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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.



Our December 14th "Classic Encore" begins our five-week, year-end tribute show marathon with our August 2009 tribute to the great LES PAUL recorded and broadcast the week of his passing.


Les Paul died in 2009 at age 94,  This show aired shortly after his passing as a tribute to him and we brought together a mix of interviews and music that highlight his amazing accomplishments.

We'll listen to rare, live radio performances by the Les Paul Trio from 1947, as well as tracks Les Paul recorded with Mary Ford and later with Chet Atkins.

And here's a real treat: We'll hear exclusive, previously unheard interview clips with Les Paul himself, courtesy of photographer and journalist Jon Sievert, who interviewed Les in 1977 for Guitar Player magazine. Guitar Player opened their archives too: We'll hear an excerpt from a 2005 interview with Les by GP's chief editor, Michael Molenda.

To give us a perspective on the man, his music, and his inventions, we've asked four experts to share their thoughts about Les Paul. We'll hear from Tom Wheeler, who was chief editor of Guitar Player magazine for 10 years. He's a prolific author, having penned the classic American Guitars: An Illustrated History, and three beautiful and definitive coffee-table books on Fender guitars and amps. A skilled guitarist himself, Wheeler has interviewed many of the great players and designers of our time, and has an unparalleled view of the guitar's evolution.

Another author with a deep knowledge of Les Paul and his accomplishments is Mary Alice Shaughnessy, who wrote the acclaimed Les Paul: An American Original. In the process of writing this biography, she interviewed more than 100 people, including musicians, family, friends, and industry insiders. In addition to explaining Mary Ford's role in Les Paul's success, Shaughnessy takes us inside the New Jersey home the couple shared when they were married.

We'll hear from musicians too: Greg Martin, who is renowned for his righteous Gibson Les Paul tones, tells us of his life-long obsession with Les Paul guitars and how he acquired his 1958 sunburst the holy grail of all Les Paul models. We'll also hear him play a solo on that instrument.

And the amazing fingerpicker Tommy Emmanuel recalls how as a kid in Australia, he was affected by Les Paul's music and describes what it was like, years later, to share the stage with Les Paul at Carnegie Hall.

It's going to be quite a program, so I hope you'll sit back and enjoy the conversation and music. Stream it or beam it: If you dig eclectic 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 JON VON BOEHM. 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.