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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 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.


richard bennett #2 / robby krieger

Our October 19th "Classic Encore" features a July 2010 interview with RICHARD BENNETT and a featurette with The Doors' ROBBY KRIEGER.


A guitarist of many talents, Richard Bennett is a session player, producer, sideman and soloist. He began working in the studio in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of guitarist Al Casey, a member of the legendary Wrecking Crew. Bennett's recording credits include Alabama, Joan Baez, Ringo Starr, Billy Joel, Glen Campbell, the Everly Brothers, Roseanne Cash, Steve Wariner, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Barbara Streisand, George Strait, George Jones, Neil Diamond, Waylon Jennings, Smokey Robinson, Dave Mason, Lyle Lovett, Vince Gill, The Ventures and Duane Eddy. Bennett has also produced acclaimed albums by Steve Earl, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart and The Mavericks.

Since 1994, Bennett has played guitar in Mark Knopfler’s ace band — doing five world tours and recording the albums Golden Heart, Sailing To Philadelphia, Ragpicker’s Dream, Shangri-La and All The Roadrunning — and contributed to Knopfler’s film scores Wag The Dog and Metroland.

Bennett has three solo instrumental albums. His 2004 Themes From A Rainy Decade stands at the crossroads of cosmic twang — a mysterious blend of Hank Marvin's keening Strat in the Shadows' "Apache," Vinnie Bell's throbbing baritone in Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks Theme and the lonesome, reverb-drenched electric in Ennio Morricone's score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. On his 2008 Code Red Cloud Nine, Bennett weaves the swinging sounds of ’60s West Coast jazz with the sultry tones of late-night lover’s themes. Bennett’s latest album, Valley of the Sun, is a sonic memoir of his life as a budding guitarist in Arizona.

In our exclusive interview, Bennett shares his memories of discovering the guitar, his first gigs as a young teenager in tough Phoenix bars and how his first recording session changed his life. We'll also hear selections from Valley of the Sun.

Also in this week's show, Robby Krieger, the iconic guitarist for the Doors, tells us about recording "War Toad," a tune on his 2000 solo album, Cinematix. Based on the Doors' song "Peace Frog" (originally released on the 1970 album, Morrison Hotel), "War Toad," was remixed from original Doors tapes and contains previously unheard rantings from Jim Morrison. Krieger offers several startling revelations about the Door's legendary lead singer, as well as the fate of the multitrack masters from the Doors' first two albums. Following Krieger's comments, we'll hear "War Toad," which contains elements of both contemporary dance-club music and the Doors' trippy sounds.

Our Player Spotlight shines on Adam Rafferty, a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who puts his own instrumental spin on classic songs by the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and other greats.

We'll explore other cool tracks too: New music from Dick50, Hawaiian guitar from the pioneering Sol Hoopii, burning bluegrass from Bryan Sutton with Jerry Douglas on Dobro, ambient sounds from Steve Tibbetts, grooving jazz from Wes Montgomery and more.

Join us on-air or online to enjoy an hour of full-spectrum guitar music, lore, and conversation. You'll be glad you did!


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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 KEEGAN McCLELLAN. Click here to check him out.


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Feature article in Guitar Player magazine

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