Michael "JR" Tash
30 Years Of Blues & Roots Energy


JR's Story
(so far)

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. He is currently endorsed by Epiphone Guitars, GHS Strings, Quilter Amps, Seymour Duncan Pickups, StageClix Wireless, Peavey Electronics, Electro-Voice Speakers, Ethos Custom Leathers, Levy's Leathers, PedalSnake cable systems and Gator Cases. These endorsements include print ads in guitar magazines, social media posts, as well as personalized pages and inclusion on the official websites of these companies.

JR plays Epiphone


The Photos

Evidence Of JR's Exploits

The Videos

Upcoming Shows

Here's where to see JR

The Gear

Michael Tash's rig lineup - Since 2004 JR has been playing exclusively Epiphone guitars

  • With Bad Influence, Tash primarily plays either a 2016 (Red) or 2018 (Blond) Casino or a Les Paul Florentine
  • For the New Blue Soul gigs - a 2018 Blueshawk Deluxe or a Les Paul Florentine
  • With the Trio - a Masterbilt AJ-45 acoustic into the EV 30M PA
  • Other guitars you may see - an ES-295, 2008 Slash Les Paul, TV Yellow Les Paul Special, Les Paul Standard Pro & Gibson Grace Potter Flying V
  • Every gig, every time, he plays a StageClix V4 Wireless into a Quilter Labs MicroPro Mach II amp with an 8" speaker
  • Michael uses GHS Boomers GBL strings .010-.052 on the electrics, GHS Vintage Bronze strings on the acoustic and Dunlop Delrin 2.0mm picks
  • All guitar straps are made by Chad Little at Ethos Custom Brands in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Testimonials

    What People Are Saying About JR

    Contact JR

    You can reach JR by email through the form below or by snail-mail at MLT Productions.


    MLT Productions
    PO Box 266, Germantown, MD 20875