Thursday, July 24, 2014

CD Review: World Reknown Guitarists Carl Verheyen And Peppino D'Agostino Release New Music

Former Supertramp guitarist Carl Verheyen released his thirteenth solo album entitled "Mustang Run" last year and is promoting it with a world tour that will bring him to Europe this fall. The eleven-song release is almost entirely instrumental, except for his cover of Supertramp's "Bloody Well Right." Carl mixes genres, beginning with the rockabilly feel of "Taylor's Blues," which allows him to get things rocking right from the start.  He explores his progressive rock side with the six-minute, guitar-fueled tempo of "Fusioneers Disease," then heads to the more mainstream "Amandola," which sounds like a hit single that is missing the vocals. The tempo picks up with the quick-pace of "Riding The Bean," before closing with the funkiness of "Fourth Door On The Right" and the laid back blues of "Spirit Of Julia."

The Carl Verheyen Band have a few shows out along the west coast, before heading to Europe at the end of September. To find out more about Carl and his latest album "Mustang Run," please visit carlverheyen.com.
 
World famous Italian guitar virtuoso Peppino D'Agostino will be releasing is new instrumental studio album "Penumbra" this fall. Since arriving in the U.S. over 25 years ago, D'Agostino has been hailed by his peers as one of the best guitar composers in the trade. His new twelve-song album is a collection of originals and compositions of some of his favorite guitar composers, including two songs written specifically for him by Latin Grammy award-winner Sergio Assad. Beginning with the titled-song, D'Agostino slowly feels his way around, plucking the strings until reaching the rhythm heavy second half of the song. The two-minute "Peppino Sotto Portico" puts D'Agostino's skills to the test on this wonderful piece, while his rendition of Roland Dyens' "Valse des Anges" captures your attention with its exciting chord changes and unspoken story. The heavy strumming of "Irican" and the gentle plucking of "Incantation" shows the diversity in D'Agostino's magically instrumental appeal. He portrays his emotions through his guitar with the bright, energetic sound of "MB Love" and the dark, stern feel of "Sergio." The album finishes with D'Agostino painting a clear picture in your mind with the melody of "The Blue Ocean."

Peppino D'Agostino will begin his tour over in Europe this month, before coming to the U.S. in mid-August. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new album "Penumbra," please visit peppinodagostino.com.

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