The Chop Shop celebrates 10 years


Envision Radio NetworksEnvision Radio Networks’ The Chop Shop celebrates its 10th Season as the only radio show focused on the guitar. The Chop Shop, part of the Envision Rock Network that now has over 350 affiliates, made its debut during the week of May 17th, 2004. As it embarks on its tenth year, The Chop Shop is incorporating new features within the 2-hour weekly show including an Unplugged segment, counting down the top 50 songs of the last 10 years, and taking The Chop Shop out on the road.

The Chop Shop will now give listeners the chance to experience the guitar in its most raw form, unplugged and live, by featuring a new exclusive acoustic song from host Steve Black’s giant music library each week.

“I’ve collected so many acoustic songs along the way, from Five Finger Death Punch and Metallica, to Billy Idol and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and I’m looking forward to sharing them all,” said The Chop Shop host Steve Black.

Digging further into Black’s music archive, The Chop Shop will revisit the top 50 songs of the last 10 years. Black has compiled a list of his favorite songs from the past 10 years of The Chop Shop and will share a different track each week throughout the year, counting up until we reach number one at the end of season 10.

This summer, The Chop Shop is expanding “The Chop Shop on the Road” series and will broadcast live from some of rock’s biggest festivals including Rock on the Range, Shiprocked and Metallica’s Orion Festival. Black will be on the scene gathering exclusive on-site interviews for these live shows and future updates.

“During my 24 years on the radio, I’ve been able to conduct a little over 900 interviews, so the archive of first-hand information, especially about specific songs, has really gotten deep,” said Black. “Taking the Chop Shop on the road will allow our audience to really feel what it’s like to be back-stage with all the bands.”

The Chop Shop and Chop Shop Classic feature weekly updates on bands and tours, web exclusive content, and special guests all while playing 10 songs an hour. Both versions are two hours in length and feature weekly interviews as well as the exclusive Chop Shop Hall of Fame feature, where such guests as Ted Nugent, Brian May, Leslie West, and hundreds of others pay tribute to guitar legends Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young, Slash and more.