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Dec 6, 2012

Guitar Center Sessions, Exclusively On DIRECTV, Returns with Nine All-New Episodes Featuring Joe Walsh, Ben Folds Five, Jimmy Cliff, Skylar Grey, Kinky and more

Premier Episode Featuring Legendary Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh Airs December 7 on DIRECTV’s Audience Network

Renowned Music Journalist Nic Harcourt Returns to Host the Award Winning Television Series

Westlake Village, CA – Guitar Center is proud to announce that nine brand new episodes from their award-winning live performance and interview music television series, Guitar Center Sessions, will begin airing on Dec. 7 2012 exclusively on DIRECTV. The all-new episodes will feature dynamic artists Ben Folds Five, Skylar Grey, Jimmy Cliff, Papa Roach, Kinky, Hoobstank and more. The premier episode, with legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, will air on Friday, December 7, at 9pm on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (channel 239).

Guitar Center Sessions showcases exclusive live performances by the artists captured in hi-definition at Guitar Center’s famous Hollywood, CA location. Each episode also features intimate interviews conducted by renowned music journalist and taste maker Nic Harcourt, offering a rare behind the scenes view into the storied careers of music icons and the inspirations behind their music.

“In the upcoming episodes of Guitar Center Sessions we really get down to the root of how these artists have overcome their struggles on the road to success,” says Nic Harcourt. “These are musicians who have found a way to turn their passion into a profession and by sharing their stories we aim to inspire more artists to follow suit.”

Upcoming Guitar Center Sessions 2012 Episode Schedule:

Dec 7   Joe Walsh
Dec 14   Ben Folds Five
Dec 21   Meiko
Dec 28   Papa Roach
Jan 11   Hoobastank
Jan 25   Jimmy Cliff
Feb 8   Kinky
Feb 22   Andy Allo
March 8   Skylar Grey

Guitar Center Sessions

Guitar Center’s musical expertise as the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, paired with DIRECTV – world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services - ensures that each episode is delivered in the highest audio and visual quality.

“Guitar Center Sessions, a DIRECTV original series, provides viewers with an intimate concert experience. It’s almost as if the artist is performing right in their living rooms,” said Patty Ishimoto, VP Entertainment DIRECTV and General Manager Audience Network. “This unique production combines exceptional lighting, cameras and special cinema lenses in order to achieve the colors and contrasts of a classic film look to highlight these incredible performances."

“With limited quality platforms for artists to get their music heard, Guitar Center Sessions is our commitment to provide emerging and established talent with a world-class national television platform that exposes their music to the masses, while nourishing and inspiring music enthusiasts and fans across the globe,” says Dustin Hinz, Director of Music Marketing and Artist Relations for Guitar Center.

As the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments, Guitar Center is dedicated to supporting the global music community and providing musicians with opportunities to get their music heard. Guitar Center’s musicianship programs include the award winning music television series Guitar Center Sessions, the weekly radio show Connections Made By Guitar Center, and the acclaimed podcast series At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt as well as various competition based programs such as Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center Drum Off, Guitar Center On-Stage and Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues.

Past artists featured on Guitar Center Sessions include Peter Gabriel, Weezer, Jane's Addiction, Alanis Morissette, The Cult, CAKE, Jakob Dylan, Blondie, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Bush and Peter Frampton.

About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 238 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company's Web site at www.guitarcenter.com.

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