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Band Review by Stew Liebman of Down In Front (prior on air performance Feb. 16)
Band Review by Stew Liebman of <i>Down In Front</i> (prior on air performance Feb. 16)<br /> The Caterpillar Book at the Crossroads - Jan. 17, 2009
The Caterpillar Book - "roots in the music of the sixties up to present rock and roll". Multi-instrumentalists / all the band members are songwriters and singers

Short story:
The Caterpillar Book is a multi-generational band and all band members are experienced players, songwriters and singers with roots in the music of the sixties up to present rock and roll. Vern Miller still actively records and tours with The Remains and Lead Guitarist, John Williams, is also a member of The Cucumbers. Ryan O'Dell, Kris Van Cleave and Dan Mertens have played music together since meeting in college 15 years ago and received airplay on several NYC/NJ stations as members of The Skat Back Ribs and Sandbox.

Longer story:
The Caterpillar Book

The Caterpillar Book is about change. It is about the growth and understanding that happens to all of us as we become our true selves.

Ryan O'Dell, Dan Mertens and Kris Van Cleave have been playing together since they met as students at school. Two CD's and several band names later, bassist Vern Miller joined the group, which is now called "The Caterpillar Book." Add in John Williams on guitar and the group was finalized. With roots that go deep into rock and roll, the band is full of influences but likens itself to Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Goo-Goo Dolls, Oasis and Counting Crows.

The Caterpillar Book performing at Operation Rock - Jan. 3, 2009

As well as being multi-instrumentalists, all the band members are songwriters and singers, which further contributes to the unique mix heard in their original material. "Our goal is to express ourselves as musicians and artists through songs that touch the heart and soul, make you laugh, make you think, and make no musical or philosophical compromises."

The Caterpillar Book's first CD, "Maybe This Summer" is now available digitally on iTunes and and physically on CDBaby.

The Caterpillar Book is:

  • Ryan O'Dell - Vocals/Guitar
  • Kris Van Cleave - Vocals/Keyboards
  • John Williams - Vocals/Lead Guitar
  • Vern Miller - Vocals/Bass Guitar
  • Dan Mertens - Vocals/Drums

Web sites:
Myspace Page
Facebook Page


For bookings and more info please contact Vern Miller (973) 663-4120,

Also see Stew Liebman bio (host of Down In Front).