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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.
LOTS OF CHANGES COMING UP!!! 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 the Summer of 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.
This week's FEATURED CLASSIC SHOW -
JIM WIEDER & NATHAN CHAPMAN
Our July 20th "Classic Encore" features inteviews with The Band's JIM WEIDER and Taylor Swift Producer, NATHAN CHAPMAN.
Telecaster-wielding Jim Weider is best known as the guitarist who replaced Robbie Robertson in The Band. Weider is a master of rockabilly and other roots-music styles, and tone freaks point to his twangy, bluesy timbres as a benchmark for modern Tele players. In addition to being The Band's guitarist for 15 years, Weider has played and recorded with many luminaries, including Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Doctor John, Taj Majhal, Mavis Staples, Paul Butterfield, rockabilly pioneers Scotty Moore and Paul Burlison, Bob Weir and Rat Dog, Keith Richards and Hot Tuna.
In recent years Weider has started to explore a progressive, jam-band sound, which may come as a surprise to listeners who are more familiar with his earlier music. Tonight we'll hear an exclusive interview with Weider and tracks from his grooving new album, Pulse, and discover what led him in this new direction. We'll also learn how Roy Buchanan and Paul Burlison left their mark on Weider's playing.
This week we debut a new series called Nashville Cats, in which Andy joins ace session guitarist Kenny Greenberg to interview studio guitarists who have made an impact on Music City and the many records tracked here. Our guest for this program is Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift's guitarist and producer. Chapman reveals how he and Swift cut her chart-topping songs and details his role in two of her hits, "You Belong With Me" and "Love Story."
Our weekly Player Spotlight segment features a guitarist who may be new to you, but who has something distinctive to say on the 6-string. This week, we'll hear a cut from Premonition, the latest album by the fiery former guitarist for the band Confederate Railroad, Jimmy Dormire.
We'll also hear Ry Cooder play sassy slide with the legendary John Lee Hooker, a rockabilly classic from Paul Burlison with Johnny Burnette & the Rock 'N Roll Trio, some '50s hipster jazz from Sal Salvador, burning acoustic picking from Doc Watson & Merle Watson, etherial sounds from experimental guitarist Steve Tibbetts and vocalist Chöying Drolma and more.
To treat your ears to adventurous music and stimulating guitar talk, just tune in online. It's free, fun, and totally fab!
THE ACOUSTIC JAM AT THE COMMODORE - Every Tuesday
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 SPOTLIGHT:
This week's Player Spotlight guitarist is RICKEY GODFREY. 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.