King of the Blues

(PR) Showcasing his musical talents in front of a packed house at the House of Blues Chicago, New Jersey's Matt O'Ree was crowned the nation's best undiscovered blues guitarist at Guitar Center's 2006 Guitarmageddon: King of the Blues grand finals. In addition to the King of the Blues battle between the nation's top seven amateur guitarists, Guitar Center helped kick off the Chicago Blues Festival with a collaborative performance by legendary blues guitarist B.B. King and GRAMMY� award-winning artist John Mayer, who paid tribute to the genre's roots, according to Jack Sonni, vice president of marketing communication for Guitar Center.

O'Ree was selected from more than 4,000 undiscovered guitarists nationwide who participated in the four-tiered competition that began in February 2006. According to the 10 judges, which included Rick Neilson (Cheap Trick), Hubert Sumlin (Descriptor), Dave Mason (Traffic), and Marcy Levy (Eric Clapton), O'Ree excelled in the categories of originality, technique, style, stage presence and overall performance.

In addition to the coveted "King of the Blues" title, O'Ree took home more than $40,000 in prizes, including a 2006 Scion tC, a trip to L.A. to record with GRAMMY�-winning producer Pete Anderson, a one-year Gibson endorsement deal, a Gibson '59 reissue, and a Gibson GA20 amplifier, among other prizes.

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