2018: Blues Music Award (BMA) nomination and #1 RMR album. A blues eclectic who'll swing you with a traditional shuffle, swoon you with a sultry ballad, lull you into a trance with deep Hill-country blues and then rock your knobs off
A blues eclectic who'll swing you with a traditional shuffle, swoon you with a sultry ballad, lull you into a trance with deep Hill-country blues and then rock your knobs off
Tas Cru followed his 2018 Blues Music Award (BMA) nomination and #2 RMR Blues Album Of The Year with 2020’s “Drive On", which spent 54 weeks on the RMR Blues Chart and 18 weeks in the Top 10.
Tas Cru is truly a blues eclectic who refuses to let his music be bound to just one blues style. With a repertoire of over 80 original songs from multiple albums and dozens of crowd-pleasing classics, this seasoned road warrior gives folks what they want, be it festival, concert, listening room or the dance hall.
Tas has been called one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today. His songs testify to his reputation as a bluesman who is accomplished in, and comfortable with most every style of blues. As a writer Tas wants each song to determine what style is the better fit; and that’s why fans love his stuff and critics sing his praises. A versatile repertoire, great vocal and guitar work, and his trademark well-crafted lyrics make Tas’ music an interesting and enjoyable listen. Live performances are captivating – highly entertaining!
With four hot albums in the last six years – You Keep the Money, Simmered & Stewed, Memphis Song, and Drive On – Cru is now hard at work readying another for 2021 – a double “quasi – acoustic” album Broke Down – Busted Up. Cru was honored with his first Blues Music Award nomination in 2018 with Simmered & Stewed. That album and the two that followed were all recipients of the Syracuse Area Music Awards (the SAMMY’s) for best blues recordings.
"The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical"
-Living Blues Magazine
As a Blues Foundation, Keeping the Blues Alive award recipient (2014), besides performing, Cru brings his Blues Education programs and workshops to festivals, schools, and hospitals everywhere he travels. In 2019, Tas began his affiliation with United By Music North America; a program serving differently challenged young adult musicians. Thus far, Cru has traveled to the Pacific Northwest and Memphis, TN to mentor participants. Tas says, “Working with UBMNA has brought me back to why I began playing music in the first place – for the pure joy of doing so!”
Tas Cru is currently based out of upstate New York and performs in multiple formats ranging from solo acoustic to a 7 piece-backing band. He sings and plays a wide variety of guitars - at home on either electric, acoustic, resonator or cigar box and is known to sprinkle in a bit of harmonica from time to time.
Tas is a Delaney Guitars (Austin TX) endorsed artist and is signed to Subcat Records (Syracuse NY)
"I have worked with Tas on a number of festivals I produce. Tas always puts on a great show and is professional and easy to work with. You cannot go wrong with Tas Cru!"
PAUL E BENJAMIN
"Tas Cru is the ultimate professional from start to finish. He delivers what has been promised...His attention to details makes one breathe a sigh of relief. His demeanor is refreshing."
JONNYE WEBER, BLUES SOCIETY OF WESTERN PA
Tas delivers 100% on stage with his thoughtful selection of material, his ear catching arrangements, his skillful guitar work and vocals, and his tasteful interaction with his audience. Tas was a joy to work with from beginning to end!"
BONNIE TALLMAN, BILLTOWN BLUES FEST
ACCOLADES AND AWARDS
2020: released album “Drive On", which spent 54 weeks on the RMR Blues Chart and 18 weeks in the Top 10
2018 Blues Music Award (BMA) nomination, Best Emerging Artist Album for "Simmered & Stewed"
"Memphis Song" released on June 1, 2018:
-reached #1 on Roots Music Report Blues Album Chart
- reached #1 on Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Chart
2018: 5 songs made the Roots Music Report Blues Singles Charts
2018: 6 songs on the Contemporary Blues Singles Charts - including #1, #2 & #5
2018: Cover of Blues Blast Magazine
Tas featured on the cover of Blues Blast magazine, Jan 2018
2015: Certificate of Appreciation From Fort Sam Houston Warrior & Family Support Center, San Antonio, TX
2015: The Rum Boogie Café awarded Cru a guitar to autograph, which now hangs above the stage among the gallery of artist-signed guitars
Tas is a mentor in the United By Music – North America Program (https://ubmna.org)
2014 – Was honored by the Blues Foundation with a Keeping The Blues Alive Award
Annually, during IBC Week, Tas hosts a jam that brings over 100 musicians to the stage in 5 hours
Endorses and plays a Delaney Guitar
2014: Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive Award (KBA) for Blues Education
2009: Blues Festival Guide Magazine's Blues Artist on the Rise