AMERICAN SINGER – SONGWRITER – BLUESMAN
Raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru. and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today.
His latest album, Memphis Song completes a trifecta of Tas Cru’s creativity that began with his breakthrough effort, You Keep the Money (2014) and followed by the award-winning Simmered and Stewed.
Released this June, Memphis Song showcases Cru’s talents as an acclaimed songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. This album’s title track features long time friend Victor Wainwright on piano along with Victor’s guitar player, Pat Harrington, putting down some soulful slide work. The album has been in the Top 25 on the Roots Music Report Blues Radio Chart since its release in June and has appeared on BOTH the June and July Living Blues Chart!
You Keep the Money grabbed the attention of blues radio worldwide, debuting on the prestigious Living Blues Radio Chart at #2 and, quite noteworthy, debuting #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Radio Chart. Simmered & Stewed also enjoyed wide airplay including being featured as a BB King’s Bluesville “Pick to Click” on SiriusXM radio. Likewise it made its way on to the highly regarded Living Blues Chart and resided at or near the top of the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart for most of 2017. Simmered and Stewed earned Cru consideration for several prestigious awards (International Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards – best emerging artist / Syracuse Area Music Awards – best blues album / Independent Blues Awards – best contemporary artist, best song Grizzle n’ Bone, best band). Tas has been performed at major blues festivals and notable venues around the country for the last three years.
Photo by Ron Fontenot Photography.