SLASH HAND-PICKS UNSIGNED BAND STATE LINE EMPIRE AS WINNERS OF GUITAR CENTER PRESENTS YOUR NEXT RECORD SLASH TO PERFORM ON ARTISTS39 SINGLE

July 14, 2010

State Line Empire to receive career-altering prizes including the opportunity to record a 3-song EP with legendary Producer, Mike Clink (Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth) and a management development deal with the Collective.

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Guitar Center, 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 ·
"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."

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. An image of the band and their logo can be downloaded here: http://drop.io/StateLineEmpire.

Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash is just one of many Guitar Center initiatives created to foster growth and success within the music community, including its annual Guitar Center Sessions, King of the Blues, On-Stage and Drum-Off competitions, among others.

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.


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