Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Guitar Center Announces Their King of Blues Contest

YOU could be the next living legend of blues guitar!


World's Largest Guitar Competition Offers Career-Enhancing Grand Prize Package Including $25,000 Cash, Gear and Endorsement Deals; Grammy Award-Winning Guitarist Derek Trucks to Perform at Competition's Finals

Continuing its support of aspiring artists, Guitar Center ( the world's largest musical instrument retailer, today announced the launch of its fourth annual King of the Blues (, the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. Guitarists can sign-up at any of Guitar Center's 214 stores across the country for the chance to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and the opportunity to perform at the King of the Blues finals at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, and play on the same stage as Grammy Award-winning guitarist Derek Trucks. All store, district and regional finalists will win impressive prize packages including top gear from Gibson, Epiphone, Ernie Ball, Egnater and Boss. The guitarist crowned Guitar Center's King of the Blues will receive:

$25,000 cash • Endorsement Deals from Gibson, Ernie Ball, Boss and Egnater • A Feature in Guitar World Magazine • Gibson 1960 50th Anniversary ES-335 • Epiphone 1965 Elitist Casino • Egnater Renegade full-stack amplifier • Boss GT-10 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor and effects pedals "The Blues defines today's music--from Robert Johnson to Jack White and B.B. King to John Mayer," noted Dustin Hinz, Manager of Event Marketing and Promotions for Guitar Center. "Guitar Center is tapping into this rich and deep musical art form, so we can find true original talent--not clones of great guitarists, but rather great guitarists in their own right who deserve a place alongside the legends."

Local competitions will be held at each of the 214 Guitar Center locations nationwide, beginning May 13th. Each contestant will be required to give a live guitar solo, performed over one of thirty original backing tracks, developed by Grammy Award-winning producer/guitarist, Pete Anderson (all backing tracks are available for free download at One winner from each store will be chosen to move up to district competitions (25 locations), followed by regionally hosted semi-finals (5 locations), which culminate in the aforementioned King of the Blues finals competition on September 2nd. Here, the five finalists will perform in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges, and share the stage with world-renowned guitarist Derek Trucks, leader of the Grammy Award-winning Derek Trucks Band and member of The Allman Brothers Band. Trucks' extensive list of accolades and accomplishments includes being tapped by Eric Clapton to join the guitar legend's 2006/07 world tour as a featured soloist and appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone's "New Guitar Gods" issue, as well as being the youngest musician to make the magazine's "100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time."

If you're a serious blues guitarist, check it out and best of luck!

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