By Franklin Abbott
City Winery Atlanta is now open at Ponce City Market (and has its liquor license) and one of the first acts to grace its new stage will be guitarist Carl Verheyen from the legendary rock band Supertramp on June 24.
Verheyen, who just realized one of his biggest wishes by appearing on the cover of Guitar Player magazine, is recognized as one of the world’s best guitarists. His fascination with strings began as a child playing his father’s ukelele. At age 11 he received a guitar for his birthday and has been obsessed with the instrument ever since.
He says that his parents would chide him to stop practicing.
Growing up on the California coast, Verheyen was drawn to the music that came out of the surfing scene. He played in high school bands and became interested in jazz. He began to work as a studio musician in his early 20’s and learned to read every style of music. You have probably heard Verheyen many times outside of his work with Supertramp: He provided source music for “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Wars.” He’s also backed up everyone from Brad Paisley to Cher.
He says that while he enjoys studio work, and the money that comes with it, there is something “soul satisfying” about playing to a live audience. He still tours with Supertramp once or twice a year, but also tours with a small band of his own choosing to play more intimate rooms. He is touring now with the band that joins him on his latest album, “The Grand Design.” He describes his music as virtuoso guitar vocal based blues-rock.
Also on the bill for the Friday nigh show is noted acoustic guitarist Andy McKee.
For more information and tickets, visit citywinery.com/atlanta.
Franklin Abbott is an Atlanta based psychotherapist, consultant, writer and organizer.