Carl Verheyen Band + The Blackberry Brandies
Members of the Carl Verheyen Band include:
Carl Verheyen (guitar / vocals)
Stu Hamm (bass)
John Mader (drums)
“One of the Top 10 Guitar Players in the World” Guitar Magazine
“One of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time” Classic Rock Magazine
Carl Verheyen is a critically-acclaimed, Grammy®-nominated musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 12 CDs, two live DVDs and two books released worldwide. As a member of the rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As both a solo artist and as the creative force behind the Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres. Carl is commonly regarded as a tone master and guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction.
Verheyen has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for nearly 40 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl was heard by 67,000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards®, and was featured in the 2013 film documentary about the history of the electric guitar, Turn It UP!
Being with Supertramp for so many years, Carl has played “Bloody Well Right” 1,000 times or more. On this, the only vocal tune on the album, he reworks it with a swampy treatment on slide guitar and fellow Supertramp member John Helliwell on sax. The music really ramps up as Carl’s ode to coffee drinking called “Riding the Bean” gets underway.
Featuring the amazing Stu Hamm on bass, the song’s outro connects to the title song’s intro via an impromptu studio jam improvised right on the spot. The haunting melody of “Mustang Run” features a wild solo outing from electric violinist Jerry Goodman.
Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Johnson, a rhythm section that works for such diverse artists as Allan Holdsworth and James Taylor is featured on “Fourth Door on the Right.” This up-tempo jazzer also features saxophonist Bill Evans. On this and every other tune, Carl’s unique brand of improvising is presented with the gorgeous tones he’s known for. The CD closes with “Spirit of Julia,” a soulbaring blues lament in the style of Ray Charles’ deepest church-inspired hymns, bringing us full circle back to the bluesy language that began the record.
You can catch him at The Borderline!
The Blackberry Brandies
The Blackberry Brandies can’t be accused of procrastinating. In January 2013 they released their highly acclaimed first album „Love… And The Gun“. Now, only a little over one year later, they will release their new album „From Sinners To Saints“ in May 2014!
“The album is a musical confession, with honesty filled declarations. This is packed in one album with twelve songs.”
The Blackberry Brandies do not simply repeat their formula for success. The new album is blatant and definite proof that this band is more than an exceptional phenomenon in the Swiss music scene . They do not compromise, they simply do what they do best – without any regard for trends. Like only a few other bands, they’re capable of mixing different musical styles without losing their very own identity. And with new songs like ” Boom! “, “From Sinners To Saints “, ” Carol ” or “Crying Over You” from the new album, The Blackberry Brandies exclaim this once again, and very impressively.
The new songs all tell very personal stories. For Schelker & Baumgartner the last year was a rough ride. „From Sinners To Saints“ is their musical confession to document these tough times. “Love” is still ” The Gun “. But on the second album soft sounds give way to a loud protest . This melancholy theme seems to be inferior to the feeling of a new beginning. “From Sinners To Saints” is a wild and thrilling musical ride, far distant from cliches. Furthermore, the new album impresses with its originality and its enormous musical spectrum. With fury, The Blackberry Brandies insist to be heard. And they do so with honesty and authenticity. A rare commodity in the mishmash of the current music scene .
Prior to the release of „From Sinners To Saints” The Blackberry Brandies head out on a tour in the U.S. in April. After playing a successful support slot for Eric Clapton at last year’s Baloise Session they received invitations from two New York venues, to play shows in the Big Apple. This has grown into a full-blown tour and The Blackberry Brandies will play seven shows on the East Coast of the United States in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. After the album release in May, they will play clubs and festivals in Switzerland until the end of summer before leaving on an eight week European tour as special guest for cult guitarist Carl Verheyen.