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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 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.



For our February 22nd "Classic Encore," we present multi-instrumentalist MIKE KENEALLY in a June 2009 interview.


Describing multi-instrumentalist and composer Mike Keneally is a challenge. He played keyboards and guitar in Frank Zappa's band (this has to be one of the most demanding gigs in the universe), and appears on six Zappa albums, including 1988's Broadway The Hard Way and 1991's The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life. Keneally has also released 11 solo albums of unique, adventurous music, and he's featured on albums by Beer For Dolphins and The Mistakes.

Keneally is an amazing guitarist and equally gifted on keyboards. He tours as Steve Vai's keyboardist, and has recorded an album of Vai's music on acoustic piano called Vai: Piano Reductions Vol. 1. Guitar in hand, Keneally recently joined the touring edition of Dethklok the death metal band featured in the animated series Metalocalypse on Adult Swim.

In 2009, we interviewed Keneally coinciding with the release of Scambot 1, the first solo album in a planned trilogy. In our exclusive feature, Keneally talks about recording Scambot 1 and explains the concept behind this project, which combines music with an illustrated story he'll serialize on the web. Keneally also reflects on working with Zappa and what it's like to perform in Dethklok. During our feature, we'll hear selected cuts from Scambot 1. This music is unlike anything you've heard, we promise.

Another exclusive: In our Backstage With segment, we'll chat with Justin Kalk, a young rocker generating lots of excitement for his Stratocaster strangling. Before a 2011 show at Nashville's fabled Exit/In, Kalk describes his musical influences and what effect recent touring has had on his playing. We'll also hear a song from that night's performance as the incendiary guitarist cuts loose with his trio, the Justin Kalk Orchestra.

Each week in our Player Spotlight segment, we introduce you to a guitarist who may be flying under your radar. In this program, our spotlight shines on Paul Pigat, a rockabilly and swing guitarist and steel player from Vancouver, Canada. We'll hear a track from the new album It's A Sin by Pigat and his band, Cousin Harley.

And let's not forget the eclectic guitar music! We'll preview a new track by Bruce Cockburn from his upcoming album, Small Source Of Comfort, dig some daredevil acoustic picking by Russ Barenberg, travel back to 1927 with the immortal bluesman Blind Willie Johnson and hear some sweet, searing slide from Lowell George.

It's an hour of music and conversation you won't find anywhere else, so please join us online as we explore the wide world of guitar.


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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 Player Spotlight guitarist is ANNE McCUE. Click here to check her out.


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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.


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.