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Ellen Angelico



Ellen is an in-demand session musician and can currently be seen in the bands of country artists Mickey Guyton and Brandy Clark. The Nashville Scene calls Ellen an “ace of all things stringed” and “one of the greatest utility players in Nashville." She plays guitar, bass, pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, dobro, keys, and trombone everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to Guam.

When she is not backing up a variety of talented acts (Cam, Mickey Guyton, Brandy Clark, Uncle Kracker, Delta Rae, Ty Herndon, Adeem the Artist, and many others) Ellen pens a quarterly column for Premier Guitar. Under the moniker Uncle Ellen, she releases original music once in a blue moon.

Ellen regularly volunteers with organizations like Please Vote Nashville, Nashville Launch Pad, and Association of Horizon, and she proudly serves on the Hearing Board of the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257. Ellen lives in beautiful Madison, Tennessee, with her partner Rachel and their beloved dog Tambourine. She hopes to leave Nashville and the music industry better than she received it.




July 21, 2024

San Diego Civic Theater

San Diego, CA

Brandy Clark

July 23, 2024

Mountain Winery

Saratoga, CA

Brandy Clark

July 25, 2024

Keller Auditorium

Portland, OR

Brandy Clark

July 26, 2024

Queen Elizabeth Theater

Vancouver, BC

Brandy Clark

July 27, 2024

Benaroya Hall

Seattle, WA

Brandy Clark

August 16, 2024

The Grand Ole Opry

Nashville, TN

Mickey Guyton

August 20, 2024

3rd and Lindsley

Nashville, TN

Cheley Tackett and Shelly Fairchild

August 24, 2024

Ascend Amphitheater

Nashville, TN

Mickey Guyton

August 29, 2024

Spruce Peak Concert Series

Stowe, VT

Brandy Clark

August 30, 2024

Stone Mountain Arts Center

Brownfield, ME

Brandy Clark

August 31, 2024

Prescott Park Arts Festival

Portsmouth, NH

Brandy Clark

September 1, 2024

Payomet Performing Arts Center

North Truro, MA

Brandy Clark

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"Angelico is a busy studio and stage musician with a rising profile in the Nashville indie universe... I kept seeing her credit on albums. So I sought her out for a chat."

WMOT Roots Radio

In-Demand Guitarist/Data Nerd Ellen Angelico Picks Her Own Path

"Ellen Angelico’s pedal steel puts the song in jukebox heaven."

No Depression

Album Review: Marques Morel

"Ellen Angelico, you should know by now, is one of Nashville's most talented guitarists, if not one of the kindest."

We Own This Town: Music

Episode 378: Radio Radio XVIII

"Ellen Angelico is one of Nashville’s MVPs."

Rainbow Rodeo

Review - Christmas at the Firehouse

"There are so many musicians I love in this town. Meg Coleman, Jack Lawrence, Micah Hulscher, Steve Daly, Dennis Crouch, Ellen Angelico — these are people that carry some kind of magic glitter in their pockets and sprinkle it on whatever they touch."

The Nashville Scene

The Side Player Sidebar Survey

"Nashville musicians grace some of the tracks’ production credits, including contributions from in-demand session and touring musician Ellen Angelico on pedal steel and guitar."

The Nashville Scene

Another Look: More Recent Releases You Don’t Want to Miss

"Angelico’s mandolin, banjo, pedal steel and guitar embellishments filled out the ensemble’s rich sophisti-country sound."

Riverfront Times

Brandy Clark Had Delmar Hall Swooning Tuesday Night

"Ellen Angelico is a top session guitarist... Angelico's shimmering steel guitar supports twang heavy lead lines."

East Bay Express

The Long Journey Home

“A top-flight guitarist… leaning into her nimble musicianship and deeply knowledgeable appreciation of country ancestors.“

NPR Music

Tennessee Musicians Grapple with the Potential Impact of New Anti-Drag Law

“Top notch Nashville musicians Tristen Gaspadarek and Ellen Angelico… [provide] a true service, a labor of love and a resource that’s helpful for first-time voters and long time election watchers alike.”

Nashville Scene

Hey Thanks, Please Vote Nashville

“I consider Ellen another soul that realizes the importance of community in this town.”


Take In 12 Wildly Different Ways That Kyshona Has Embraced Collaboration and Found Community

"Virtuosic guitarist Ellen Angelico reflected a vision where people other than just white, straight men could be on stage."

Her Country

By Marissa Moss

Brandy Zdan

Tone Zone with Ellen Angelico

“[One] of the most creative voices for change in the country and Americana industries.”

The Nashville Scene

Country Music Almanac 2022: Organizing Principles

Guitar Girl Magazine

Tone Talk With Ellen Angelico

“When she speaks about her inspirations and her commitment to the music and to the future of the country genre, it’s easy to see how she received her Instrumentalist of the Year nod.”

The Boot

Guitarist Ellen Angelico Talks Advocating for More Inclusivity

“Ellen’s a killer guitarist, with recording credits that would make any Nashville cat jealous.”

Country Queer

Ellen Angelico's Feeling Lucky


Ellen Angelico Profile

"Angelico is one of the staunchest advocates for women in the Nashville music community.”

Wheeler Walker Jr. Talks Feminism and Fatherhood on 'WW III'

“Angelico is so self-assured that she’ll make you smile.”

The Deli Nashville

A Country Tune to Make You Cackle by Ellen Angelico

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