El Cajon, Calif. – May 16, 2012 - It’s not every day that fans get to become part of one of the hottest tickets in country music, but for Peter Geiger from North Carolina, he’ll get to do just that. As the winner of the Design Rascal Flatts’ Tour Guitar contest, presented by CMT and Taylor Guitars, he’ll enjoy seeing a guitar that he designed played by Rascal Flatts on their upcoming Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour.” In addition to the guitar being played by band members onstage in cities across America, Geiger will enjoy a VIP experience to see the band live and receive his own autographed, custom-designed Taylor GS8 model.
Geiger’s winning design, which features a license plate theme and the word “Changed,” a nod to the band’s new album, was applauded by band members Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus in the video below as they sorted through hundreds of entries.
As an artist who designs guitars out of old license plates, Geiger tells us he was selective in his composition. “Each guitar tells a person’s life story. I used those [license] tags because that’s where the band is from, Ohio, Oklahoma, and now, Nashville, Tennessee.” Geiger, who has been designing for about five years, heard about the contest through the Web. As a country music fan, he says it’s exciting for him to win this contest. “It’s the first guitar design of mine that will come to life and be played,” he shares. “I can’t wait to see it on stage.”
While the grand prize winner has been selected, fans will have additional opportunities to win Rascal Flatts autographed GS Mini guitars at select concert dates, on CMT RADIO LIVE WITH CODY ALAN, and on CMT.com, provided by Taylor Guitars. In total, CMT and Taylor Guitars will give away 15 guitars throughout the summer-long promotion.
Since their musical debut in 2000, Rascal Flatts has sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads, and delivered 14 #1 singles. The band is the most award-winning Country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies, including 8 CMT Awards. As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, they’ve sold over 6 million concert tickets. They will launch their new tour, Farmers Insurance Presents ”Changed Tour,” on June 15, with Little Big Town and Big Machine labelmates the Eli Young Band and Edens Edge. For tour dates and album updates, visit www.rascalflatts.com.
About CMTCMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.www.cmtpress.com
About Taylor GuitarsFounded in 1974, Taylor Guitars has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman’s attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered among the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. Many of today’s leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice, including Rascal Flatts, Steven Curtis Chapman, Trace Adkins, George Strait, Zac Brown and Taylor Swift, among others. www.taylorguitars.com