(L-R): Bryan Bradley, Guitar Center; Susan Kittleson, Dell; Jay Pinkert, Dell; Kurt Kirsch, Dell; Billy Bob Thornton; Kristen Nolte, Dell; Michael Lambert, Dell; Alan Luecke, Dell; Michael Pantzer, Dell.Round Rock, TX (November 16, 2007)–At a VIP party at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, Dell announced a partnership with Guitar Center and introduced Billy Bob Thornton as the public face of the Dell Lounge.
Guitar Center can now match Dell systems with music editing software and interface hardware that is intended to be “a comprehensive, one-stop solution designed to be simple to set up and use for anyone creating music,” according to a statement. Guitar Center initially will be offering Dell Inspiron 1521 notebooks and Inspiron 531 desktops for music production.
The Dell Lounge is an interactive, experiential web site offering exclusive content for a range of online communities, including music, gaming and entertainment. For the next year, Dell Lounge online visitors can accompany Thornton on a multi-media journey as he records and produces his own music in a home studio powered by Dell.
“Billy Bob Thornton is a natural role model for the Dell Lounge and its community of fans and aspiring musicians,” said Susan Kittleson, director of global category marketing for Dell’s consumer business. “We are proud to partner with Billy Bob to bring his musical talents to life on the Dell Lounge, offering visitors around the world a rich experience of his music and the process of crafting it.”
Billy Bob Thornton has written, recorded and played music since learning drums at age 9. The most recent of his four solo albums, Beautiful Door, is currently in stores. Among his achievements is a performance on the GRAMMY-winning album, The Wind, by Warren Zevon. He has also collaborated with artists such as Tim McGraw, Earl Scruggs and Styx, as well as contributing vocals to the recently released June Carter Cash tribute album, Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash