Lubbock man advances in world's largest guitar competition - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/28/10

Lubbock man advances in world's largest guitar competition

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man makes it to the next round in what's been called the world's largest guitar competition.

Guitar Center stores nationwide held a local competitions to find the "King of the Blues." Dustin LeRoy Garrett won the Lubbock competition and on June 24th, he competed in Austin and won that competition as well. It was one of 25 district final competitions at Guitar Centers across the country to perform in front of a panel of judges and compete for a slot in the regional finals that take place on July 15th.

He is now in line to compete July 15th in Dallas, which is one of five regional competitions. From there the five finalists will compete in Hollywood in September.

"It was unexpected because there were a ton of players. Some of them I know, and it was really cool working with them," said Garrett. "It's a fun deal"

Garrett says Lubbock has been very supportive. "I want to thank everyone for the hometown support. I'm really excited about that."

If Dustin LeRoy Garrett makes it all the way to the finals and is crowned Guitar Center's King of the Blues, he will receive: $25,000 cash · Endorsement Deals from Gibson, Ernie Ball, Boss and Egnater · A Feature in Guitar World Magazine · Gibson 1960 50th Anniversary ES-335 · Epiphone 1965 Elitist Casino · Egnater Renegade full-stack amplifier · Boss GT-10 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor and effects pedals.

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