Nashville's Brian Davidson gets 3rd place in Guitar Superstar 2009

This year, Brian Davidson of Nashville won second runner-up in the Guitar Superstar International Competition. The competition is a 3-day celebration of guitars, music, and gear presented by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center in Livermore, CA. and has been going on for five years now. All across the world, guitarists of all ages use their Sonicbids accounts to send their best performances to Guitar Player.

Then, the ten finalists that were chosen played their best for the title of International Guitar Superstar at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, CA on September 12. Steve Senes of Myrtle Beach, SC took first place and Krisz Simonfalvi of Dallas, TX took second.

This event is about celebrating the awesome power of the guitar, and all ten finalists stood onstage and delivered absolutely sizzling performances. Each player is a thrilling evangelist for all that is good and holy about transcendent guitar playing, and we were honored and humbled to have them represent their technique, creativity, and passion right here at Guitar Superstar 2009." – Guitar Player Editor in Chief Michael Molenda

All of the contestants won an all-expenses paid trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. Steve Senes, Krisz Simonfalvi, and Brian Davidson also received trophies and complete gear packages. You can find out more about Steve Senes in an upcoming Guitar Player magazine article.

As for Brian Davidson, who started playing guitar at age eight, is planning on going to the studio with his recent success to put out a CD. He's a huge fan of Guitar Player Magazine and has had a subscription since 1983. Therefore, when the International Competition came out in 2004, he entered every year. He says he sent something new in each year hoping to win.

This year the competition kind of snuck up on me, so I sent a compilation of my previous entries in." -- Brian Davidson

When asked what kind of music he plays, he said a little bit of everything, which includes country, rock, and blues. He played the drums at the age of five before he got a guitar for his eighth birthday. He started playing cover bands at age eleven with his older brother, who had gotten him into playing the guitar altogether. As for his musical influences, he said there were too many to list. Brian has lived in Nashville for the past six years, originally from Cleveland, Oh., and makes a living out of playing the guitar.

Amber Robinson