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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Rick Kreiser seeks out the most talented musicians to play for Bakersfield. And he has done it again, bringing Carl Verheyen to a Guitar Masters solo gig this week.
"It's just mind-blowing to hear them play because they truly are masters of the art," Kreiser, with Carney's Business Technology Center, said of the artists he brings Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
Verheyen will be the fourth musician to perform in the intimate and personal environment, where seating is limited.
Calling from his home in Topanga, Verheyen said that at age 11, he knew exactly what he wanted to do for a living.
"My cousins had posters and pictures of George Harrison covering the ceilings, and I said to myself, that's what I want to do," Verheyen said.
Known for his work in Supertramp, Verheyen is also a session guitarist. Versatility is one of the most important skills for session musicians because they work in music styles such as rock, jazz, country, pop and other music.
"To make a living being a guitar player, you can't just play one genre. Those who are hirable are those that can play everything," Verheyen said.
Apart from touring around the country for about seven and a half weeks at a time, Verheyen is also an adjunct instructor of studio jazz guitar for the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California.
But Verheyen is taking time from his busy schedule and driving to Bakersfield Thursday.
The gig starts at 7:30 p.m. at American Sound Recording, 2231 R St. -- Studio A .
Tickets are $30. For more information, visit www.carlverheyen.com.