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Half the Time

Here we are woodshedding "Half the Time" a few months before the final version was recorded for You Keep the Money

Tas & Watermelon Slim Live from Clarksdale

This summer's TURN UP DA' HEAT TOUR had many highlights - here's one from Clarksdale MS with my  friend Watermelon Slim - off the hook!


Tas Cru Awarded 2014 KBA

The Blues Foundation awarded Tas Cru the 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive - blues education.  The award was given in Memphis, TN on January 24th.  More info at the Blues Foundation website.


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A WOULD-BE BLUESMAN:  “You know, I should get paid.”

TAS CRU:  “Yes son, you should.  Welcome to the blues.”

This is an actual exchange between Tas and a young man (grandson of Delta bluesman, T-Model Ford) that took place after the kid had jumped up on stage with his tambourine. You Keep the Money, is dedicated to every bluesman and woman who has learned the hard truth that making honey doesn’t always make you money. 

This sixth album by acclaimed singer-songwriter, Tas Cru is without question a portrait of this artist at his peak.  The writing is terrific with his trademark, well-crafted lyrics and vibrant musicality that has earned him a reputation as one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today.

As longtime fans might expect from Tas, this is a “big tent” blues album, meaning its canvas is covered with an array of blues styles – songs painted from a palette of country roots to modern blues-rock and the many shades in between.  Like the eclectic blues/roots artists he is known to so greatly admire, Tas Cru writes and performs confidently and convincingly in any of these styles. As you will note, he delivers ballad to barrelhouse with equal power, passion and purpose

You Keep the Money hits the bricks on New Years Day! 12 original songs.  The new sound features very soulful backing vocals, written and arranged by Tas and tastefully infused percussion work.  The album features a new rhythm section that includes former Robert Cray drummer (Smokin Gun album) Dave Olson on 9 of the 12 tracks.

Here's a few photos - some highlights of the tour so to speak!

     At Uncle Bo's - Topeka KS

Blues in Schools - Topeka Blues Society    

     Rippin' it Up for Wichita KS Blues Society

Gigging at the Rum Boogie in Memphis TN    

     Blues in Schools - Blues Foundation Memphis TN

Receiving Keeping the Blues Alive Award    

Tas & the Tortured Souls will be recording live at the Shack Up Inn - Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale, MS.  Saturday January 18, 2014 - 8 PM - free show!

January 2014 - My Memphis Mess Around mini-tour looking good. Visiting some old haunts and some new. The tour includes doing a live recording at The Shack Up Inn and of course hosting my Tas Cru - Annual Rum Boogie Jam. The KBA's on January 25th wrap the mess around up in high style!

Tas with help from Blues Foundation Board Member, Mick Kolassa and River City Mgmt. VP, Carson Lamm has committed his very successful pre IBC Rum Boogie Jam as a fundraiser for the Blues Foundation’s Generation Blues program. 

The Blues Foundation has announced that Tas Cru is the 2014 recipient for Keeping the Blues Alive - blues education.  More info at the Blues Foundation website.

Tas was named a "Master Blues Artist" at his induction at Club Helsinki, Hudson NY on November 3. 2013.   Blues Ambassador, Michael Packer acknowledged Cru's artistry as a songwriter and performer and praised him for his work in blues education. Tas led the performance of 3 songs with a host of other inductees in the band - rocked the house!

Tas met up with music legend, John Sebastian last week (10-26-13) at the Woodstock Invitational Luthier Showcase where Tas was performing on guitars crafted by Inlay Design Studios.  John played a "surprise last minute" set just prior to Tas.   Joking, John said he was happy to have the chance to open for Tas!

A recent program (1/25/13) was a very rewarding experience for Tas as a Blues Educator.  Full article at http://www.capitalregionboces.org/News/2013-2014/10_30_BluesInSchools.cfm

Pictured below Sonny Rock and Tas meet and talk with appreciative student.

Springville Center for the Arts - September 20, 2013 - a magical night!  Packed house of enthused acoustic blues lovers showed their appreciation with a standing ovation! Humbling.

As the "Artist in Residence" at the 2013 Chenango Blues Fest Tas visited the NYS Veteran's Home in Norwich NY bring his blues to a very appreciative audience.  

Thanks to the Volunteers and Staff at Chenango!   Top shelf fest indeed.  Tas captivated the Tent stage crowd playing fan favorites and new tunes from his next record.

Tas will be performing on guitars handcrafted by master luthier and inlay specialist, Tracy Cox of Inlay Design Studios

Barry Kerzner's fine review!

Every Picture Tells a Story, Don't it?

Mohawk Valley Blues Fans 3/13/13 Utica NY

Live on the air!

MARCH 13, 2013 9 PM EDT


TAP NY Craft Beer and Fine Food  Aprio 27 and 28 at Hunter Mtn - Mainstage

Published in Next issue 

"Cru's approach to his music is quirky, irreverent and often tongue-in-cheek with great playing throughout this excellent and enjoyable modern blues album which should be particularly relevant to younger blues listeners"

Dave Drury

Blues in the Schools programs went great.  Much thanks to : Kendra Wallace and Jim Coombs (Blues society of the Ozarks) - Tom Anderson and Sandra (Buffalo River Blues Society) and Jay, Cindii, and Ms. Wilbanks (The Blues Foundation and Memphis City Schools)

Tas Cru w/ 4th graders at Memphis Downtown Elementary School 2/1/13

My annual Rum Boogie Jam in Memphis for IBC week was tons of fun.  Got 80 players up on stage though out the night

Tas played a gig to raise funds for Mississippi Blues legend, T Model Ford on Saturday January 26th in Clarksdale MS.  T Model recently fell on some hard time (again).  Glad to help!

A career milestone - Tired of Bluesmen Cryin'  has made it to the most prestigious of Blues radio charts - Living Blues!  One of the top airplay 25 albums for December 2012!

"Blondie," my custom Strat gets a facelift from luthier Tracy Cox.  Here she is - a work in progress!

December 14, 2012 - Tired of Bluesmen Cryin'  charted at #17.  Thanks to the Dj's spinning the album and Frank Roszak Promotions for his hard work!

The Blues Foundation, Memphis TN has just announced that TAS CRU (me) will present a Blues in the Schools program as part of its International Blues Challenge (IBC) events in Memphis, TN this coming January/February. I will present to 4th graders at Downtown Elementary School of Memphis City Schools on Friday morning, February 1st.
It is well known that I firmly believe that blues education must be a vital part of the blues performer’s overall efforts and mission. I am honored to be chosen to lead this program as part of the 2013 IBC.

Blues 411 Announced 2012 Nominees and Tired of Bluesmen Cryin was among them!

Blues Underground picks Tired of Bluesmen Cryin' as one of its top albums for December 2012!  Check out the Blues Underground HERE

Josh May of BLUES ROCK REVIEW wonders if Tas Cru might be the Tom Waits of the Blues! ""The whole record is extremely likable.  Any artist capable of implementing quirky offbeat sounds throughout an album yet has the album ebb and flow fantastically deserves recognition. I’m tempted to say he is a sort of blues version of Tom Waits."

Roots Music Report for the week of 11/30/12 has Tas Cru's Tired of Bluesmen Cryin in the top 40 Blues records worldwide.  Thanks to all DJ's for spins and fans for the listens!

TC and the new album featured at the Mississippi Blues Club Ezine - "Featured Artists" section. Includes an interview with publisher Dew Wluff- click MORE at the bottom of that page to read the interview - http://mississippibluesclub.com/2012/11/12/tas-cru-tired-of-bluesmen-cryin/

A road tune from my new album, Tired of Bluesmen Cryin' for all my blues loving friends traveling  this Thanksgiving - a live, laid back version of Road to My Obsession from last night's WRPI live radio performance.  Y'all be  careful out on the road!Road_to_My_Obsession_WRPI.mp3

At a recent Blues education program, Tas had four year-olds dancing to Wilie Dixon's "Mellow Down Easy."


Wow! Just set up Blues Ed. sessions with Blues Society of Western NY. 800 7th graders - 4 schools - 8 days! Excited


"Tas has a way with a hook that few bluesmen on the scene today can match."

Read full review http://donandsherylsbluesblog.wordpress.com

From Steve Pick, "Is a meeting at the cross roads of 49, 61 and Carefree Highway such a bad thing? Not in Cru's hands. His organic, back porch version of the blues is still in full force and the change in direction doesn't hurt him a whit"

FULL REVIEW at .http://midwestrecord.com/MWR561.html

Really looking forward to this weekend as I will be performing for Inlay Design on Tracy Cox’s latest creation at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase.  The event gets underway this Friday.  I will be playing Saturday at 11 Am on Tracy’s “Maple Dripper” (as opposed to honey dripper) Guitar – SEE PIC.  This is crafted from woods harvested within 50 miles of his shop.  Primarily maple. Very rich and warm sound as well as gorgeous! Tracy’s inlay work is breathtaking.   He honed his craft as a inlay artist studying under Dave Nichols and his years working as an inlay specialist for Martin guitars where he did custom work for folks like Neil Young, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.



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