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Original songwriting from this edgy bluesman has earned Tas Cru the moniker, "the master of the triple entendre." His songs are eccentric, quirky, and sometimes boldly irreverent, with a repertoire that is equal parts power, passion, and pure hilarity. This combined with his soulful voice and skillful guitarwork has earned him his reputation as a bonafide "triple threat."
Cru's latest CD, "Grizzle n' Bone" (2009) has generated serious blues world-buzz, making its way onto a variety of US and International roots music airplay charts, with great reviews from the blues media, including Blues Revue, Blues Festival Guide, and the UK's Blues Matters!. "Grizzle n' Bone" comes hard on the heels of Cru being named by Blues Festival Guide as 2009's Blues Artist on the Rise and is his third release.
Reviews include: "His most varied collection to date, all delivered with conviction and a welcome dose of wry wit" (Larry Nager - Blues Revue) and "This will definitely sit at the top of my "best of" list at the end of the year" (Stuart Hamilton - Blues Matters!).
Tas' CD, "gravi-Tas " (2008) builds on the traditional flavor of his solo acoustic 2006 CD, "Biscuit." Both CDs enjoyed wide airplay on XM Radio's BB King's Bluesville -especially "gravi-Tas" that was a "Pick to Click." (April thru July, 2008) Both CDs were reviewed in the premiere blues magazines, Blues Revue and Living Blues.
Blues Revue noted, "Listening to "gravi-Tas" will create a strong desire to see Cru live. The album is a multi-course feast of the down-home variety: friendly, welcoming, and direct"(Genevieve Williams) and "A keeper. Fine resonator work both slide and fingerstyle supports an insightful batch of songs"(Tom Hyslop). Living Blues reviewer Dave Ruthenberg said, "On intricate resonator finger-picking or some smoky electric slide, Cru scores consistently."
Tas Cru, based out of upstate New York. performs in a variety of formats ranging from solo-acoustic to an eight-piece backing band that includes the talented singing trio, Stacked Deck. He is a regular at Clarksdale's Ground Zero Blues Club as the host for six years running of its annual Pre-IBC Jam. Cru has shared the stage with a growing list of well known blues artists that includes Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.
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