I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Memphis Song, by Tas Cru and it's quite good. Opening with blues rocker, Heal My Soul, Cru on vocal and guitar sets the pace with solid vocals and a driving beat, joined by Victor Wainright on piano, Pat Harrington on slide, Mary Ann Casale on backing vocal Bob Purdy on bass, Dick Earl Ericksen on harp, Guy Nirelli on organ and Andy Hearn on drums. Title track, Memphis Song has strong commercial potential with a David Essex feel, easy backing under firm vocals. Swampy funk rocker, Give A Little Up has a cool, laid back feel with Cru bouncing his vocals off Purdy's bass riffs, Ericksen's harp and the backing vocals of Casale, Floyd-Tritico and Parks. I really like the percussion on Daddy Didn't Give You Much, a jazzy ballad with a smooth feel and Cru's vocals and guitar leading the show. My favorite track on the release is funky country stomper, One Eyed Jack with a plucky bass line, funky vocals, Nirelli's perfect organ riffs and an understated but tight guitar solo. Wrapping the release is Can't Get Over the Blues, a guitar fed shuffle. With smooth vocal blending with Casale, Floyd-Tritico and Parks this is a solid closer for a solid release.
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