Friday, November 6, 2009

Florida Blues/Sacred Steel Guitar Player to Compete in Finals for King of the Blues Crown

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Guitar Center today announced the names of the Top 5 Blues guitarists in the country, who will compete in front of a live audience and a panel of judges at the upcoming King of the Blues Grand Finals on November 12, 2009 at the House of Blues Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA.

Roosevelt Collier, of Kissimmee, Florida, who plays with Florida based, internationally acclaimed group, The Lee Boys, has won in the semi-finals and will be a Grand Finalist at the November 12 competition in Los Angeles.
The four other Grand Finalists headed to Los Angeles on November 12 are Joshua Gooch (San Diego, CA), Kirby Kelley (N. Dallas, TX), Dan Peters (Morton Grove, IL) and Graham Whitford (NYC).

In addition to showcasing these aspiring guitarists as they compete for the King of the Blues crown and $25,000 cash, the Grand Finals will also feature performances by renowned blues guitarist and Gibson artist Joe Bonamassa, who was featured last week on "World Café," distributed by NPR. Check out the "World Café" interview and performance with Joe Bonamassa here.

Also performing at the event is Grammy Award winning producer and guitarist Pete Anderson, who's band will also back the 5 finalists. Anderson has worked with artists ranging from Roy Orbison to Dwight Yoakam to the Meat Puppets, and has released several solo records. Additionally the event will be hosted by guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Some of today's most iconic and groundbreaking artists, including BB King, John Mayer, The Black Crowes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Hubert Sumlin have participated at past King of the Blues events. With "the Blues" being the foundation for nearly all of today's popular music, the search for the nation's greatest undiscovered blues guitarist is expected to unearth a goldmine of unsigned talent, some of whom are destined to become tomorrow's legends.

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