Gig Review on harpsurgery.com Oct 2008:
...SaRon Crenshaw is incredible. He has presence and rapport to match the likes of Luther Allison and Eric Bibb. His voice is the equal of any Atlantic soul singer – its richness, depth and expression is astonishing. His guitar work is comprehensively top drawer.
...I couldn’t name all the songs SaRon performed – many were his own – but his covers included Mojo, Cold Shot, at least two Robert Cray tunes and Rainy Night In Georgia/New York.
From the chair, as his chest swayed and his knees jumped to the beat, his guitar painted countless moods and his voice filled our souls to the very brim. His repertoire meandered through moody urban blues, soul, down home and upbeat delta styles. He could have comfortably moved into funk or jazz; but in every case, through altered rhythms and lyrics or simply his pure personality, SaRon injected a unique twist, taking full ownership of each song. This man is the perfect blues performer...
Performer profile at Smoke Jazz & Super Club NYC
SaRon Crenshaw is a riveting blues guitarist who
takes his inspiration from greats like BB King, Albert King, Albert Collins,
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy. Although he’s a local mainstay with a
strong and enthusiastic following at Smoke, he is still a surprising
“discovery” to audiences who haven’t heard him before. The Big Apple BBQ
News concurs saying, “SaRon might be one of the most soulful and exciting
blues artists you haven’t heard yet…(he) is a masterful blues artist.” He is
currently leading his own SaRon Crenshaw Band, which appears here.
New York Blues: The Beat Goes On - SaRon Crenshaw (Blog from July 2009)
Oh yes it does! This week I am submitting
photos of SaRon Crenshaw and his band. I had seen SaRon a couple of times
before but he was flying solo, just him and his guitar. He was good. I
finally caught him with a full band and holy smokes...SaRon and the band
were cookin'! The band was tight and mixed in some slick funk grooves with
their blues sound.
Performance review from Myrtle Beach, NC in December 2011:
DarielB – Flying Under the Radar
Powerhouse guitarist SaRon Crenshaw will be bringing his electrifying band all the way from the Big Apple to the Myrtle Beach Train Depot on Jan. 7, 2012.
SxSE board member Charles Newell, who is also the bass player for the Chainsaws, a local band, says, “I saw SaRon in Greenwich Village in October. We started working right then on getting him for a SxSE Music Feast.”
He’s a sought-after performer at spots like B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York and Terra Blues, a blues saloon in the heart of Greenwich Village.
Touring often, Crenshaw delights audiences with his fiery guitar licks and soulful vocals. The show at the intimate historic Train Depot will offer a unique opportunity to get an up-close look at his Gibson “Lucille” model guitar, which was signed by B.B. King himself.
Reviews by Big Apple BBQ June 2009:
Singer/guitarist SaRon Crenshaw might be one of the most soulful and exciting blues artists you haven’t yet heard. The thing is, he’s been out there for over three decades, having shared stages with the likes of Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush and the late Tyrone Davis. SaRon Crenshaw is a masterful blues showman in the lineage of B.B., Albert Collins, and Buddy Guy.
Reviews on Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival June 2006:
All music festivals have their surprises and this fest was no different. There's always that one act that you catch, get awed by, then think to yourself..... "who in hell is this"? Well, that such person was SARON CRENSHAW. At one of the auxiliary stages SARON drew one of the largest and more enthusiastic crowds of the event (at least of the acts I saw). Until now, this regular player at New York City's "Terrablues" was virtually unknown to me and a lot of the crowd. However, there was no way he was allowing his unfamiliarity to become an obstacle. SARON stood up there and played like he was Buddy Guy (except, unlike Buddy, he finished all of his songs) and the crowd was a bunch of his fans. At one point he even came down into the crowd, strolling between revelers, while playing the guitar with his tongue. This guy was a hell of a showman and more importantly, a hell of a bluesman. That's SARON CRENSHAW, keep your eyes and ears open for him.