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Carl Verheyen Releases 17th Album, Riverboat Sky

Carl Verheyen Releases 17th Album, Riverboat Sky

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Road tested album approach reverses traditional record and tour process

LOS ANGELES, CA – July 6, 2023 – (GUITARpr) – Carl Verheyen, the critically acclaimed guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter is releasing his 17th album this summer. Riverboat Sky will be released in CD, vinyl and digital download formats. Pre-orders begin on July 7 with shipping starting immediately thereafter. The album rollout will continue through the summer with availability in record stores on August 25.

Thoroughly Road Tested

About Riverboat Sky, Carl says, “Supertramp leader Rick Davies always lamented how it’s a shame that the album was a demo for the tour. I agree, we’d spend 3 or 4 months making a ‘Tramp album, but on the subsequent tour the music would develop way beyond the record as the arrangements lived and breathed every night.”

Conversely, the music on Riverboat Sky was played live for a full year and a half before committing the songs to posterity. And by reversing the record and tour process, Carl was able to find the definitive arrangements and grooves for each song that no amount of rehearsing can achieve.

Featured Personnel

Carl’s touring band of John Mader, Dave Marotta and Troy Dexter was supplemented with Jim Cox on keys, Chad Wackerman on drums, and Alex Acuna on percussion. The title track is a duet that Carl sings with Sophia James (from American Idol).

The entire album was tracked and mixed on Danley Sound Labs studio monitors at Village Recorders and Sunset Sound, two of LA’s most iconic “Temples of Tone.” It was co-produced by acclaimed producer and recording engineer Mark Hornsby

Recording Details

As a former fulltime studio musician in the Los Angeles area, Carl explains, “I’m hopelessly spoiled. Yes, I can make a record in my home studio, but to my ears there’s nothing like mic’ing up a great sounding amplifier and manipulating tone in the air in a sonically special environment.”

The famous rooms at The Village Recorder and Sunset Sound have recorded some of the best guitar sounds in history. It takes time to select a guitar and match it to a pedal, an amp head, a speaker cabinet and a microphone or two, but it’s a very satisfying journey for any guitarist that truly cares about tones. Carl is lucky enough to live in a city where these historic rooms that he has worked in for the last 35 years are still available.

Throughout those years, Carl has collected many great guitars and amplifiers, but Riverboat Sky is the first recording where he introduced a Dumble Overdrive Special amp that he recently acquired.

He adds, “It took a few days to tame that beast, but the results were astounding.”

Preorder Riverboat Sky at: https://carlverheyen.com
CVB Tour Information at: https://carlverheyen.com/tour-dates/

About Carl Verheyen

Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. 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. The CVB tours all over the world and continues to draw fans on the festival circuit as well as theaters and clubs. Carl also works with Police drummer Stewart Copeland in his PDO project, playing the music of the Police with symphony orchestras around the USA.

He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 40 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern-day guitar scene.

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