Tas Cru and The Tortured Souls
Doors open @ 6:30 show begins @ 8:00pm
Raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru's songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today. It’s not for nothing that Cru has received wide praise for his songwriting. As Downbeat magazine notes, "His songs are blues poetry - crafted with rare verbal flair and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical!" Bruce Iglauer, founder and president of Alligator Records calls Cru “a rare, real writer.” Live, these songs are performed with power and passion as observed by Living Blues magazine, "The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating!"
His latest album, Simmered and Stewed released November 11, 2016 on VizzTone Records has received wide acclaim and extensive world wide airplay. It has been featured as a BB King's Bluesville "Pick to Click" on Sirius"XM Radio and made its way on to the highly respected Living Blues Chart. It has been at or near the top of the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Chart for most of 2017. Simmered & Stewed is eleven songs flavored in most part by resonator, cigar box and acoustic guitar. The album features harmonica, honky-tonk piano, Hammond B3 organ ans rich, backing vocals. It is is a worthy follow up to Cru's 2015 album, "You Keep the Money.” - the hottest debuting blues album of that year, almost all year long residing at or near the very top of every major blues chart. It ended up the #3 blues album of 2015 right behind Buddy Guy a #2 with Shemekia Copeland at #4. On the strength of these two albums Tas has performed at several major blues festivals in 2017 including the Daytona Blues Fest, Carolina Downhome Blues Fest, Baltimore Blues Fest, Tinner Hill Blues Fest, Roundbarn Blues Fest, Memphis in May Beale St. Blues Fest, Blues on the Riideau, Jackson Blues Fest and the Wiregrass Blues Festival. A new album, Memphis Song is in the works and will release in 2018.