especially when I offered up my 1975 Rickenbacker for his use, which he ran through a fuzz pedal for extra cojones).

In this TK-fueled power trio format, we did a couple of mid-west ‘headlining’ runs in 2009 and then opened for Ted Leo & The Pharmacists on their West coast tour in 2010. We also toured as opener for Tommy’s band a couple of times, including the Three Ring Power Pop Circus that was the Tommy Keene / Doug Gillard Electric / Sally Crewe tour of 2011.

Much like Doug, Tommy was always incredibly supportive of my music. He took every opportunity he got to introduce people to it, be it via guest posts for magazines, playing my songs on the radio and in clubs, or when asked in interviews to recommend artists people might not have heard.  Despite the vast weight of his talents and legacy, he never made me feel anything less than a peer.   Although he would tell me off for not changing my guitar strings regularly enough… (he has a point).

In whatever capacity, he was always a blast to travel with, and always had some hilarious story on hand. He was also one of the sweetest and funniest people I’ve had the pleasure to know, and George and mine’s daily language has been littered with Tommy-isms for years now, with no sign of stopping.

We (thankfully) went to see him open for Matthew Sweet in Austin this past July. We bar-hopped a bit with him after the show and then brought him and his suitcase back home with us, for an overnight respite from road life. We sat outside in our back garden until the early hours, talking, drinking, laughing, and entertaining Stanley (our dog).  Tommy lay down on the grass, looked up at the stars, and smoked a few cigarettes. I think we packed it in around 3am.

We let him sleep late the next day (a luxury on tour), I made him two cups of tea, and we exchanged hugs and I love yous before George drove him back to the Holiday Inn to slot back into tour life.

Anyone who knows what introverts we both are will know how much it means when I say that Tommy was always a very welcome house guest and even a welcome late-night phone caller, the last of which we received on 10/10, when he called to apologize that he wouldn’t be able to make it to our wedding after all. We told him not to worry and said we’d go visit him to LA in the Spring and have a do-over, a West Coast Edition wedding, to which he replied “Yeah, baby!!!”

As we hung up, something made me tell him “We love you, Tommy!”

I’m so glad I did.

Tommy, we love you and we’ll miss you a ton. Thanks for everything. And yes, I’ll change my guitar strings before every show from now on, I promise.



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New album out today!

by Sally on September 22, 2015

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‘Later Than You Think’ single, and album pre-rder

July 16, 2015

It’s record time!!!  So without further ado, here is the first single from ‘Later Than You Think’. You can download this song instantly when you pre-order the album (out Sept 22nd), either on vinyl (with download code) or in digital form. Later Than You Think by Sally Crewe

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Long time no type

July 2, 2015

Good news – my day job and I parted ways, so now I’m a full-time music maker (along with a couple of other things that will actually pay the bills…) But this does mean we’ll be doing a bit more touring and also putting out records more frequently, the first of which is coming out […]

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New album in the works!

February 27, 2015

I’m delighted to announce that the next Sally Crewe album is in the works! We have been busy recording with Louie Lino at Resonate, here in Austin, TX. The album will be coming out on September 1st, 2015, on VINYL (plus digital download, of course). We don’t have a title yet, but we do have […]

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‘Back at the Bar’ out today!

May 13, 2014

The new EP is out today!   It’s available on iTunes, Amazon and from our own Bandcamp store, (the latter being the only place you can pick up a limited edition physical CD). The day began with this review from Vinyl District: Graded on a Curve: Sally Crewe,“Back at the Bar” EP By Joseph Neff | […]

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Limited Edition Pre-Order Available Now

May 5, 2014

We have 100 copies of the new EP available for pre-order.  $7 including shipping.  The CDs will ship on release day next Tuesday (May 13th), but your purchase entitles you to an immediate digital download of all 5 tracks. Find out more here! :  http://sallycrewe.bandcamp.com/album/back-at-the-bar

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New Record in a Few Weeks!

April 17, 2014

The new record, a 5-song EP, is coming out on May 13th (Sally’s birthday).  It will be available on Bandcamp and iTunes.  In addition, a limited number of physical copies will be available for mail order.  Watch this space.

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SXSW show confirmed

February 26, 2014

Me and the band are playing at the Blurt Magazine day party on Thursday 13th March.  It’s free!  No badges, wristbands, etc. required.  We’re closing out the night at half past midnight (I know, I know, that’s technically Friday… music listing rules make it Still Thursday).  Playing right before us at 11:50pm is Doug Gillard, […]

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New music soon

September 1, 2013

We have just booked studio time to mix our new EP, which we recorded over the summer at Jim Eno’s Public Hi-Fi studio here in Austin.  I would love to put this one out on vinyl, but no release details are locked down yet.

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Making Plans For Nigel

March 9, 2013

When I rescued a stripey stray kitten in 2007, George and I decided to call him Nigel, after the XTC song (and also to ensure he knew he was English).  He survived a house fire in 2009, and my following 6 changes in temporary address within a 9 month period, without a scratch.  Photos and videos […]

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Meet us at Austin’s coolest bar

January 24, 2013

Hello, friends!  We’re playing at The Sahara Lounge on Feb 6th.  We have some new songs to play for you, and Louie Lino will be joining us on keyboards.  Set times and opening band info coming soon.

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You can call it a comeback if you like

October 9, 2012

It seems unbelievable to me that the last Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves show was over a year ago.  Time flies!  But despite not playing live (in this band, at least), it’s been a productive and busy year.  I moved house, played a lot of drums, sang on a !!! (Chk Chk Chk) recording, broke […]

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Join me next Saturday to talk about music and food

November 6, 2011

I’m speaking on a panel next Saturday (12th), along with some of Austin’s most prominent women of rock! My panel is about staying healthy on the road, something I have a lot of experience in as a touring musician with food allergies (which led me to also become a certified holistic nutritionist last year), but […]

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Transmit/Receive – “everything a power pop album should be”

August 21, 2011

http://powerpopoverdose.blogspot.com/2011/08/sally-crewe-sudden-moves.html Austin Texas based Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves have done it again. Transmit​/​Receive is everything a Power Pop album should be, winning hooks and crunchy guitars that compliment electrifying vocals and smart songwriting. The energy and impact of the music is felt full force starting with “Make Me Stay” and continuing through this […]

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First ‘Transmit/Receive’ review!

August 19, 2011

From Powerpopaholic: Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves “Transmit/Receive”EP Even power pop legend Tommy Keene compared Sally Crewe to female rockers Chrissie Hynde and Polly Harvey. The comparison is quite accurate, as her vocals are powerful and very melodic, and the opener “Make Me Stay” is a riff heavy classic. Crewe is based in Austin, […]

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International Pop Overthrow Festival, Austin, TX

August 9, 2011

We’re headlining the second night (Sat, Oct 1st) of International Pop Overthrow (IPO) Austin, the first IPO to be held in Austin!  The line-up on our night is: 7:30 Shane Bartell 8:15 Buzzie 9:00 Blue Cartoon 9:45 Ron Flynt 10:30 Sparkwood 11:15 Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves It’s happening at The Beauty Bar, 617 […]

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Free unreleased track – ‘Living Like You’ve Got Forever’

August 1, 2011

Our new EP, ‘Transmit/Receive’, is out on Aug 30th.  It was co-written with our pal Doug Gillard, who also helped out on guitar.  Here’s track 3, ‘Living Like You’ve Got Forever’: Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves – ‘Living Like You’ve Got Forever’ Following the CD’s release, we head straight out on tour with Doug […]

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Unreleased new song for free download on Monday!

July 28, 2011

It’s just about one month before the official release of The Best Sudden Moves Record So Far (aka, ‘Transmit/Receive’). The 5-song EP comes out on Aug 30th, but you don’t have to wait that long to have a taste of it!  This coming Monday, Aug 1st, we’re giving away track 3, ‘Living Like You’ve Got […]

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WFMU session coming up

July 27, 2011

We’re looking forward to visiting Joe Belock at WFMU for his Three Chord Monte show on September 8th, from noon ’til 3pm. http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/TM Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves return to WFMU with a new release, the “Transmit/Receive” EP, and a new lead guitarist, the legendary Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Death of Samantha, etc.) […]

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Tour kick-off/CD release show in Austin

July 27, 2011

We’re opening for The Moaners at Red 7 on Saturday, Sept 3rd.  We leave on tour the next day, so this is technically the first date of the tour except we’ll sleep in our own beds (in theory).  It will also, unless you went to your local independent record retailer, be your first chance to […]

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Transmit + Receive

July 27, 2011

We were lucky enough to be granted permission by artist Tim Crowder to use one of his amazing paintings for the sleeve of our upcoming EP.  The painting, created in oil, enamel and embroidery on paper, is called ‘Transmit + Receive’, and I found out about it having already decided to call our upcoming EP […]

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First airplay for new EP

July 1, 2011

‘Living Like You’ve Got Forever’, a track from our upcoming ‘Transmit/Receive’ EP (released Aug 30th), kicked off BBC Radio’s ‘BBC Introducing’ show tonight in the UK.  The show is streaming on the BBC site for the next 7 days.  Skip past the local news to about 4:10 to hear the song! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00hjv7z

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FREE new song coming soon

June 24, 2011

Our new E.P., ‘Transmit/Receive’, will be released on August 30th. To celebrate, we’ll be giving away one of the tracks in early August. Watch this space.

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Austin show 6/16 with Moonlight Towers

June 17, 2011

We’re playing Stubb’s on Thursday June 16th. Just the two bands to keep it early for a school night. We are on at 10, Towers at 11.

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Judgment Day cometh, we shall rocketh!

May 16, 2011

We’re playing Emo’s in our hometown, Austin, this coming Saturday. Saturday is May 21st, the day some people believe will be Judgment Day. (Don’t worry, it’s just like waiting to see if you got into SXSW – nothing’s going to happen until the end of the world in October). Support comes from fellow Austinites My […]

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New E.P. with Doug Gillard

May 10, 2011

Our upcoming 5 song E.P., ‘Transmit/Receive’, is currently being mastered! Release details will be available soon. The songs are: 1. Make Me Stay 2. Punk Rock Kid 3. Living Like You’ve Got Forever 4. Back Again 5. It’s Only Love Tracks 1-4 were co-written with Doug Gillard, who also added guitar and backing vocals to […]

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Septemeber tour

May 10, 2011

We’re delighted to announce we are hitting the road in September, along with our good pals and musical associates, Tommy Keene and Doug Gillard Electric! Tommy will have a brand new album out by then and we will have our new E.P. (see above). Doug will join us on the tour on guitar and George […]

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SXSW action

March 4, 2011

We’re playing twice during Austin’s annual SXSW festivities, and both times are FREE, no SXSW badge/wristband required. We hope you can make it out! The Doug Gillard Electric are also on the same bill as us both days, and George is playing drums for them. I think I’ve talked Doug into joining us for a […]

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The Cars are back! And they’re stealing our art!

February 25, 2011

Popmatters just informed me that one of my all time favourite bands, The Cars, are releasing their first new album in 24 years.  And on Matt’s birthday, no less (and 3 days before mine). Woot. What’s weird, though, is their album sleeve and the video for the single both contain some visuals that are eerily […]

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