Schemers – 2015

Led by Mark Cutler, The Schemers were at the top of the R.I. original music scene for nearly a decade, but a record deal eluded them. His next project, Raindogs, found major label success with two albums for Atco. Since 1995, Mark has released a series of nationally acclaimed solo albums.

Formed in the late 1970s during the Punk/New Wave era, The Schemers were at the center of the Rhode Island original music scene for nearly a decade. They won the WBRU Rock Hunt and Boston’s Rock ’n’ Roll Rumble talent contests and also released a series of successful independent singles. The major labels all came calling, but no record deal materialized.

In 1987, singer/songwriter Mark Cutler and guitarist Emerson Torrey formed Raindogs with the rhythm section from Columbia Records artists The Red Rockers and Scottish fiddler, Johnny Cunningham. Their unique sound put them at the forefront of the blossoming Americana music scene. They released two critically acclaimed albums for Atco Records and toured nationally with Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon and Don Henley.

Mark Cutler has since pursued a solo career, releasing six successful albums and is considered the most important Rhode Island songwriter of the modern era. In recent years, The Schemers have reunited for a series of sold-out concerts and in 2015 began recording their first full-length album.

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