Veteran player Carl Verheyen will perform at Boulevard Music this weekend of the umpteenth time, after a long time away. The CCN caught up with him to get the lowdown…
When did you start playing and performing?
I started playing guitar at age 11 when I got my first guitar and my first lesson on the same day. That was in 1965! The first song I learned was “Mr Tambourine Man,” the Byrds version. That song still jumps out of the radio at me!
Describe your sound…
I like to think my acoustic tone is the same as my electric sound based on touch and hands. But to describe my electric sound I like a bright and clear clean sound and a warm and fat distortion / solo tone with no high end sizzle or scratchy edges. It should be able to work in a rock band or with a symphony orchestra.
What are your career highlights so far?
Playing for 180,00 people with Supertramp at the Neon Festival in Switzerland. Playing with my own band for 2,000 people numerous times at various UK and German festivals. Playing with Stewart Copeland last month in Seattle with the Seattle Symphony. Playing on over 300 movie soundtracks and 250 records over the years in the LA studios.
What recorded music is available?
All of my 15 CDs are in print and available at carlverheyen.com. The newest one is called “Sundial” and was released last year.
Have you performed at Boulevard before?
YES! Many times. I’ve played solo, as a duet with a keyboard player, with my own band and with a group called Acoustic Asylum. Each time it’s something special and I always look forward to it. I’m glad they’re back on line with their concert series after taking a few years off!
What can we expect from the set this time?
The band has just come off a 2 week west coast tour followed by a 5 week European tour so we’re extra tight! We have a huge set list to choose from so I’ll pick the music that works best in a small, intimate venue and leans towards acoustic music.
What else do you have coming up?
In December I’ll play the Guitar Masters Series at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. Always a fun night!