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— Ongoing series unites iconic artists and aspiring musicians for mentoring, inspiration and networking —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, February 11, 2009 — Guitar Center is pleased to announce the next installment in an ongoing series, Guitar Center Sessions: An Evening of Dialogue and Insight with GRAMMY®-nominated blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Scheduled for Wednesday, February 18, at the Guitar Center in Pasadena, California, the event will focus on Kenny as he shares career highlights and the secrets behind his technique, songwriting and tone, and talks in depth about his new Fender® Signature Series Stratocaster®, designed by Shepherd. The evening, co-presented by Fender Musical Instruments, is free and open to the public.

Renowned blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd stormed onto the music scene as a teenager with a fiery style and virtuosity seldom seen before. Since then he has had a string of number one mainstream rock singles and holds the record for the longest running album on the Billboard Blues Charts with Trouble Is…. Shepherd has been nominated for four GRAMMY awards and has received two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive Award and a Blues Music Award, among many other accolades. He has sold millions of albums, and his most recent release is a truly unique DVD/CD project entitled 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, which documents Kenny as he travels the country to jam with and interview the last of the authentic blues musicians.

Guitar Center’s mission is to provide aspiring musicians of every playing style and background with support-based programs that vastly improve their potential for becoming successful professional musicians. Designed to provide informative, provocative conversation and hands-on tutorials, Guitar Center Sessions serves as an incubator for musicians, providing them an opportunity to network with their peers in an intimate setting and gain career-fostering advice from their heroes. Past Guitar Center Sessions have featured music legends such as Slash, RZA, Pete Rock, Dave Mustaine and Joe Satriani. Other Guitar Center programs designed to foster up-and-coming musicians include Guitar Center’s Drum-Off (gc.guitarcenter.com/drum-off-2008/news/), the world’s largest drum competition, and Guitar Center Onstage (www.makerockhistory.com), a program developed to organically scout and launch unsigned artists by providing career altering opportunities through partnerships with some of the world’s greatest artists.

Please join GC as one of rock and roll’s true artists shares his experiences and offers insights from his celebrated and distinguished career.

Wednesday, February 18 @ 7 pm
Guitar Center Pasadena
2660 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA
(626) 535-0108

The event is free to the public, with limited capacity. Kenny Wayne Shepherd is also available for interviews. Please visit www.guitarcenter.com/sessions for more information.

About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the leading United States retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates more than 200 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. 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. 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. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company's Web site at www.guitarcenter.com.

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About Fender® Musical Instruments
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, and its name has become synonymous with all things rock ‘n’ roll. Iconic Fender® instruments such as the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars are known worldwide as the instruments that started the rock revolution, and they continue to be highly prized by today’s musicians and collectors. With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues and many others. Everyone from beginners and hobbyists to the world’s most acclaimed artists and performers have used Fender instruments and amps, in the process making the company not only a revered music industry name, but also a cultural icon.

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