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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 a new weekly show as a Live Video Stream from a local Nashville-area venue.  That should start sometime in late 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.



Our September 14th "Classic Encore" features a November 2009 interview with multi-instrumentalist SAM BUSH.


Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist Sam Bush is one of the founding fathers of "newgrass" — the eclectic mix of bluegrass, rock, jazz and blues that forms the backbone of progressive string band music. Teaming up with Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor and other acoustic virtuosos, Bush proved that musicians can forge new sounds while still paying homage to traditional masters.

As a cofounder of the legendary New Grass Revival, Bush helped pioneer progressive bluegrass and point the way to such contemporary groups as Yonder Mountain String Band, Nickel Creek and The String Cheese Incident. Best known as a spectacular mandolinist, Bush also burns on fiddle (he won the National Fiddle Champion title at age 15) and electric guitar. In addition to powering his own bands, Bush spent five years touring and recording in Emmylou Harris' superb Nash Ramblers.

In our exclusive interview, Bush explores making his solo album, Circles Around Me, and shares his insights on recording, writing, and performing music without borders.

And in our Sneak Preview segment, we'll listen to two tracks from West Coast Seattle Boy, the Jimi Hendrix box set that was be released in late 2010. The 5-disc set features previously unreleased Hendrix music — alternate takes, home demos, live cuts — and collects long out-of-print tracks of Hendrix as a sideman before he started The Jimi Hendrix Experience. We'll spin two instrumentals from 1967, and our audience in 2010 was among the first anywhere to hear them.

Our weekly Player Spotlight segment features a guitarist you may not have heard before, but who has something special to offer. This week, our spotlight shines on Australian picker Joe Matera who explores acoustic textures by layering guitars and stringed instruments. We'll hear the title track from his album, Travellin' West.

In this week's show, we'll also hear a song from the new Eric Clapton album, a T-Bone Walker classic, a burning Pat Martino cut from 1967, instrumentals from Jeff Lang, Michael Hedges, Tom Verlaine, Daniel Lanois and more.

If you like adventurous sounds and stimulating conversation, please tune in or online and join the party!


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

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.