Bio: The Outcrops play music with heart. They have dug their roots into rock'n'roll, blues, funk, R&B, old country and jazz. Their original music stems from the same soulful soil. Cassidy Rain (vocals/guitar) and Bryan Schroeder (lead guitar) started the band in 2016 with a passion for rock’n’roll and blues music from their love of bands such as the Allman Brothers, the Grateful Dead, and blues artists such as B.B King and Buddy Guy. Since then, The Outcrops have opened for Grammy nominated blues artist, Alexis P. Suter and they have shared the stage with Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), Andy Goessling (Railroad Earth), and John Ginty (Robert Randolph Band, Allman Betts band).
Currently, they are working on their debut album, due out this spring, with producer Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) in Delaware Water Gap, PA. The Outcrops, however, are known mostly for their live shows in which they often pay homage to artists such as Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Big Bill Broonzy, and Smokey Robinson. They hope to enliven every audience and shed a little sunlight on such timeless music.
"I've been around enough bands to know talent and creativity when I hear it," says Tom Skevin, a New Jersey-based journalist who also has worked as a band publicist and manager. "The Outcrops are an up-and-coming group of skilled musicians playing strong, original material and select covers. And Cassidy Rain sings from the heart in her own style." -Tom Skevin, Music Journalist/Promoter (NJ Herald)
"One of the most promising new bands I've heard over the last few years. Very strong songs and musicianship, and a dynamic stage show."-Jay Lustig, Editor, NJArts.net
"I think the Outcrops have undeniable big time talent led by Cassidy Rain and Bryan Schroder. Cassidy has a powerful yet melodic voice. She can hit these notes that resonate through your body yet she is singing not screaming...not many can do that...she is a special talent who is a good songwriter too. Bryan is a real special guitar player who can burn it up. Outcrops are top notch already and I am convinced are just going to keep getting better!"-Greg Lewis, Radio DJ (wnti.org)
"The Outcrops get better every time I see them perform! From humble beginnings to being ready for the big time! Remember their name…The Outcrops!" -Melanie Thiel, former GM WNTI Radio/Promoter