Continuing its support of aspiring artists, Guitar Center (www.guitarcenter.com ) the world's largest musical instrument retailer, today announced that Hacienda Heights's own Randy Scott has advanced beyond thousands of other guitarists and been named one of five finalists in its fourth annual King of the Blues (www.guitarcenter.com/kingoftheblues ), the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered blues guitar player.
Randy Scott and the other finalists will gather on September 2nd at 7 PM at the House of Blues in Los Angeles to 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 Allman Brothers Band -- as well as Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David "Honeyboy" Edwards. Tickets to the event can be purchased by visiting
If Randy Scott is crowned Guitar Center's King of the Blues, he/she 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
Local King of the Blues competitions were held at Guitar Center locations nationwide, beginning May 13th. Each contestant was required to give a live guitar solo, performed over one of thirty original backing tracks, developed by Grammy Award-winning producer/guitarist, Pete Anderson. One winner from each store was chosen to move up to district competitions (25 locations), and one winner was chosen from each district competition to compete in the regionally hosted semi-finals (5 locations).
The success of last year's reigning champion, Kirby Kelley, is testimony to GuitarCenter's support of aspiring artists as he was recently selected to play at the Eric Clapton-curated Crossroads Guitar Festival on June 26th at Toyota Park in Chicago, IL, opening for a long list of legendary artists, including: ZZ Top; Steve Winwood; BB King; JeffBeck; Vince Gill; Sheryl Crow; Buddy Guy, John Mayer and Clapton himself.
King of the Blues is one of many Guitar Center initiatives created to foster growth and success within the music community, including its annual, Your Next Record, Guitar Center Sessions, King of the Blues, On-Stage and Drum-Off competitions, among others.