The Carl Verheyen Band ~ Bogie’s, Westlake Village ~ 1/25/18
Review and Pictures: Sheri Hastings
Carl Verheyen, long time member of the band Supertramp, also has quite the extensive solo career of his own. Carl has been noted by Guitar Magazine as one of the 10 top guitarists in the world. His fantastic guitar playing offers a great blend of blues, jazz & rock, which I’ve heard him refer to as “swamp rock” (which is his country-fied version of all those styles combined).
His live shows aren’t usually structured with a written setlist, which makes it fresh and keeps his “always prepared” band mates on their toes. (Worse case, they can always refer to the “Carl Verheyen Songbook”…haha). On this tour you can expect to hear not only selections from his latest solo record, “Essential Blues”, but other original songs from his extensive solo catalog, as well as versions of songs by Freddie King, Ray Charles, Albert Lee, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Peter Greene, and of course, Supertramp.
Carl is also quite the personable performer, engaging the audience with stories of how he was inspired to write his own original songs; Whether it’s about his 85 year old mom, “stealing gasoline” during his youth, a girl on her cell phone at one of his concerts in Europe, or attending a clinic by Segovia (a Spanish classical guitarist), to name a few.
Carl brought with him a tight knit band of accomplished musicians, consisting of Dave Marotta on bass (who has worked with the likes of Colbie Caillet, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, and many others)
John Mader on drums, who most recently played drums for the musical Hamilton in both the San Francisco & Los Angeles productions and has also worked with many others in the rock, funk & R&B world.
The great Mark LeVang, who toured with Neil Diamond and has played keyboards, synthesizers & Hammond B3 in numerous movie soundtracks.
Also, a special friend of theirs, Craig Copeland, an awesome vocalist/guitarist, joined them on stage to take over the vocal duties & play guitar on a couple tunes.
“CVB” will be gearing up for their European tour by dusting off the cobwebs with a couple of local L.A. shows at 2 intimate venues: The Baked Potato and another show at Bogie’s Bar in mid-April. I highly recommend catching them for a great, fun night of music!
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