Simmered & Stewed Blues Music Award Nominated

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Tas Cru at BB King's NYC

 Recent video - Tas & the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir at Alexis P. Suter's "Only Love is Real" Concert 11.21.17

BB King's, Times Square, NYC



The world famous Rum Boogie - Beale Street , Memphis awarded Tas a guitar to autograph and hang in their awesome collection of guitars that grace the club's decor.  What an honor!

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Raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru's songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today. It’s not for nothing that Cru has received wide praise for his songwriting.  As Downbeat magazine notes, "His songs are blues poetry - crafted with rare verbal flair and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical!" Bruce Iglauer, founder and president of Alligator Records calls Cru “a rare, real writer.”  Live, these songs are performed with power and passion as observed by Living Blues magazine, "The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating!"

His 2018 Blues Music Award nominated album, Simmered & Stewed was released November 11, 2016 on VizzTone Records. It has received extensive worldwide airplay including being featured as a BB King's Bluesville "Pick to Click" on Sirius"XM Radio.  Simmered & Stewed made its way on to the highly respected Living Blues Chart and was at or near the top of the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Chart for most of 2017. Eleven songs flavored in most part by resonator, cigar box and acoustic guitar feature harmonica, honky-tonk piano, Hammond B3 organ and rich, backing vocals. It proved a worthy follow up to Cru's You Keep the Money that debuted on the Roots Music Blues Radio Chart at #1 and ended up the #3 blues album of 2015 right behind the legendary John Mayall and Buddy Guy.   On the strength of these two albums Tas has performed at several major blues festivals in 2017 including the Daytona Blues Fest, Carolina Downhome Blues Fest, Baltimore Blues Fest, Tinner Hill Blues Fest, Roundbarn Blues Fest, Memphis in May Beale St. Blues Fest, Blues on the Riideau, Jackson Blues Fest and the Wiregrass Blues Festival.  A new album, Memphis Song is in the works and will release in 2018.

Based out of upstate New York. Cru performs in a variety of formats ranging from solo acoustic to a 7 piece-backing band. In 2018 Tas Cru is slated to appear at a number of festivals and major blues venues throughout the US and Canada.  A 2014 Blues Foundation, “keeping the Blues Alive award recipient, Cru will continue to bring his award-winning Blues Education programs and workshops to these festivals, schools, and hospitals.  Tas Cru is a Delaney Guitars (Austin, TX) endorsed artist.

In 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 guitar players of his time.  These combined influences are heard in his music  - 65+ original songs on seven albums-Biscuit (2006), gravi-Tas (2008), Grizzle n' Bone (2009), Jus' Desserts (2010), Tired of Bluesmen Cryin' (2012), You Keep the Money (2015), Simmered & Stewed (2016) and the soon to be released Memphis Song (2018).

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.  Cru says he deserved it.  Cru instead 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.  Cru's 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, a bluesman of unlimited bravado and attitude but limited singing and harmonica skills.  Streeter was raised in El Dorado, Arkansas and claimed a rich blues heritage from his upbringing.  This partnership, though shot-lived, proved to be very influential as Streeter's repertoire tended toward the older and much rawer country blues.  Cru's schooling in country blues later served him well and is infused into his original songs along with his Sun Records and rock-blues influences. 

As noted above, Tas Cru's discography includes eight albums of original songs In addition to these recordings is Cru's 2009 release, Even Bugs Sing the Blues, an album of original blues music for kids and in 2016 he released a blues album for dog lovers called Doggone Blues.

Honors and recognition include Cru being nominated for a 2018 Blues Foundation Blues Music Award for Simmered & Stewed (which was also named 2016 Best Blues Album by the Syracuse Area Music Awards aka the SAMMYS), awarded the 2014 Blues Foundation Keeping the Blues Alive Award (KBA) for blues education. In 2009 he was named by Blues Festival Guide Magazine as its 2009 Blues Artist on the Rise.  In January 2015, Beale Street’s legendary Rum Boogie Café awarded Cru a guitar that is displayed in the venue’s gallery of artist signed guitars.

Tas Cru is managed by Vinny Marini - Music on the Couch Artist Management 1717 Old Hwy 15, Ecru, Mississippi tascru@musiconthe couch. 609-731-3034