It’s a batch of original (as always) songs, each born from riffs that came to Tas in those solitary moments when a musician picks up his guitar.
A 180˚ from his 2021 ”quasi-acoustic" Broke Down Busted Up, this album is full-tilt, hard-driving guitar blues from deep down in the jukin’ bone! On the aptly titled, Riffin & Blues Tas kicks up riff-driven songs with his guitar front and center.
Studio dates at Subcat Studios (Syracuse, NY) are booked, and the songs are in the final stages of pre-production tweaking! The album will be rolling out this coming fall!
Bad Dog Bubba Books Update
From the Capital Region Blues Network (Albany, NY)
We're pleased to announce that, through our member donations and our partnership with the Stewart’s Foundation Holiday Match program, we donated the complete three book series of Tas Cru’s “Bubba the Blues Hound” to the Albany School District for 17 middle and elementary schools. Additionally, thanks to Tas’s generosity we have also been able to provide the library with the two children’s CDs “Even Bugs Sing the Blues” and “Doggone Blues”. “Bubba the Blues Hound” tells the story of Bubba’s life with a blues musician and the adventures he has with his dog friends. It’s a tall tale about music and friends and playing the blues together.
Kate Wright, Albany City School District Fine Arts Supervisor, who received the donations stated, “literacy is definitely a goal in our district, and to have it brought in through the enjoyment of music and exposing them to this wonderful blues music will be fun for our kids!"
Tas is the 2014 recipient of the Blues Foundations’ Keeping the Blues Alive Award for his education programs and workshops. For more information about his books and educational offerings please visit http://www.dogssungblue.com/ And be sure to visit and like Bad Dog Bubba’s very own Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BadDogBubba1
Return to Historic Caffe Lena
April 27th Tas plays this well-loved music venue in Saratoga Springs, NY with his longtime music partner, Mary Anne Casale.
Over the years, Lena has brought to its stage iconic roots music heroes like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie and Emmy Lou Harris and continues that tradition to this day with contemporary artists such as Janis Ian and bluesman Tommy Castro.
Tas and Mary Ann perform as part of the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society series.
Meet Me in Memphis
Tas is looking forward to returning to the city that has inspired so much of his music! He will be in town to attend the 43rd Blues Music Awards and will be performing Tuesday, May 3rd on Beale Street at the Rum Boogie Café and on Saturday, May 7th at Ground Zero in Clarksdale, MS, taking part in the Annual Pinetop Perkins Boogie and Jam.