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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 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 regularly 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 November 16th "Classic Encore" features an January 2012 interview with blues and jazz guitarist JEFF GOLUB.
Like so many guitarists of his generation, Jeff Golub was inspired to pick up the 6-string by British Invasion bands of the '60s. But during his teens, Golub discovered Wes Montgomery and that led him to pursue jazz guitar with a vengeance. As fate would have it, Golub was drawn back into the rock world when he was invited to join Billy Squier's band, and Golub backed the arena-rocker on seven albums before he became a member of Rod Stewart's group. During his eight-year stint with Stewart, Golub did five world tours and tracked four albums. He then established himself as a successful guitarist in the smooth jazz genre, cutting several albums with his band Avenue Blue that reached the top of the contemporary jazz charts.
On his new release, The Three Kings, Golub pays homage to blues guitarists Freddie King, Albert King and BB King. The album includes covers of songs these giants made famous in the '60s and early '70s, as well as several originals inspired by the three Kings' groundbreaking guitar sounds. In our exclusive interview, Golub takes us behind the scenes of The Three Kings and explains how Freddie, Albert and BB have influenced and shaped his own playing. We'll hear selections from The Three Kings throughout the feature and also discover Golub's secret to getting great guitar sounds in the studio.
In this week's Back-to-Back segment, we compare two versions of "Willie and the Hand Jive," a 1958 hit written and recorded by R&B pioneer Johnny Otis. First we'll hear Otis perform the song live at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1970 — backed by a ripping band that includes Shuggie Otis on guitar — and then contrast it with Eric Clapton's slinky interpretation from 1974.
Jazz guitarist John Basile steps into our Player Spotlight to share an intriguing arrangement of "Moon River" from his latest album, Amplitudes.
And we'll explore a variety of guitar sounds, including poignant slide from Derek Trucks with Susan Tedeschi, a beautiful instrumental by fingerstyle guitarist Bruce Cockburn, and some great honky tonk from the master of twanging Tele, Marty Stuart, who's also joined on guitar by Nashville session ace Kenny Vaughan.
If you enjoy eclectic guitar sounds, please join us online for an hour of handpicked music. You'll dig it!
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.
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 SPOTLIGHT:
This week's Player Spotlight guitarist is LONERO. Click here to check them 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.