Tas Cru & The Tortured Souls

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
$10 Advance, $11 Day of Show

On Saturday, February 16, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes Tas Cru and the Tortured Souls for a night of blues at the WOW Hall.

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 bluesmen plying his trade today.  It’s not for nothing that Cru has received wide praise for his songwriting.  As Downbeat magazine noted, "His songs are blues poetry -- crafted with rare verbal flair and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical!"  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!"

Tas Cru is based out of upstate New York and performs in multiple formats ranging from solo acoustic to a seven-piece backing band.  He sings and plays a wide variety of guitars  -- at home on either electric, acoustic, resonator or cigar box.  Tas is a Delaney Guitars (Austin TX) endorsed artist.

In his early bands, Tas was introduced to the great Sun Records sound and the country blues that later served as a counterpoint to the rock-blues he idolized -- as did so many young aspiring guitar players of his time.  Cru grew up in a very musical family but he did not pursue music in school.  Instead Cru explored and developed his talent by taking up with a rougher crowd of older, self-taught musicians.  His first foray into the blues came after leaving the US Navy.

Tas Cru’s latest album, Memphis Song, completes a trifecta of creativity that began with his breakthrough effort, You Keep the Money (2014) and followed by the award-winning Simmered and Stewed.  Memphis Song showcases Cru’s talents as an acclaimed songwriter, guitarist and vocalist.  You Keep the Money grabbed the attention of blues radio worldwide, debuting on the prestigious Living Blues Radio Chart at #2 and, quite noteworthy, debuting #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Radio Chart. 

Simmered & Stewed also enjoyed wide airplay including being featured as a BB King's Bluesville "Pick to Click" on SiriusXM radio. Likewise it made its way on to the highly regarded Living Blues Chart and resided at or near the top of the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart for most of 2017.  Simmered and Stewed earned Cru consideration for several prestigious awards (Syracuse Area Music Awards - best blues album / Independent Blues Awards - best contemporary artist, best song Grizzle n’ Bone, best band /International Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards – best emerging artist).   On the strength of these two albums Tas has since performed at several major blues festivals and notable venues.  

In addition to his best-known albums is Tas' 2009 release, Even Bugs Sing the Blues, an album of original blues music for kids based on book characters from the works of acclaimed author-illustrator, Eric Carle.  In 2016 he recorded a blues album for dog lovers called Doggone Blues.  As a Blues Foundation, Keeping the Blues Alive award recipient, besides performing, Cru brings his award-winning Blues Education programs and workshops to festivals, schools, and hospitals everywhere he travels. 

Tickets are $10 in advance, $11 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 8:30.