Artist Spotlight - Michael Tash

Artist Spotlight - Michael Tash

Staying at the top of the mid-Atlantic region’s competitive blues and roots music scene for a career that spans three decades isn’t easy. But that’s what guitarist Michael Tash has done — thanks to high-energy performances with multiple projects, extensive airplay and four well-received albums.

"The most important thing is that everybody has fun — the audience and us,” explains Tash. “Whether playing an original song or a classic, I’m going to put my heart and soul into it in a way that people can hear, see and practically touch."

In the 1980s, Tash was taken under wing by legendary DC-area blues guitarist Steve Jacobs, who began schooling him in the genre’s roots. In 1988, after some years in the rock ‘n’ roll trenches, Tash founded the Bad Influence Band and over the next decade their popularity around the Nation’s Capital area steamrolled. By the time their 1st CD, Where We Been was recorded, the group was a six-piece with a reputation for great live shows and a vast repertoire of classic and modern blues.

Michael has appeared on hundreds of club and festival stages, including the House of Blues in Las Vegas and the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival. Winning songs, musical dynamism and strong presence has led to opening slots on bills with a coterie of stars: Heart, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Candye Kane, Deanna Bogart, Toronzo Cannon, Roomful of Blues, and Albert Castiglia, among others.

Tash is one of the East Coast’s most respected blues guitarists and songwriters, and has been inducted into the Northern Virginia Blues Hall of Fame as well as multiple nominations for the Washington Area Music Association Best Blues Instrumentalist award.

 Michael Tash has pretty much played every single Quilter Labs amp at one time or another. Lately you'll see him performing with his Mach 3 or his SuperBlocks ( US and UK ) when he flies.

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