Mark Cutler & The Men of Great Courage and Becky Chace Band – 9/17/2016

They are an original rock & roll band with rootsy songs and contagious onstage energy.

Inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2015, Mark was the driving force behind Providence stalwarts The Schemers and Boston’s Atco recording artists The Raindogs. In shows full of fan favorites from an award winning 30+ year songwriting career, MC is liable to pull out a great new song written late last night.

Aside from his songwriting, singing and guitar slinging, Cutler’s courageous current line-up includes Schemers Jimmy Berger on bass & backing vocals & Richard Reed on organ and piano alongside Bob Kirkman on acoustic guitar & banjo, and drummer/percussionist Rick Couto.

For nearly twenty years, Becky Chace has been carving out her place as one of Rhode Island’s most revered and prolific singer/songwriters. Together with guitarist Brian Minisce, Becky has independently released ten critically acclaimed full-length albums. A throwback to the artists of the 1960s and 70s placed intimate acoustic country ballads on the same records with blues rock and pop, Becky serves up a “…steamy cauldron of music, purveying the sort of countrified roots/folk rock that hits with a gritty, earthy edge.” (The Worcester Telegram) This summer, The Becky Chace Band, which includes bassist and brother to Brian, Mark Minisce, and drummer Eric Hastings, will release “Wire Girl,” a mix of r&b, blues, and rock that accentuates the band’s ability to leave their audience feeling exhilarated.

The band’s catalog of original music is vast and genre-defying. The varied nature of the band’s style is captured by viewing a short list of some of the performers Becky and her band mates have opened for – B.B. King, America, Keb Mo, Melissa Etheridge, Joan Jett, Judi Collins, and Cheryl Wheeler. In 2000, when The Boston Globe called Chace’s “Take Your Shot,” “a stunning collection of original roots rock, folk, and blues,” some warned that Chace’s style was too tough to pin down. Her refusal to succumb to a label has been the very thing that audiences continue to appreciate.