Guitar Center Sessions Season 8 Is Underway On DIRECTV

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Soundgarden appeared on the first episode of Season 8 of Guitar Center Sessions on May 4, 2014.

New episodes of the award-winning music television series Guitar Center Sessions, presented by Harman's JBL Pro, began airing Sunday, May 4, featuring Seattle band Soundgarden. Now in its landmark eighth season, Guitar Center Sessions has been viewed more than 15 million times since December, and is moving to a new Sunday night time slot, airing inspiring performances each week at 8 p.m. exclusively on DIRECTV's Audience (channel 239).

Guitar Center Sessions is one example of the music retailer's efforts to support artists by creating new avenues for showcasing their music to large audiences in an ever-changing music industry. Guitar Center Sessions captures exclusive live performances and interviews from noteworthy and influential artists in high-definition and 5.1 surround sound. In addition to performances, each episode features interviews conducted by music journalist Nic Harcourt.

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Warner Bros. Records artist Damon Albarn will appear on Guitar Center Sessions on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Upcoming Season 8 episodes feature Damon Albarn (May 11), Phantogram (May 18), The Wild Feathers (May 25), Snoop Dogg (June 1), The 1975 (June 8), 311 (July 13), LP (July 20), Dawes (July 27), Alice In Chains (August 3), CHVRCHES (August 10), and Cage The Elephant (August 17).

The May 4 Soundgarden episode, among others this season, was filmed live at SXSW, on a rooftop perched high above the crowds with Austin's majestic skyline as a backdrop.

"We are incredibly proud to present our viewers with yet another season of Guitar Center Sessions," says Dustin Hinz, Vice President, Brand Experience + Entertainment Marketing, Guitar Center. "Season 8 brings to life the stories, songs and journeys of a remarkable line-up of iconic and influential artists. Filming live at one of the world's biggest music festivals was the perfect way to celebrate both Guitar Center's 50th anniversary and the success Guitar Center Sessions has seen over the past 60 episodes."

"DIRECTV's Audience Network is honored to host another season of Guitar Center Sessions," says Chris Long, SVP Original Content and Production, DIRECTV. "We're excited to air an amazing showcase from this year's SXSW and to bring our customers another incredible lineup of talent in Season 8."

Episodes debut at 8 p.m. exclusively on DIRECTV's Audience (channel 239). Past episodes from the series air on AXSTV on Monday nights at 9 p.m.

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