Red Carpet Interview
1996 outstanding guitarist – 6th annual la music awards
1996 Performer – 6th annual LA Music Awards
1997 Scheduled Featured Guest – 7th annual LA Music Awards “Supertramp”
Nominee – 11th Annual LA Music Awards 2001
Carl William Verheyen (born 1954), is an American guitarist, known for his work in Supertramp and also for being a session guitarist. He is an adjunct instructor of studio jazz guitar for the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California.
Verheyen has authored instructional books, including Improvising Without Scales, as well as Studio City, a collection of articles written for the magazine Guitar for the Practicing Musician from 1996–1999. In 1996 Carl won the LA Music Awards category of Best Guitarist.
His first solo album was entitled No Borders; his follow up, Garage Sale, features his own vocals. 1998’s Slang Justice, Verheyen’s third release, was the first time he toured to support one of his records. His tour bandmates included bassist Cliff Hugo, drummers Chad Wackerman, Steve DiStanislao and Bernie Dresel. Slingshot, released in 1998, included drummer Gregg Bissonette and keyboard legend Jim Cox. Verheyen continued to play as a session player on other artists’ records, for acts such as the Bee Gees and Cher, as well as for movie soundtracks including The Crow and The Usual Suspects. In January 2000, he released the CD Atlas Overload, followed in 2001 by a solo guitar album titled Solo Guitar Improvisations.
Verheyen has produced instructional DVDs and online lessons. He has produced a book and CD combination which profiles his “intervallic” style called Improvising Without Scales; as well as a book entitled Studio City, a compilation of all the columns written by him for Guitar Magazine between 1996 and 1999. He writes a monthly column for Chitarre, an Italian guitar publication.
In 2001, Verheyen released a collaborative work entitled Reel to Real with Karl Ratzer, an Austrian jazz guitarist. Recorded in two days, it consisted of extended “jams” and interactive musical exchanges between the two guitarists and the assembled rhythm section. Shortly afterwards, he released a collection of past songs entitled Six, featuring a cover of Lennon–McCartney’s “Yes It Is”. The band toured extensively behind this record, playing in 14 countries over the course of two years.
In 2005 he recorded Rumor Mill, a DVD box set. His latest release was in 2007 with Take One Step, featuring an extended piece called “Bells of April”.
Throughout 2009 he toured the UK, giving guitar tutorial and instruction.
In early 2011 Verheyen released the live DVD The Road Divides featuring previously unreleased material (“The Road Divides”) extended jams and acoustic numbers (“Henry’s Farm” and “Jerry’s Breakdown”). The package included interview footage with Verheyen, Dave Marotta on bass, and Walfredo Reyes, Jr. on drums, and was directed by Nigel Dick.
On August 1, 2013, Verheyen released Mustang Run on the Cranktone Entertainment label.