Andy Ellis: On-Air Guitar

What is Guitarmania? It’s a weekly, two-hour broadcast on Nashville community radio that’s also streamed online. Each show consists of about 25 guitar-driven songs, which I weave together with a little commentary to provide context to the music. Every week I also include an interview segment—this seems to be the most popular part of the show. So far, these clips come from my personal recorded archives, but I plan to start generating new interviews specifically for Guitarmania. I’ve broadcast excerpts from conversations with Duane Eddy, Tony Iommi, Robbie Robertson, Tony Rice, David Lindley, Mark Knopfler, and Roger McGuinn. Do you try to draw in non-guitarists? I’m aiming at both players and hardcore fans—anyone who’s passionate about guitar, open-minded, and not afraid to wander off the beaten path. Have you heard Ed Bickert? Ida Presti and Alexandre LaGoya? Paul Burlison? Guitar Slim? Hank Garland? These aren’t just names. These are fleshand- bl