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Guitar Center (www.guitarcenter.com), the world's largest musical instrument retailer,
has just added a free podcast to its list of music programming. At: Guitar Center with
Nic Harcourt is a new podcast hosted by renowned music tastemaker and music
journalist Nic Harcourt that will feature riveting interviews and intimate performances
with some of the biggest names in music. The are available now on the
iTunes, Zune and Blackberry networks and at www.atguitarcenter.com/podcast.
The free podcast is an extension of the same concept behind the award-winning
television show Guitar Center Sessions, a series also hosted by Harcourt that runs
exclusively on DIRECTV and features exclusive performances and in-depth
conversations with revered musicians. The will highlight compelling artists
by engaging them in insightful conversation that inspires musicians and encourages
individuals to make music a part of their lives. Past sessions have recently
presented Weezer, Cake, Peter Gabriel, Jane's Addiction, Buddy Guy and The Cult. For
clips of upcoming episodes, visit www.guitarcenter.com/sessions.
"When Guitar Center asked me to be a part of this new podcast, I was excited at the
opportunity to engage artists in conversations they're most passionate about -
music," said Harcourt. "No noise - no advertisers - just the stories behind the
great artists of our time, told from their perspective. I'm excited that Guitar
Center recognizes the potential in a program like this."
"Nic is a phenomenal talent with an unparalleled taste in music," said Dustin Hinz,
director of music and entertainment marketing for Guitar Center. "He is authentic
and credible throughout the industry, and his ability as an interviewer to dig deep
with some of the household names in music and get incredible stories never ceases to
amaze us. Guitar Center is honored to work with someone who continues to make such a
lasting impact on popular culture."
At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt is free to stream or download, and is readily
available for subscription via iTunes, Zune and Blackberry Podcasts. The current
podcast includes an in-depth live studio interview with innovative artist and
producer Quincy Jones, featuring the legend's take on art, production and an
uncertain future of the music industry.
"I think the consumer wants to be closer to the creator," said Jones. "We are all
trying to figure it out. We've never faced it before, but it's here."
Nic Harcourt, renowned tastemaker and host of the award-winning program Guitar
Center Sessions on DIRECTV, is a highly regarded interviewer and an authority on
music and pop culture. From his post as music director of the legendary radio
station and Los Angeles cultural institution KCRW, and as host of the station's
Morning Becomes Eclectic program, the New York Times dubbed the United Kingdom
native "America's arbiter of cool music." Harcourt's interviews have told the story
of some of pop history's most iconic artists, and he has been credited with helping
launch the careers of numerous popular acts, including Coldplay, Norah Jones, Death
Cab For Cutie and Sigur Ros, among others.
In his roll on Guitar Center Sessions, Harcourt delves into the anatomy of a
successful band, offering real connections between fans in the live studio audience
and their icons. At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt furthers the retailer's mission
to advance the aspiring artist by bringing real stories of success within arms reach
of any listener.