TAS CRU

 American Bluesman

 

SPECIAL NEWS

Tas is thrilled to become a mentor artist for United By Music North America. 

This is a great honor and continues Tas' love for teaching the Blues!

 

Hittin’ The Note is known as “getting down to the Roots, the Source, the Truth of the Music…”
 
For TAS CRU, after 5 albums and miles of performing, he found his spot with “You Keep The Money”, which ended the year at #3 between Buddy & Shemeka. It was followed by 2016’s Blues Music Award Nominated “Simmered & Stewed”

and continued with 2018’s critically acclaimed “Memphis Song”. 

 

The journey is not over as Tas is working toward a Fall release for his newest all-original album, “Drive On”.
 

For TAS CRU it begins with the song, and he has proven already with 93 originals, 1 remake over 8 albums.


Tas' music has been called "raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky & outright irreverent and  Bruce Iglauer, founder & president of Alligator Records has called Tas "a rare real writer."

Tas can perform for your audience as a solo up to a 7-piece tour d'force.

 

MORE THAN A PERFORMANCE

Tas is available to give workshops on the following:

  • Keeping The Blues Alive Award honored Blues Education Programs can be tailored to your needs

  • Guitar Performance

  • Songwriting Do's & Don't 

 

When it comes to organizing and creating a successful Jam, there are few better than Tas Cru

 

WHAT THEY HAVE SAID

LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE
Lee Zimmerman
The fact that Cru composed these dozen songs, not only underscores his credibility and competence...

ultimately it's the very thing that provides Memphis Song with such a resonant refrain.

BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE
Michael Cote
...once again delivers a batch of original songs demonstrating his versatility as a singer, guitarist and songwriter -

a triple threat in any genre.

PAUL E BENJAMIN 
I have worked with Tas on a number of festivals I produce. Tas always puts on a great show and is professional and easy to work with. 

You cannot go wrong with Tas Cru!

BLUES SOCIETY OF WESTERN PA 
Jonnye Weber
Tas Cru is the ultimate professional from start to finish. He delivers what has been promised…

His attention to details makes one breathe a sigh of relief. His demeanor is refreshing. 

 

BILLTOWN BLUES FEST
Bonnie Tallman
Tas delivers 100% on stage with his thoughtful selection of material, his ear catching arrangements,

his skillful guitar work and vocals, and his tasteful interaction with his audience.  Tas was a joy to  work with from beginning to end!   

 

LIGHTHOUSE BLUES FEST
Rick Clarke
… we look forward to their return!

 

THE WHISKEY REBELLION
Lee Stivers
I found working with Tas Cru to be a dream: professional, polite and completely passionate about the music. 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL BIO INFORMATION

Tas Cru is based out of upstate New York and performs in multiple formats ranging from
solo acoustic to a 7 piece-backing band. He sings and plays a wide variety of guitars - at
home on either electric, acoustic, resonator or cigar box.

 

In his early bands, Tas was introduced to the great Sun Records sound and the country
blues that later served as a counterpoint to the rock-blues he idolized as did so many
young aspiring guitar players of his time. Cru grew up in a very musical and generally
unquirky family (except for him).

Unlike his talented brother and sisters, he did not
pursue music in school. A brief attempt to play the trombone abruptly ended after being
kicked by his 7th grade music teacher who’s name actually was A (alden) Sharpe!

Tas says he deserved it. Instead Cru explored and developed his talent by taking up with a
rougher crowd of older, self-taught musicians where he was introduced to the songs of
the Sun Records legends.

His first foray into the blues came after leaving the US Navy
when he was asked to join a band formed by a former shipmate named Delray Streeter,
an Arkansas-raised bluesman with boundless bravado and attitude but rather limited
singing and even lesser harmonica skills. This partnership, though short-lived, proved to
be very influential as Streeter's repertoire tended toward the older, rough-hewn country
blues. Cru's schooling in country blues later served him well and is heard in his original
songs along with the Sun Records and, of course his rock-blues influences.

 

In addition to his best-known albums is Tas' 2009 release, Even Bugs Sing the Blues, an
album of original blues music for kids based on book characters from the works of
acclaimed author-illustrator, Eric Carle. In 2016 he recorded a blues album for dog
lovers called Doggone Blues.

 

As a Blues Foundation, Keeping the Blues Alive award
recipient, besides performing, Cru brings his award-winning Blues Education programs
and workshops to festivals, schools, and hospitals everywhere he travels.

QUOTES

"The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating!"

LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE

"His songs are blues poetry - crafted with rare verbal flair and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical!"

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

 "Tas Cru brings creativity and individuality to the contemporary Blues
 Scene"

JOHN KLEINMAN-LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE

"Blues fans in general will like the well produced and integrated cuts with lots of keys and guitar and harp blended with vocals to make some fresh and interesting music.  Well done!"  (Simmered & Stewed)

STEVE JONES-BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE​

"This well engineered recording (Memphis Song) is Tas Cru’s best yet"

RICHARD LUDMERER-MAKING A SCENE

 

 

NOTEWORTHY

2014
Awarded Keeping The Blues Alive Award from The Blues Foundation for his dedication to Blues Education
2015
You Keep The Money Released
        Debuts at #1 on Roots Music Report Blues Chart
        Debuts at #2 on Living Blues Chart
        Named #3 Blues Album Of The Year - Roots Music Report
        Six songs listed on Year End List - RMR Blues Singles
Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation From Fort Sam Houston Warrior & Family Support Center, San Antonio, TX 
2016
Honored with signed guitar which hangs over the stage at Rum Boogie Cafe, Memphis, TN
Recorded interview and live set at BB King Bluesville Studios which aired multiple times on the station
2017
Simmered & Stewed Released 
        Released on Vizztone Label Group
        Spent time on Living Blues Radio Chart
        Spent over 35 weeks on Roots Music Report Blues Album Chart
        Added to BB King Bluesville Picks To Click
Album nominated for Blues Music Award
2018
Cover story on Tas appears in the 01/04/18 edition of Blues Blast Magazine
Memphis Song added to BB King Bluesville Picks To Click a full 2 weeks before release
Memphis Song released on June 1
2019
Joined United By Music North America as an Artist Mentor
 
 
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