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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 an exciting new show that should start sometime in late 2015.  We are able to make these big changes because of you, the fans.  You made us successful by regularly accessing this website from over 145 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.
Click here to check out these and all of our live shows.


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This week's FEATURED CLASSIC SHOW - RICK HOLMSTROM


The Featured Artist for our February 1st "Classic Encore" is RICK HOLMSTROM.


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As a kid, Rick Holmstrom absorbed the sounds of rockabilly, surf, folk, and the Beatles. But when he discovered Muddy Waters and Lightnin' Hopkins as a college senior, he began a musical journey that took him deep into the blues and roots rock. After graduating, he migrated to Los Angeles where he started backing some of the top blues musicians on the West Coast. In 1996 he released his first solo album, Lookout! Three other albums followed, and on each he explored different styles of music, including hip hop and electronica mixed with blues.


On his fifth solo disc, the 2012 released Cruel Sunrise, Holmstrom continues his sonic explorations, this time delving deeply into songcraft. A mesmerizing mix of dirty, tremolo-drenched twang, spooky grooves, and dark, introspective lyrics, Cruel Sunrise delivers great guitar playing and powerful writing in equal measure. Holmstrom is currently the bandleader in Mavis Staples' touring and recording ensemble, and she adds her cosmic voice to two of Holmstrom’s songs on the album.


In our exclusive interview, Holmstrom describes recording Cruel Sunrise and details how he developed the songs for the album. We'll hear selections from Cruel Sunrise throughout the interview.


This week in our Player Spotlight feature, we hear Australian multi-instrumentalist Claude Hay perform a stunning song from his latest release, I Love Hate You. This is the second time we’ve featured Hay as a Spotlight artist — only the third time we've done this — but his playing, singing, and writing is so compelling, we really want you to hear his latest work. Amazing, emotional music.


In our Back-to-Back segment, we compare two instrumental renditions of Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman," which Glen Cambell immortalized in 1968. We'll hear Tony Mottola’s 1969 version, followed by José Feliciano's 1971 interpretation. Both evoke a vibe and time now long gone.


And there's more! We'll hear a smokin' new track from British blues-rocker Oli Brown, the title cut from the latest album by the amazing Bex Marshall, a U2 cover by flatpicker Bryan Sutton and Dobro master Jerry Douglas, and moody soundscapes from both Jesse Harris and Bruce Cockburn.


Please join us on-the-air or online for an hour of music and conversation you won't find anywhere else. You're bound to hear lots of new, unexpected sounds, so if you enjoy guitar, don't miss our program!



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THE ACOUSTIC JAM AT THE COMMODORE - Every Tuesday

Our WEEKLY ACOUSTIC JAM NIGHT for our musician friends. Every Tuesday at 8:00pm we get together at the Commodore Grille at the Holiday Inn/Vanderbilt 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.


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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 other Friday, 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 artist is LITTLE ALLEN LOOP. Click here to check them out.


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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.


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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.


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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.