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"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"
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.
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."
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/
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
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.