16 July 2010


Guitar Center Contest Winners
Guitar Center (www.guitarcenter.com), the world's largest musical instrument retailer, along with one of rock's most iconic guitarists, Slash, today announced San Mateo, California's own State Line Empire as the winners of Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash, a first-of-its-kind unsigned band competition. After sifting more than 12,000 entries, Guitar Center and Slash hand-picked State Line Empire to receive the ultimate career-altering opportunity: record a 3-song EP with legendary producer, Mike Clink (Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth) and have Slash write, record and perform on their single. State Line Empire will also receive a prize package that includes:
  • A management development deal with "The Collective"  
  • Feature of winning artists' single on iTunes  
  • Worldwide distribution of winning artists' music through TuneCore
  • $10,000 Guitar Center Shopping Spree
  • New gear and endorsement deals from Ernie Ball Music Man
  • An opening slot on Slash's Monster Energy Bash
  • An editorial feature on the winning band in Guitar World Magazine
"Earlier this year, Guitar Center and I set out to find a great unsigned rock & roll band with a lot of energy and some great songs and take them to the next level," said Slash. "I'm proud to announce that that band is State Line Empire. They're the real deal and we're going to be hearing some fantastic rock & roll from them in the near future. I cannot wait to get in the studio with them."

"I can't even put into words how awesome it was to get a call from one the greatest guitarists of all time to tell us we'd won Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record," said David Pearl, bassist for State Line Empire. "A lot of people have told us that they love our music and we appreciate their support so much but to hear Slash say that our band is 'rad' was something that I will never forget. We're incredibly grateful to Guitar Center for giving undiscovered bands like State Line Empire such an amazing opportunity." 

State Line Empire

Hailing from San Mateo, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, State Line Empire brings a blistering, road-trip style of rock and roll to the music landscape. The trio formed in 2009 and after a whirlwind first few months of songwriting, Tyson Yen, Dave Pearl and Cat found that an exciting chemistry had emerged and the band was born.

About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the world's largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 214 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.

 About Slash
Slash is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time. His recent solo album SLASH topped the charts as the #1 rock album and #3 on Billboard Top 200 list in its first week of release. He has received countless accolades and awards including a 2007 star on the Hollywood Rock Walk alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. An original member of iconic rock band Guns N' Roses, Slash helped the band create signature sounds like the guitar riff of #1 hit "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Welcome To The Jungle." The band dominated the 1980s and '90s music scene selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and ushered in a decade of hard charging rock music. After leaving the band, Slash went on to critical acclaim in his personal project Slash's Snakepit, and global success with supergroup Velvet Revolver. He has been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles. Slash is one of the marquee playable characters in Guitar Hero III, has two signature Gibson guitars in his name, and authored his own top-selling biography Slash in 2007. Slash's contributions to rock will also be recognized in 2011 when the guitarist receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  

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