Reckless Steamy Nights Finally Resumes
by Tom Baldino
After a winter storm scare which left rain, not the snow that postponed the January event, Reckless Steamy Nights finally returned to the Women’s Club of Red Bank with an appreciative audience of JSJBF members and friends. For the featured band, The Outcrops, it was two years ago when they were scheduled to play, but I don’t have to tell you what happened to that and every other gig on the planet! For this event, we were fortunate enough to have Tom DeAngelis and his Production House crew do a three-camera shoot to document the evening.
The Outcrops were formed in 2016 by vocalist on second guitar, Cassidy Rain, and lead guitarist Bryan Schroeder. They are supported by a rock solid rhythm section comprised of Jason Casanovas on bass and Max Adler on drums. Cassidy took some time off last year to start a family, which did nothing to dim her passion for the music. They have been managed by Jayson Jannuzzi, a terrific musician in his own right, and it looks like he’s found a winner here. These four, all in their twenties, have created some fine original songs which fit seamlessly with the great Americana and Blues songs they covered in their twenty song two-set performance.
They kicked the show off with the old Stax chestnut “Whata Man” which captured the soulful feel of the original and was highlighted by Cassidy’s sultry vocals and Bryan’s tasteful guitar. “Death at my Door,” an original from their debut CD “Peace of Mind,” was propelled by the band’s chunky rhythm with a bridge sung in a minor key, which was totally unique. From there, Bryan and his tobacco SG took over and drove the song to a rousing finish. “Big River,” a song written by Johnny Cash and covered by everyone from Bob Dylan to the Grateful Dead, sounded fresh in their hands. Cassidy has a voice that wraps around the lyrics, and her light touch on the Gibson ES339 gives it the right feel. They dipped back into the mid-1950’s for Earl Forest’s “Next Time You See Me,” a shuffle that had the audience rocking in their seats. Their song “Miss Melinda” was a funky up-tempo number made memorable by Bryan’s guitar which here had that Allmans/Derek Trucks feel without being derivative. Another original, “Cryptic Blues,” had that swampy feel of a southern setting where you could envision the Spanish moss hanging from the live oak trees in the low country. It’s a powerful thing when a song can evoke an image within an aural setting.
The encore was co-writer and singer Etta James’s signature song “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and the band did not disappoint. Cassidy summoned the vocal power to do the song proud and the band was with her every step of the way. It was a fitting ending to the musical journey this not to be missed band took us on.
Please do yourself a favor and Google their schedule. We hope to have them as a participant in the IBC local competition in October, date to be announced. You can also hear Jayson’s band, Sweet Fanny Adams, this summer at the Long Branch Sunday night series, Bands by the Beach on August 7th.
Performance DATE: Friday, February 25, 2022
Time: 8:00 – 10:00
Admission: $20 goes towards this year’s Scholarships
Address: 164 Broad St. , Red Bank, NJ 07701
For more information call: 732-933-1984
BYOB, Water and some snacks available
The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation presents monthly concerts at The Woman’s Club of Red Bank