Tas Cru

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  • 2023 (February) Riffin’ The Blue releases feat. Mike Zito and Bruce Katz
  • 2021 Broke Down Busted Up  feat. Anne Harris released 
  • 2018 Simmered & Stewed Nominated for Blues Music Award
  • 2015 You Keep the Money Debuts at #1 on Roots Music Report Blues Chart, Debuts #2 on Living Blues Chart
  • 2014 Blues Foundation Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Dedication to Blues Education 

Discography:

  • Riffin The Blue (2023)
  • Broke Down Busted Up (9/3/21)
  • Drive On (Released 2/2/20)
  • Memphis Song (Released 6/1/18)
  • Simmered & Stewed (2016)
  • Doggone Blues (2016)
  • You Keep the Money (2014)
  • Tired of Bluesman Cryin’ (2012)
  • Jus’ Desserts (2010)
  • Grizzle n’ Bone (2009)
  • Gravi-Tas  (2008)
  • Biscuit (2006)

With six albums in the last eight years , Cru is slated to release his Tas Cru Band LIVE in 2024.  This album showcases his 2024 tour band performing his fan’s top-ten requested songs. To no surprise, these fan-fed songs are all rough and tumble.  Gone are the frills of a studio album.  The band just gives each song a best go, kicking down the fences – cage-free – loose, loud and proud! 

Cru is a well-seasoned performer and entertainer. He knows how to read an audience. By intuition, Cru adjusts his sets on the fly to make sure he reaches them. While this is a skill acquired from years of performing, having a repertoire of well over 100 original songs to draw on certainly gives him a leg up on most others.

Indeed, above all else Tas Cru is a songwriter. “He is a real writer,” says Bruce Iglauer – owner/producer of the renowned Alligator Records.  High praise comes from Downbeat magazine, describing Cru as one of the most unique of roots musicians plying his trade today; “With fresh melodies and his trademark well-crafted lyrics, Cru has the ability to cast a magical hook.” According to Tas, himself, “I insist that words serve more than to treat the listener like a hitch-hiker desperate to reach the guitar solo!”   Tas Cru – always original  and where the songs matter, lyrics speak, and melodies thrive! 

Cru is most known as a blues artist but his songs show that he is truly a roots music eclectic who refuses to be bound to any one genre. Based out of Central New York he performs in multiple formats ranging from a six-piece backing band to solo acoustic.  He sings and plays a wide variety of guitars  – at home on either electric, acoustic, resonator or cigar box and is known to sprinkle in a bit of harmonica from time to time. Tas made his mark in the blues world as the founder and host of his Tas Cru Annual Rum Boogie Jam (2008 – 2023) at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis  Today, Tas tours extensively throughout the US  and international touring includes Europe and Canada. Tas is a Delaney Guitars (Austin TX) endorsed artist and is signed to Subcat Records, Syracuse NY.  Tas Cru is a BMI artist and is represented by Anne Bello Productions and in Europe by Martin Scheschonka (Electric Blues Bash).