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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 June 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!  Click here to join our mailing list so we can keep you up-to-date on all of our exciting changes.

And lots of live shows coming up in Nashville and beyond, starting with the monthly
Nashville New Acoustic, beginning on Wednesday, May 7th at Douglas Corner in Nashville.  NNA will feature great, established acoustic guitarists alongside great newcomers.  And we'll be taping it every first Wednesday of the month to pitch as a future television show.  And don't forget out annual Chet Atkins Tribute on Tuesday, July 8th at Mercy Lounge in Nashville.  It's the opening show of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention.  Click here to check out these and all of our live shows.



Every week, we're going to highlight a classic show from The Guitar Show with Andy Ellis archives.  This week, it's our popular first interview with the great TOMMY EMMANUEL.

As a youngster, Tommy Emmanuel was inspired to learn guitar when he heard the legendary Chet Atkins. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans. In 1999, Atkins bestowed the title of "Certified Guitar Player" to Emmanuel for his lifetime contribution to the instrument, an honor shared by only four other players (Steve Wariner, John Knowles, and the late Jerry Reed and Paul Yandell). In 1996, Atkins and Emmanuel recorded an album together The Day The Finger Pickers Took Over The World which garnered Emmanuel his first Grammy Award nomination. This was also Atkins' last recording.

Emmanuel tours relentlessly and draws large, enthusiastic crowds at his concerts, both in the U.S. and around the world. His no-holds-barred intensity is matched by few solo guitarists.

In our exclusive interview, Emmanuel reveals how he approaches performing and recording, discusses his musical influences and instruments and explains the role of melody in his music.


Click here for this week's show playlist



Our BRAND NEW 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!


Visit Andy's blog

CLICK HERE to check out THE GUITAR SHOW WITH ANDY ELLIS blog. It includes Andy's insights on doing the show and interviews, plus his thoughts about gear and all things guitar.


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.