Darrell Veencamp, 53, has been singing, playing guitar and composing songs since his teenage years, and will realize a dream Saturday night when his debut CD, "We Worship and Adore You," is released.
The CD contains 14 tunes, all composed by the Cherokee man. Most of his songs have a Christian-themed lyric - two exceptions being one song about working in a packing house and another about a woman from Newell who bakes bread. Veencamp describes his musical style as "folk-pop," citing Simon and Garfunkel and the late Dan Fogelberg as early musical influences.
Darrell Veencamp was born in Cherokee, but grew up in Storm Lake, graduating from Storm Lake High School. He and his wife, Yvonne, have been married for 29 years and have one son, Aaron 23, who also lives in Cherokee.
Darrell has been employed at Tyson Deli in Cherokee for the last four years.
He recorded his CD at Cherokee Recording Studios, under the capable producing skills of Dr. David Klee of DAK Productions. In addition to Veencamp's vocal and acoustic guitar, Dr. Klee played bass guitar on some of the tracks and flute on others, and other instrumentation (strings and brass) and vocals were provided by other area musicians.
The final product was brought together by Klee and Veencamp and the CD, photos, song lyrics and other information were sent to an East Coast company called Disc Makers, for final packaging and manufacturing. The company has sent back samples of the CD packaging a couple of times for final approval from Klee and/or Veencamp, and Darrell said he feels that "things are running a little tight" for him to receive a shipment of CDS before this Saturday's release party at The Gathering Place.
As of this writing, Disc Makers was planning to ship a partial order to Veencamp in time for the event Saturday night, then ship the remainder a short while later.
If all goes as planned, people who attend the show at The Gathering Place on Saturday night will be able to purchase the 14-song CD that evening. In an attempt to replicate the sound of the full instrumentation on the CD, Veencamp will be accompanied by Klee and a few other musicians Saturday evening.
The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Gathering Place. The cost of admission, as usual, will be a free will donation at the door. The expected cost of the CD is approximately $14.