This year''s Battle of the Bands winner plays on John Mayer''s Mayercraft 2 cruise.

Coachella, CA (November 25, 2008) -- In March of 2009 the Ernie Ball Company will take their niche for finding unsigned talent and jump on board a cruise filled with live music and tropical scenery. This year's Mayercraft Carrier has an added dose of excitement as Ernie Ball will once again play host to their Battle Of The Bands competition.

Unsigned bands and singer-songwriters from across the globe will have the opportunity to upload their best mp3s by logging onto Play Mayercraft and see if they have what it takes to join the likes of John Mayer, O.A.R., Guster and others on stage at one of 2009's most unique musical events. Ernie Ball has engaged FameCast to power the submission site for "Play Mayercraft," using FameCast's proprietary contest management platform to collect and present each band's songs and rank them using a variety of metrics such as online fan voting and community engagement.

Mayercraft Carrier 2, hosted by Grammy Award winning artist John Mayer and produced by Atlanta-based Sixthman, will take passengers on a 5-day/4-night adventure cruise from Los Angeles, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Along the way guests will enjoy non-stop live music and theme nights that are all sure to live up to John Mayer's everlasting quest for a good time.

While the cruise will surely include good times, hard drinks and long nights, Brian Ball believes its more about the once in a lifetime chance for unsigned artists.

"Partnering with the Mayercraft Carrier 2 was a natural fit for Ernie Ball," said Brian Ball of Ernie Ball. "This program is our way of giving back to the bloodline of our consumer base, as opportunities to play live at major festivals are few and far between."

For more info:
Ernie Ball or Play Mayercraft

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