Guitarist for Mambo Sons and a Solo Artist
Tom Guerra, a solo artist, songwriter/guitarist whose credits are extraordinary. He has worked with a lot of well-known musicians throughout his career and has been in bands including Mambo Sons, The Dirty Bones Band, and The Delrays. Since 2014, he has released four solo albums, including his brand new release, Sudden Signs of Grace. The video for Sudden Signs of Grace features cameo appearances by many of his musician friends, such as, Dan Baird, GE Smith, Christine Ohlman, Jon Butcher, and Morgan Fisher, to name a few.
Writer for Vintage Guitar Magazine and more
Besides being a skilled songwriter/guitarist, he’s also known for his features in Vintage Guitar and ToneQuest Report magazines. One of his most treasured articles is his story on Andy Fraser, the bassist for the band, Free. Andy saw the article he did about Paul Kossoff, and asked Tom if he would write his story.
A Passion for Blues and Rock
At an early age, Bruce was fascinated by guitars and built his own guitar when he was just seven years old, and he has been playing ever since. Bruce is a blues-based singer-songwriter, and his influences are: Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, and Jackson Browne to name a few. Bruce has played with many well-known musicians including, Wings’ drummer Steve Holley, bassist Paul Page from the Ian Hunter Band, and DownTown Mystic guitarist/vocalist, Robert Allen, and many more. Bruce has appeared onstage playing blues-rock music at New York City, Los Angeles, and San Diego venues for over three decades. Bruce’s songs have been featured on prime time TV shows in the U.S., as well as internationally. Bruce has also had a career in the audio side of the music world as an audio technician for music videos, movies, radio, and more. His song Goodbye was used in the television show, ZOO. His publishing company is called Twincliff Music.
New album in the works for 2020?
Bruce’s new album is not yet titled, but the first single was recently released titled, Not You and Me. The album will be Bruce’s first new album in seven years. His previous two releases are Go Back (featuring Steve Holley, Paul Page, and Robert Allen) released in 2012, and Hudson River Anthology, released in 2013. The single and video from the album, Somewhere In-Between, has received a lot of attention. The video was directed and shot by Netherlands based DP, Roeland Bentvelzen. Music features Brett Engler on Drums, Dave Hedden on Percussion, and Angus McEachern on Bass Guitar.
Jamsphere Magazine had this comment
“Bruce Engler’s vocals are captivating all the way through and the songwriting writing is just brilliant.” – Jamsphere Magazine, January, 2020
Video interview with Bruce Engler
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Video of “Not You and Me”
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The Outcrops are a new band to hit the scene in New Jersey. Their album will be released October 13th.
MusicXplorer asks, who are The Outcrops?
Cassidy Rain and Bryan Schroeder are the founding members from Sussex County, New Jersey, both of whom are self-taught musicians. Cassidy is the lead-vocalist and plays rhythm guitar, while Bryan is the lead guitarist.
Prior to The Outcrops, Bryan was the drummer in two other bands. His father, a guitar player, was a big influence. Cassidy says she has always been singing, and took up guitar at the age of 14; playing a lot of open mic nights. In addition to her work in The Outcrops, Cassidy also plays in a female duo, Second Hand Smoke. Upon seeing the Allman Brothers Band, she was taken away and knew that their style was the inspiration she needed to hone in her own style.
The Outcrops formed in 2016. Their debut album, Peace of Mind, produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, is scheduled for release October 13, 2019. Their music is a flavor of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, old country, and jazz. Their influences include: The Allman Brothers, Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, BB King, and Buddy Guy, to name a few. Citizen Band Radio will be hosting their album release party at Bernie’s Hillside Lounge in Chester, New Jersey. The show starts at 6:00 PM.
Soul in the music
When Jay Jannuzzi of Blue Raven Entertainment, contacted MusicXplorer about interviewing Cassidy and Bryan to promote the band and the release of the album, it was obvious he was really excited about them. After meeting them and listening to their music, it was clear right away what he saw. They have a style of playing you don’t see everyday with new artists. Cassidy has such soul in her voice, and with Bryan’s skilled guitar playing, they are a great combination. With their songs Peace of Mind, Skeleton Key, and Lost Days, you get a true sense for what they are reaching.
Past gigs and future plans
The Outcrops have received great reviews prior to the release of the album, and won the Second Annual SOPAC Blues Challenge. They have shared the stage with John Ginty, Tim Carbone, and Grammy-nominated artist, The Alex P. Suter Band, among others. The band will be going on the road to support the album, and will be playing at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, DC. They will also be at the Newton Theater in March, 2020.
Trailer video of the interview with Cassidy and Bryan of The Outcrops
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