The founder of The Custom Shop, Murat started playing guitar at 14. His musical influences range from the blues legends Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King, Peter Green, Mike Bloomfield, Luther Allison, Buddy Whittington and Gary Moore to the hard rockers Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Slash and Randy Rhoads.
Murat was born to a Turkish father and Turkish-American mother in Turkey, where he lived through his youth. After having spent over a decade on the East Coast, Murat has been residing in Louisville, Colorado since 2000.
During the day, Murat is Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany and the treasurer of the Mile High Blues Society.
ON KEYBOARDS & PIANO:
Scott "Shack" Hackler
Since moving to Colorado in 2012, Scott has performed regularly in the Denver metro area and around the state, both as a solo artist and as a member or guest artist with numerous area bands.
Scott is the proud father of two sons, Grant and Sheldon. He currently resides in Golden, Colorado.
ON DRUMS & PERCUSSION:
Besides freelancing with The Custom Shop, you can catch Carleton holding down the rhythm for the Outliers, Rex Peoples Band, Alan Knight and Company and Roundhouse. In January 2016, Carleton will be part of the Rex Peoples Band representing the Colorado Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
These days, Jim can be found playing live with Alan Knight and Company and The Custom Shop.