The Guitar Show with Andy Ellis began as a radio program that was both broadcast on air and streamed online twice a week from Radio Free Nashville, a community radio station in Music City. The centerpiece of each one-hour program was an interview with a prominent guitarist accompanied by music from that artist’s newest album.
After nearly five years of broadcasting, I retired the radio program in December 2013. All the interviews—there are about 150—are available for free streaming on demand from the show’s website, www.theguitarshow.com. In our interview archive you’ll find recorded conversations with eclectic players representing almost every style of music.
From Charlie Hunter to Sharon Isbin, Carlos Santana to Duane Eddy, Tony Iommi to Earl Klugh, Melissa Etheridge to Leo Kottke, dozens of masterful players share their thoughts on the composing and recording process, as well as what it means to be a professional guitarist in the 21st century. If you love guitar and those who play it, you’re bound to find inspiration in this extensive and unique audio library.
And you can still hear these programs in their entirety! Each week our producer, John Haring, selects one show from the archive and makes it available for streaming. Each show streams for a limited time; the current show is listed on our website, so check it out.
Though the radio show is history, The Guitar Show with Andy Ellis continues as a vehicle for live events in Nashville that feature great guitarists from Music City and beyond. Visit our website for a calendar.
Also check out our Caught in the Act series on our YouTube channel, theguitarshowlive. These videos capture amazing guitarists onstage at our events and also at shows around Music City. Each clip is a raw and unscripted performances of a single song; my goal is to document exciting guitar playing as it happens and provide viewers around the world an opportunity to experience the vibrant Nashville guitar scene.
The Guitar Show Chronicles
In this blog I like to share guitar-oriented photos (most are shot as part of my gig as Senior Editor at Premier Guitar) and post occasional musings about the guitar universe. And I sometimes include gear-oriented pieces, such as how to convert a standard guitar to a lap slide guitar, or how D-standard guitar tuning might benefit you as a player.
I hope you find something fun to explore here. —Andy Ellis