Welcome To The Tas Cru Newsletter

February 2022
Happy Trails
A Look Back At The Winter Tour  
Great to be back out again!
We felt so welcomed at each stop by venue owners, event producers and staff.  Audiences were incredibly enthusiastic and engaged with our performance.  This is especially heartwarming given that our repertoire is 98% original music (kma tribute bands)!   
Started a week later than anticipated as gigs during Memphis’ International  Blues Challenge (IBC) went away due to the IBC event succumbing to COVID ugh. 
After rehearsals with the band -  Christine Alexander (drums), Calvin Johnson (bass), Gerry Loiacono (guitar) and Chris Alexander (keys,) we played 13 shows over the next 15 days. 
This run was a road band leader’s dream! Every one helped with the extra tasks - driving, load in/out, travel logistics, ironing out performance wrinkles etc.   Everyone kept good cheer, treated each other with respect and were always looking out for each other. 
Vinny Marini, put together a great tour and his tour support was exceptional!  
Anne Bello, was always “peeking out from behind the current” to see the smallest details that needed tending and advising as called for. 
I am so blessed to work with these two management professionals!
Shout Out To The Suncoast Blues Society
The folks at Suncoast deserve a special mention for the help they provided on my Winter Tour.  They came to the rescue to fill in my calendar with two fun events – an evening show in St. Pete and a blues talk/discussion at Sarasota’s Music Compound.   They went to great lengths to fully publicize these events and their blues society membership responded with a great showing.   Thanks!
Trey Wanvig Is A Guitar Monster!  
Whenever I visit FL, I always so look forward to getting this young man up on stage with me.   We met in Memphis a few years back.  Thanks Trey for always supporting! 
FL folks, don’t miss him. At 20 years old, he plays with the fire of a young man but with the soul of an old, beat-up road dog, like me!
New Album Riffin’ & Blues in the Works
That melodic guitar line that grabs you by the throat and just won’t let go!  
You sing it in the shower and in your car, spanking that steering wheel in rhythm as you dance down the road. 
You hear it all day long and it’s still there when you wake the next morning! 
That is what my upcoming recording project is all about! 
Riffin’ & Blues is a dozen original (as always) songs, each hard-driven by its own guitar riff. 
It’s all full-on, hard-driving guitar riffin’ that I feel in my jukin’ bone, kick up a littler bit of rock n’ roll, give it a whole, whole lotta soul - that’s  Riffin’ & Blues (anticipated release date October 1, 2022 and more info to come).
Upcoming  Gigs  Ahead
While my attention is primarily focused on the upcoming album project, I get to have a little fun on the road here and there too!  
In early March I will pay a visit to fans in CT (March 5th – The Stomping Ground in Putnam CT and the 6th at the Pine Loft in Berlin CT).  

More info on the website about gigs further down the road.

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