out·crop /ˈoutˌkräp/ : an outstanding rock formation
From the woods of Northern New Jersey, the Outcrops bring original blues-infused rock’n’roll. The four-piece band was formed in 2016 by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Cassidy Rain & lead guitarist Bryan Schroeder. As a singer, Cassidy has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi but her raw sensibility as front person could as easily bring comparisons to blues legends like Howlin Wolf or Muddy Waters. Bryan’s playing falls somewhere between Duane Allman and Derek Trucks, as many fans have pointed out. Bryan has also noted Jerry Garcia as a major influence. His long flowing lead lines throughout songs intertwine with Cassidy’s vocal phrases to create a very melodic sound that sets the tone for The Outcrops. The rhythm section of the band includes Jason Casanovas on bass and Max Adler on drums. Both Max and Jason bring a funk and soul feel that melds beautifully with Cassidy and Bryan creating their band tag: Rock & Roll, Blues & Soul.
CASSIDY RAIN - LEAD VOCALS / RHYTHM GUITAR
Cassidy’s musical journey began before she can remember-- she was singing and memorizing songs when she started talking. At the age of 5, her parents got her a tape recorder that she used constantly to record songs she heard and sang. By the time she was 10 years old, she had already started writing her own songs. At 14, she picked up the acoustic guitar and it became her fondest companion; she took it everywhere with her-- to school, to the beach. Her guitars have their share of knicks and bruises from their ventures.
BRYAN SCHROEDER - LEAD GUITAR / BACKUP VOCALS
Bryan’s journey in music began early as well, attending his dad’s band’s shows from a very young age. There are photos of him and his cousin on stage with his dad’s band, toy guitars in hand. However, Bryan’s first musical venture was in drumming, and he played drums for years before learning to play guitar. He began to really hone in on the instrument when he moved to California and was able to spend hours playing everyday.
JASON CASANOVAS - BASS / BACKUP VOCALS
Jazz. Funk. Blues. Soul.
Jason is an in the pocket player. He is widely recognized for an infectious smile and the groove his bass and body create during live shows. The audience can’t help but to get up, smile and dance as Jason pours out the bottom end. He plays by instinct and with a natural feel that is undeniable.
MAX ADLER - DRUMS
Max rounds out The Outcrops rhythm section with a fluid groove that carries the band along like the ebbs and flows of a river. Just like the great blues, soul and rock bands of the 60's and 70's his style has a foundation in Jazz. Max was a student of the Jazz program at Montclair State University in New Jersey and he uses his knowledge and skills to add flavors and dynamics imprinting his style on the band's sound.