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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 1st "Classic Encore," we present country picker and songwriter STEVE WARINER in a February 2011 interview.


During his 30+ years as a Nashville picker and songwriter, Steve Wariner has scored ten Number One country hits as an artist, released 18 solo albums (three of which have gone Gold), and earned four Grammy Awards, the latest for a track on his self-produced homage to his hero, My Tribute to Chet Atkins. Wariner is uniquely qualified to pay tribute to Mr. Guitar. Atkins signed Wariner to his first record contract with RCA in 1977 and Wariner even played bass in Atkins' touring band. "Every night I performed with Chet," he says, "I'd look out at the audience knowing I had the best seat in the house. Most of the shows I played were symphony dates, so I'd have a cello at my back. With Chet only a few feet away and [Atkins' ace second guitarist] Paul Yandell just on the other side of him, I was completely enveloped in the music." Wariner is one of only five players to receive Atkins' "Certified Guitar Player" designation (the other C.G.P. recipients are John Knowles, Tommy Emmanuel and the late Jerry Reed and Paul Yandell).

Wariner's newest album, Guitar Laboratory, is an eclectic collection of instrumentals that Wariner tracked and mixed in his world-class studio, located in the rolling countryside just outside Music City. In our exclusive interview, Wariner describes recording Guitar Laboratory and offers stories about working with Atkins, Yandell and Mark Knopfler. During the interview, we'll hear tracks from Guitar Laboratory, which features Wariner playing a variety of acoustic and electric guitars, bass and even lap steel.

In this week's Back-to-Back segment, we'll explore two interpretations of the classic gospel-blues song, "John The Revelator." First, we'll hear the original recording cut in 1930 by the great Blind Willie Johnson with Willie B. Harris singing backup vocals. We'll follow that with a brass-knuckle version by The Mighty Jeremiahs, a rockin' band featuring guitarist Greg Martin and vocalist Jimmy Hall.

This week, our Player Spotlight shines on bluesmen Rich DelGrosso & Jonn Del Toro Richardson. We'll hear a vibey instrumental from their latest album, Time Slips On By.

We'll also pay tribute to Irish rocker Gary Moore, who passed away in February 2011, hear Los Lobos boogie down with John Lee Hooker, dig an exotic version of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" from Harry Manx and Kevin Breit, check out a twangy instrumental from Brad Paisley and more.

Please join us online for an hour of the most eclectic guitar music and conversation you'll hear anywhere. If you enjoy guitar, 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 17-year-old Aussie JOSH NEEDS. 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.


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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.