(Editor's note: In Thursday's edition of the Weekender, it was stated that the concert date for Tas Cru is Friday. The new date for the concert is Saturday.)
SARANAC LAKE - BluSeed Studios presents "Live at BluStage": Tas Cru at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is $15 or $12 for BluSeed members. Reservations recommended by calling 518-891-3799 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is not for nothing Cru has been called "the master of the triple entendre." His songs are blues poetry, telltale life lessons crafted with rare verbal flair and delivered with a power and passion the heights of which only the seasoned concert entertainer can reach. Raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Cru's songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today.
Cru grew up in a musical and generally unquirky family (except for him). Unlike his talented brother and sisters, he did not pursue music in school, instead exploring and developing his talent taking up with a rougher crowd of self-taught musicians.
In these early bands, he was introduced to the Sun Records heroes of that day. Cru's first foray into the blues came after leaving the U.S. Navy when he was asked to join a band formed by a former shipmate named Delray Streeter, a bluesman of unlimited bravado and attitude but limited singing and harmonica skills. Streeter was raised in El Dorado, Ark. and claimed a rich blues heritage from his upbringing This partnership, though shot-lived, proved to be very influential as Streeter's repertoire tended toward the older and much rawer country blues.
Cru's schooling in country blues later served as a counterpoint to the rock-blues influences he idolized like so many other young guitar players of his time.
Accolades from the blues press include "Living Blues," who writes, "The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical."
Honors and recognition include the 2014 Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Blues Education, named to the New York State Blues Hall of Fame in 2013 as a Master Blues Artist, and in 2009 he was named by Blues Festival Guide Magazine as its 2009 Blues Artist on the Rise.
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