12 QUESTIONS WITH CARL VERHEYEN

Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
Started at age 11, never stopped. Played rock, folk, blues in high school and studied jazz in college. Began doing studio work in 1978, joined Richard Elliot’s band in ’82, joined Victor Feldman’s jazz band in ’84. Joined Supertramp in ’85, embarking on many world tours until the present. Started the CVB in ’88, began touring in ’97 until present. Still doing studio work when in town as well as producing, writing and various educational pursuits.

What inspired you to start playing guitar?
George Harrison and Roger McGuinn.

What was your first electric guitar?
A strange 4 pickup Japanese monstrosity called an Orpheus.

What are your top 5 favorite records?
“Wheels of Fire” (Cream)
“Kind of Blue” (Miles Davis)
“King of the Blues Guitar” (Albert King)
“Standard Brands” (Lenny Breau and Chet Atkins)
“Rubber Soul” (Beatles)

What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
Playing live for 87,000,000 people on the Academy Awards was pretty cool. Playing a festival in Switzerland for 160,000 fans was nice. Hearing my songs on the radio, although a rarity, is also very sweet.

How did you hear about Reverend?
I saw them at the NAMM show in Los Angeles, played them and loved the sound!

What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
Manta Ray and Slingshot.

What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
Tone and weight! They’re light and they sound good.

What amps and pedals do you currently use?
Way too numerous to mention. 45 amps and 165 pedals….at least!

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
I like to barbecue and wash my car.

Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
Learn everything you dig.

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
Two Supertramp tours coming this year and a CVB tour in Europe followed by a west coast tour. Also a killer new live DVD, “The Road Divides.”