LOCKPORT: Bugging out with the blues

LOCKPORT: Bugging out with the blues
April 2, 2010
Niagara Gazette

LOCKPORT — In the Blues music world, Tas Cru is what is known as a “triple threat” — soulful singer, skillful multi-instrumentalist and superb songwriter. Above all he is a storyteller. With “Even Bugs Sing the Blues,” Tas Cru plies his talent to crafting stories for kids that show how even the lowliest of creatures get over having a bad day.

The songs are inspired by children’s author and illustrator, Eric Carle. Amongst his many celebrated works are several books that are “bug-themed.” The most famous of these is, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

“Even Bugs Sing the Blues,” released in early January, is long overdue as Cru has been performing these songs in kids’ programs for years. Cru notes that performing blues programs for kids (Blues in the Schools) is important to him.

“Blues is a uniquely American music that along with gospel and jazz is one of America’s most precious gifts to the world. Our children deserve to know about their culture’s rich musical heritage that is the Blues and take pride that the world has embraced it as a valuable, creative art form.” Cru coyly adds, “Blues in the Schools program really help to make it work as a touring musician. Heh, where else can a bluesman get a gig on Tuesday morning? Kids are a great audience, no doubt!”

Tas Cru’s latest album is “Grizzle n’ Bone” (2009). It made its way onto a variety of U.S. and International roots music radio airplay charts and earned enthusiastic reviews in Downbeat, Blues Revue, and Blues Festival Guide. It came hard on the heels of Cru being named by Blues Festival Guide as 2009’s Blues Artist on the Rise.

Crus will be playing at several “adult” venues as well. He has shows scheduled for April 8 at Bobby McGee’s, April 9 at the Lafayette Tap Room and April 10 at the Queen City Double D Bar and Grill.
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