LAKE PLACID - Blues Hall of Fame's Tas Cru will appear at Delta Blue this weekend.
"The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magicall," Living Blues said of the musician.
Cru's 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 unique bluesman.
Cru grew up in a musical and generally "unquirky" family (except for him). Unlike his brother and sisters, he did not pursue a formal musical education, instead, exploring and developing his talent with a rougher crowd of self-taught musicians. Cru's first foray into the blues came when he joined a band formed by Delray Streeter, a bluesman of unlimited bravado and attitude, who claimed a rich blues heritage from his upbringing in El Dorado, Arkansas. Through Streeter, Cru developed an affinity for the older and much rawer country blues. His schooling in country blues later served as a counterpoint to the rock-blues influences he idolized in so many other young guitar players of his time.
Based out of upstate New York, Cru performs in a variety of formats ranging from solo-acoustic to a 7 piece backing band. Recent Blues Festival performances of note include Billtown, Chenango, Kalamazoo, Chautauqua Hills, Bluesberry Festival, Niagara Falls, and the New York State Blues Fest.
If you go ...
What: Tas Cue music performance
When: 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday
Where: Delta Blue, Northwoods?Inn, 2520 Main St., Lake Placid
How much: Free
More info: Call 518-523-1818 or visit DeltaBlueLP.com
Cru has performed and instructed in numerous Blues Education programs and workshops in schools and communities around the country.
Cru's discography includes four albums of original songs: "Biscuit" (2006), "gravi-Tas" (2008), "Grizzle n' Bone" (2009, and "Jus Desserts" (2010). His new album "Tired of Bluesmen Cryin' "is still enjoying airplay worldwide. The album made the Roots Music Report's Top 50 Blues albums for ten consecutive weeks and the Top 25 on the prestigious Living Blues Cart (Dec. 2012).
In addition to these albums, is Cru's 2009 recording, "Even Bugs Sing the Blues" an album of original blues music for kids to help inspire a new generation of blues fans and musicians.
Delta Blue is located in Lake Placid at the Northwoods Inn and features live music on Wednesday night with its Open Mic Blues Jam, and on Friday and Saturday nights with an eclectic mix of regional blues artists and talented local musicians.