ROBERT BLACK

LEAD VOCAL - GUITAR

Robert Black is an Award Winning Tribute Artist performing nationwide. Robert Black’s authentic portrayal and exciting interpretation of artists such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Conway Twitty and many more, has made him one of the country’s most sought after, and popular tribute performers. Growing up a huge Creedence Clearwater Revival fan his dream was to be part of a CCR Tribute Band, and perform the music of one of America's greatest rock bands. A true professional, Robert’s crowd pleasing style, and spot-on mannerisms mixed with his unique blend of vocal talent, charisma, and personality make him a favorite of fans worldwide. Robert has played, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums in many bands at different times throughout his career.

 

Robert Black’s most appealing trait is that he has the ability to connect with the audience and make them feel like they are part of the show. Many fans from across the country think of him not only as their favorite entertainer, but also a good friend. He is very personable and has the ability to reach people and touch their hearts through his performances.

STEVEN A. BIGELOW

BASS GUITAR - VOCALS

Steven A. Bigelow is a versatile bassist/vocalist from the greater Providence area who plays a variety of genre's including Rock, Funk, Top 40 Dance Music, Roots, Blues, Swing, Country, and Cajun/Zydeco. With over 50 years of touring and recording experience, Steve has played on stage with notables including Pinetop Perkins, Gregg Allman, Willie Dixon, Foghat, Sleepy LaBeef, Marcia Ball, Dr. John, and Barbara Lynn to name a few.

Steve signed with Atlantic Records in 1989 with Neal & The Vipers and was recently inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame in April of 2019.

JOHN COTE

DRUMS 

John considers himself a Fortunate Son. John the fifth of six siblings. He started play gigs in the family band The Tru-Tones before the age of 10. Which made his mother Mary very Proud. He has fond memories of stopping at the Down on the Corner diner for the Midnight Special after gigs. At the ripe age of 16 he started playing with Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame inductees Neutral Nation. The Nation caused quite the Commotion opening for The Ramones, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and many more. Next stop was Rockin’ All Over the World with Big Nazo a real Travelin Band. Opening for Spinal Tapp and flying off to Japan, Bali, Singapore , England, Canada and representing the U.S. at the World Expo in Lisbon, Portugal. One of John’s lifelong dreams is to someday write a song for everyone, but if that Someday Never Comes he’s happy getting the opportunity to create music with local musicians and friends. John says “Long as I can See the Light, I’ll be out there banging away.”

RAY RENIERE

LEAD GUITAR - VOCALS

Ray Reniere, a versatile lead guitar player experienced in numerous Americana musical styles, most notably rockabilly , country , blues and rock . As a founding member of the Barley Hoppers he has opened for national acts such as The Mavericks, Marty Stuart and Dwight Yoakam. Ray grew up in Warren, RI and currently resides in Smithfield, RI.

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