Yes, folks, you could be in for your big break. If you are a master blues guitarist and if you are extremely extremely lucky, here is your chance to play alongside some of the greatest blues guitarists of all time at Clapton’s Crossroads Charity gig at MSG in April, 2013. Brought to you by Ernie Ball Strings… the late great slide guitarist who became a major guitar accessorize supplier before he died in 2004.
According to Wikipedia: “With the guitar-based rock revival of the 1960s, Ball noticed that beginning students were having difficulty playing the bestselling Fender #100 medium gauge strings, particularly in holding down or bending the stiff 29-gauge third (“G”) string. At the time, it was common for a set of strings to have a “wound” third string. He approached the Fender company with the problem, suggesting a lighter gauge but was rebuffed. Ball convinced a string manufacturer to make him custom sets with a 24-gauge third string which he sold in his store.”
Now the company that bears Ernie’s name is holding a terrific contest. See the info below and good luck:
“Ernie Ball is proud to announce the 2013 Play Crossroads contest, where the legendary string company will be partnering up with Guitar Center, Guitar World, UltimateGuitar.com and ReverbNation.com in a global search to give the next best undiscovered guitarist a chance to perform live on stage at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden on April 12th-13th.
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013, presented by Chase, draws thousands of fans from around the world to witness live performances from legendary guitar players. Past festivals have included memorable sets by Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, ZZ Top and many more.
“Ernie Ball is thrilled to offer this incredible opportunity to undiscovered guitarists,” says Brian Ball of Ernie Ball Inc.. “Partnering with Eric and his fantastic foundation is something we greatly look forward to. We’re excited to find the next great guitar legend, and look forward to helping the winner grow and establish their career. Hopefully this opportunity acts as a massive springboard for the winning artist!”
Beginning today, unsigned musicians are invited to enter the Play Crossroads contest for free at www.playcrossroads.com by completing a short informational profile and uploading one MP3. Entrants are encouraged to use ReverbNation’s promotional toolkit provided on each band/artist profile, to promote their entry all over the web and drive traffic to their profile.
The winning artist will earn the opportunity to perform live on the Madison Square Garden Stage (the world’s most famous arena) at Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013, presented by Chase, in front of thousands of fans.
Prize pack for the winning artist also includes:
Performance Slot at the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at the world renowned Madison Square Garden.
Additionally, Ernie Ball has partnered up with The Crossroads At Antigua Foundation to release a limited edition Eric Clapton Crossroads Collection Guitar Straps, available exclusively at Guitar Center, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the charity. Inspired by the iconic design style of European automobile manufacturers, Ernie Ball’s Crossroads Collection Straps feature premium Italian leather and hand-stitched threading for maximum appeal. Putting a primary on performance and comfort, these straps also feature a thin layer of padding and and an ultra-rich suede back. These limited edition straps are a must have for any Clapton aficionado, or any guitar player seeking a high-quality strap that’s built to last.
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