Carl Verheyen – Riverboat Sky (CD)
Riverboat Sky is a collection of accessible songs written and road-tested by guitarist Carl Verheyen, and his band of virtuoso musicians.
Verheyen reflects on how he “learned a valuable lesson, from all those years making records and touring with Supertramp. We always lamented that the record was a demo for the tour, because the songs developed so much more on the road. This time I was fortunate to play the music for a year and a half before committing it to CD and vinyl, so the songs feel much more fully realized. It was a luxury recording music we all knew so well.”
This is reflected in the musicianship heard on the album, which includes a masterful duet between Carl and Sophia James – of American Idol fame – on Riverboat Sky’s title track. The supporting musicians consist of Verheyen’s regular touring band – Dave Marotta (bass), John Mader (drums) and Troy Dexter (keyboards); who are supplemented by Jim Cox, Alex Acuna and Chad Wackerman.
1) Spike the Punch
3) Electric Chair (Studio Tour)
4) Riverboat Sky
5) April Surprise
6) Queen Bee
8) Jamaica Say You Will