ROSWELL, Ga. – The Six String Social Club opens its 11th annual concert season with Grammy Award-winning acoustic guitarist Ed Gerhard Saturday, Feb. 8.
From sold out tours in Japan to headlining festivals in Italy, Gerhard’s music has touched concert audiences all over the world. Over the years, this will be his ninth appearance in Roswell at Ragamuffin Music Hall at the corner of Ga. 9 where Marietta Highway dead ends just south of the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Gerhard stands out among instrumental performers for his ability to captivate audiences with virtuosity, generosity and humor, said Eddie Mathis, Six String Social Club president.
“His fans just love him,” Mathis said. “Most guitarists have one strength, whether it’s playing fast or fancy or with great technique.
“He is known for his gorgeous tone. He is the king of tone. Gerhard can move a listener with just one note,” he said. “He has a tone that just washes over you. It’s very melodic, very soothing.”
To accommodate his many fans, Gerhard is performing two shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Only 50 seats are available for each show.
Gerhard returns to Roswell celebrating the highly anticipated release of his new CD “There and Gone,” a collection of original compositions and covers including a stunning arrangement of “Imagine/Across the Universe,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and a concert favorite on Weissenborn, “Killing the Blues.”
The Weissenborn was developed in Hawaii and is the father of the pedal steel guitar.
“It is designed to be a background instrument, but Gerhard brings it up front to be a lead instrument,” Mathis said. “Nobody else gets that rich depth of tone from a Weissenborn.”
It is his trademark.
Andy Ellis of Premier Guitar magazine says, “[Gerhard plays] ... some of the richest steel-string sound you’ve ever heard.”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine writes “... his recordings and live performances have established him as one of the most exciting of the guitar-composers.” Ken Burns featured his music in his documentaries “Mark Twain” and “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”
His CD “Luna” is featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 20th anniversary list of the 240 Essential Albums.
Ed Gerhard in Concert
Saturday, Feb. 8
Two shows: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Ragamuffin Music Hall
585 S. Atlanta Street, Roswell
Tickets: $35 at door
or call 770-365-7738