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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Sundial'
Artist - Carl Verheyen

For those not in the know, in his 50-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl Verheyen has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career.

Indeed, he is a critically acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with fifteen albums and two live DVDs released worldwide.

Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 38 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows.

As a solo artist, Verheyen 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. Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK.

A member of the 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.

A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry.

His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits is enviable. 67,000,000 people heard Carl as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He is also heavily featured in the documentary film about the electric guitar called Turn It Up!

As an active performer, songwriter, teacher and producer Carl continues to work and practice the guitar everyday.

His brand new album, Sundial (releasing April 9th, 2021 via Cranktone Entertainment) is an esoteric record comprising of rock, funk, ska, soulful ballads and afro-pop music. Recorded during the music industry’s “Grand Pause” of 2020, guitarist Verheyen adopted an “anything goes” concept and musical variety is most definitely the theme.

1. 'Sundial'
2. 'Kaningie'
3. 'Clawhammer Man'
4. 'Never Again'
5. 'Garfunkel (It Was All Too Real)'
6. 'People Got To Be Free'
7. 'Spiral Glide'
8. 'Michelle’s Song'
9. 'No Time For A Kiss'
10. 'Sundial Slight Return'

Opening with the title track 'Sundial' (a track imbued with acoustic and electric guitars, piano, organ and backing vocals), the song soars through jazz-rock, prog-rock and even folk-rock tonalities, which all lead us neatly on to the up tempo instrumental 'Kaningie.

Inspired by a record collection of Afro-pop recordings and crossing it with the feel of the Santana classic 'Soul Sacrifice,' Verheyen has written a wild and relentless melody for this track, and one captured live with two drummers, none the less.

Next up is the brilliant 'Clawhammer Man, a song that has been told to have grown from a two bar lick played out of a tiny four watt amplifier, and that's backed by the melodic blues undertones of 'Never Again' and 'Garfunkel (It Was All Too Real)' (a song created especially by Verheyen in memory of the day, as a 15 year-old boy, in a hotel lobby in Alberta, Canada, he stopped to play the intro to the #1 song of the day, only for Art Garfunkel to appear behind him and sing along!)

The Rascals have always been a favorite band of Verheyen’s and Felix Cavalier one of his favorite singers, so next we get treated to an up tempo rendition of the Ska tune 'People Got To Be Free,' which is followed by 'Spiral Glide,’ his tribute to David Gilmour ("a true English gentleman and lifelong inspiration.”.

'Michelle’s Song,' which was born from listening to a long forgotten Elton John tune from the '70s movie soundtrack called ‘Friends,' is Verheyen's reimagined beautiful tune with a southern rock meets country feel, and then the album rounds out with the blues rock ballad 'No Time For A Kiss,' closing on one last ponderance within 'Sundial Slight Return.'

“The title track ‘Sundial’ was an attempt to write a healing and uplifting piece of music that makes me feel good every time I hear it,” says Verheyen.

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