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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 an exciting new show as a Live Video Stream from a local Nashville-area venue.  That should start sometime in early 2015.  We are able to make these big changes because of you, the fans.  You made us successful by accessing this website from 140 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, including 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 October 26th "Classic Encore" features a September 2010 interview with NELS CLINE and a featurette Guest Interview with ACE FREHLEY.


Attempting to place Nels Cline in a convenient stylistic box is an exercise in futility. Yes, he’s an electric jazz guitarist who cites George Benson and Howard Roberts as early heroes. But he also spent years playing acoustic nylon-string and 12-string, inspired by Ralph Towner and Egberto Gismonti. Then there’s his passion for the aural anarchy of the Minutemen and Sonic Youth, as well as a life-long obsession with Jimi Hendrix. All these influences — and more — surface in Cline’s playing, often within the same piece of music. In addition to pursuing his solo career, Cline plays lead guitar with alt-rockers Wilco, a gig he has held since 2004.

In our exclusive interview, Cline describes what inspires him to compose and play. We'll also explore music from Cline’s new double album, Initiate, which perfectly illustrates his multifaceted musical persona.

In this week's Guest Interviewer segment, we'll hear an excerpt from an interview with Ace Frehley — founding member and former lead guitarist with KISS — conducted by Matt Blackett, Associate Editor at Guitar Player magazine. In Blackett's interview, Frehley reveals how his playing and musical ideas have evolved and changed over the years.

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Jamie Stillway is our Player Spotlight guitarist. We'll hear a track from her album, Mell Of A Hess.

We'll also hear beaucoup new music, including a track from Black Dub, Daniel Lanois' latest band, which features Trixie Whitley, Chris Whitley's daughter, on vocals, and a moody instrumental from Spread The Love, the latest album by Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters. We'll travel back to 1929 to hear ragtime guitar master, Blind Blake; bask in the burly Les Paul tones of Gary Moore as he pays tribute to the legendary Peter Green; dig some atmospheric sounds from Duke Levine; check out a Brad Paisley instrumental and more.

Join us online for an hour of exceptional guitar music. If you're seeking sonic adventure, you'll be glad you did.


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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. Each Friday, we'll select a guitarist to feature. Visit our Spotlight page and send in your music!

This week's Player Spotlight guitarist is MIKE VALERAS. Click here to check him out.


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.