SPRINGVILLE — Tas Cru has been called “the master of the triple entendre” for his blues poetry songs that offer telltale life lessons crafted with verbal flair, power and passion. Springville Center for the Arts will feature Cru as part of the SCAs Acoustic Autumn series on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Mongerson Theater, located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville.
Cru’s first foray into the blues came after leaving the United States Navy, when he was asked to join a band formed by former shipmate Delray Streeter, a bluesman with ample 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 short-lived, proved to be very influential, as Streeter’s repertoire tended toward the older and much more raw country blues. Cru’s schooling in country blues later served as a counterpoint to the rock-blues influences he said he idolized, like 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 seven-0piece backing band. His presentation at the SCA will be as an acoustic performer. The guitarist’s recent performances include Billtown, Chenango, Kalamazoo, Chattauqua Hills, Bluesberry Festival, Niagara Falls, and the New York State Blues Fest. Major club appearances include BB King’s and Rum Boogie Cafe, Ground Zero Blues Club, Blue Rose Cafe, Legacy Blues Club, Uncle Bo’s, 411 Club, Black Eyed Sally’s, Dinosaur Barbecue, Club Helsinki, Bearsville Theater and Caffe Lena.
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,’” which was released in fall 2013, is still seeing airplay, worldwide.
Tickets are available for presale at www.SpringvilleArts.org
or by calling 592-9038. They can also be purchased at the door.