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Hosted by world-renowned guitar journalist, Andy Ellis, The Guitar Show with Andy Ellis features interviews with great guitarists of all genres from all over the world.

  For the first five years, we presented our show on radio stations across the United States who made the show available throughout the world via their local broadcasts and Internet links.  Starting in April 2014, we're taking all of our new audio interviews direct to web.  We're also working on creating a new weekly show as a Live Video Stream from a local Nashville-area venue.  That should start sometime in late 2014.  We are able to make these big changes because of you, the fans.  You made us successful by accessing this website from over 135 countries and all 50 states and we thank you for that!

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And lots of live shows coming up in Nashville and beyond, starting with the monthly
Nashville New Acoustic, on the first Wednesday of every month, at Douglas Corner in Nashville.  NNA will feature world-renowned acoustic guitarists alongside great newcomers.  And we'll be taping it to pitch as a future television show.  Click here to check out these and all of our live shows.



Our August 31st "Classic Encore" features 2009 interviews with KELLY JOE PHELPS and former Red Hot Chili Pepper JOHN FRUSCIANTE.


Fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps is a lap slide virtuoso, one of the few contemporary players to apply steel guitar technique to a flattop acoustic. His unique mix of folk, blues and jazz has won him praise from the likes of Bill Frisell and Steve Earl, and led him on extensive tours across the US, Europe, Australia and Japan. Phelps' restless creativity is evident in his eight solo albums, and he has an uncanny ability to put a fresh spin on a song every time he plays it.

In our exclusive interview, Phelps discusses his 2009 album, Western Bell, a collection of solo acoustic instrumentals. We'll hear what inspired him to take chances with these compositions and how he approached recording this musically adventurous record. We'll hear tracks from Western Bell that illustrate the points Phelps makes in this revealing conversation.

In this week's Guest Interviewer segment, we'll hear an excerpt from a 2006 interview with Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante conducted by Barry Cleveland, Associate Editor at Guitar Player magazine. Cleveland's interview coincided with the release of the Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium double album. In this excerpt, Frusciante describes recording "Death of a Martian" and "Warlocks" — two songs on Stadium Arcadium — and explains how he was influenced by the way funkmaster George Clinton would mix the early Parliment/Funkadelic albums.

Our Player Spotlight shines on Mark Robinson, a Nashville-based guitarist and producer with deep roots in soul, blues and Americana. We'll check out a cut from his 2009 album, Quit Your Job—Play Guitar.

To round out the program, we'll listen to amazing gospel-blues from Mississippi Fred McDowell and The Hunter's Chapel Singers, greasy funk from John Scofield backed by Medeski, Martin & Wood, an advance track from Robert Cray's pending live album, hot Dobro from Randy Kohrs off his latest full-length, stirring slide guitar from both Ry Cooder and Harry Manx, poignant nylon string from Angelo Badalamenti and more.

Join us online to enjoy an hour of handpicked music, guitar lore, and intriguing conversation you won't find anywhere else!


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Our WEEKLY JAM NIGHT for our musician friends. Every Tuesday at 8:00pm we get together at the Commdoore Grille in Nashville for an unplugged, acoustic jam, mixing and matching genres and players into some interesting combinations. It's becoming a great Nashville hang for some pretty great musicians. Whether you're a player or not, you should come and check it out. CLICK HERE for more information and our schedule.


The Guitar Show's player spotlight

GUITARISTS: We're looking for the unheard and the underheard talent of the guitar world. If you're one of those, CLICK HERE to find out about being featured on THE GUITAR SHOW'S PLAYER SPOTLIGHT. Every week, we'll select a guitarist to feature. Visit our Spotlight page and send in your music!

This week's Player Spotlight guitarist is RICKEY GODFREY. Click here to check him out.


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Feature article in Guitar Player magazine

CLICK HERE to check out a great article on THE GUITAR SHOW WITH ANDY ELLIS in the March 2009 issue of Guitar Player magazine.


Visit the interview archives

You can listen to all of the interviews featured on THE GUITAR SHOW WITH ANDY ELLIS broadcasts right here on our website with our streaming audio player. CLICK HERE to go to the Interviews page or select "Interviews" from the menu at the top of any page.