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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 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 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, 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 Marsh 22nd "Classic Encore," we present Grammy-winning classical guitarist SHARON ISBIN in an April 2009 interview.


Sharon Isbin is one of the world's premier classical guitarists. She has commissioned and premiered new works from major composers and appeared as a soloist with more than 140 orchestras worldwide. Isbin created Juilliard's guitar department when she arrived at the school in 1989, and today she still chairs it.

In our exclusive interview, Isbin talks about recording her album, Journey to the New World, which earned her a Grammy in 2010 (she scored her first Grammy in 2001, the first by a classical guitarist in 28 years). She explains how she enjoyed exploring the eclectic music on this record, and reveals what it was like to meet and record with Joan Baez, who joins Isbin on a track. Isbin also offers intriguing details about her technique and how she approaches playing counterpoint on the guitar.

For this week's Back-to-Back segment, we'll compare two versions of "I Can't Stop Loving You," the country classic written by Don Gibson and recorded by Ray Charles. We'll contrast jazz guitarist Grant Greenís 1962 instrumental version with a recent rendition by Mavis Staples and John Scofield.

This week, New Jersey blues guitarist Johnny Charles steps into our Player Spotlight. We'll hear a cooking instrumental from his album, Stratified.

And of course, we'll explore a mix of cool music, including a new track from Robbie Robertson's 2009 album, How to Become Clairvoyant, some late-'50s big-band jazz from Wes Montgomery, burning flatpicking from both Cody Kilby and the legendary Tony Rice, a rippin' live tune from Eric Johnson and more.

So if you dig guitar, you won't want to miss our program of handpicked music and intriguing conversation. Please join us online ó you'll be glad you did!


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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 fingerstylist SHAYNE JACOPIAN. Click here to check him 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.