Chris Carrington 75 was playing guitar in a Dallas restaurant one night when guitarists Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco de Lucia walked in. After dinner, Di Meola left his number and asked Carrington to call anytime he was in New York. A few years later Carrington was on the road with the fusion guitarist. They toured the globe for 10 years, recording two CDs together.
I was blessed to be given the chance to go out and play concerts all over the world, Carrington says. But I was not enamored with the touring lifestyle.
Prior to Di Meola, Carrington toured Europe twice with the Heidelburg Chamber Orchestra and made some 100 appearances internationally as clinician for Ovation/Takamine Guitars. In 1998 he left touring behind and now plays gigs in Dallas, hand builds electric classical guitars, and spends more time with his wife and three sons, ages 6, 9, and 13.
I build guitars and practice during the day and I support my family doing exactly what I want to do, says Carrington, who has a masters degree in classical guitar from Southern Methodist University.
The son of professional musicians, Carrington began studying music at age 4 in Caracas, Venezuela. When he was 11, his family moved to New York. It was a big shock to move from Manhattan to Mount Vernon, he recalls, but within two weeks I was in love with Iowa.