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.