T.I., Big & Rich Tapped For `Guitar Center Sessions’ Series

DirecTv and Guitar Center In November will launch a new season of its music concert/interview series Guitar Center Sessions with performances from such performers as Big & Rich and T.I., said network officials.

The ninth season of the series, hosted by Nic Harcourt and featuring live music performances and artist interviews, will debut Nov. 14 with 11 new episodes, said DirecTV. In addition to Big & Rich and T.I. (pictured), artists starring in season nine rapper Wiz Khalifa, rock icons Billy Idol and Linkin Park, soul singer Aloe Blacc, reggae artist Ziggy Marley, said network officials.

“DirecTv is excited to embark upon another season of the award-winning Guitar Center Sessions and providing our customers with access to this extraordinary line-up,” said Bart Peters, Vice President, Production and Development for DirecTv in a statement.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.