Episode 510: Jackie Venson

• July 29th, 2016

hello friends. i hope this episode finds you all doing well. i'm good. i'm glad that these conventions are over. i thought it was exciting to see the first woman accepting her party's nomination for president. i watched it live. i like what she's saying. i'm really glad these conventions are over. i feel like this campaign has been going on forever. hey! if you want to get away from all things political and you're listening to this show the day it comes out, skyrocket is playing tonight, friday, july 29th at speakeasy here in austin. come out and party with us. 

my guest for episode 510 is musical powerhouse and guitar hero, jackie venson! jackie has a new album, live at strange brew, coming out on september 16th and is heading out on a west coast tour starting next wednesday, august 3rd. go to jackievenson.com to find out if she's coming to a town near you. jackie and i have a great conversation about growing up austin, her time at berklee college of music, making a switch from classical pianist to blues guitarist in 2011, recording her new live album, why she likes short guys and so much more. i had a great time getting to know jackie. i'm sure you will too. let's get down! 
ciao! -jg
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Episode 509: Eric Tessmer

• July 26th, 2016

hello friends! i hope life is treating you well. i had a good weekend of shows with skyrocket. i did a podcast with a band called, drop out vegas when i was in houston on saturday. they're an amazing pop band and we had a great conversation in my hotel room. look for that in a couple of weeks. i'm looking forward to making some new music this week with some friends and shooting a cooking show with aj. friday, skyrocket will be playing at speakeasy in downtown austin. it's our first gig in this awesome venue. come out and say hi if you can.

my guest for episode 509 is guitar hero, eric tessmer! eric's new e.p., EP1 comes out this friday, july 29th. he'll be playing release shows this weekend. friday, july 29th at antone's in austin and saturday, july 30th at dan electro's guitar bar in houston. eric and i have a great conversation about miraculous guitar purchases, growing up in richland center, wisconsin, making EP1, working with the great jacob sciba, living in his rehearsal space, getting sober and much, much more. you can find out more about eric at erictessmerband.com. i hope you enjoy getting to know eric as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 508: El Tule

• July 22nd, 2016

hello friends! i'm sure that most of you are suffering "decision 2016" fatigue. i feel like the intensity of this election has been kept at a fever pitch since last summer. that's a little much for me. having said that, i've been watching it. i've been watching it on c-span and starting to watch around 5 or 6 when the band is playing a lot. the band leader is the great, g.e. smith from hall & oates, bob dylan's band, saturday night live in the 90's and much, much more. it's interesting and sad watching him work, but at least he's working. it seems like a long, hard gig. i wonder how much it pays...

my guest for episode is john dell from the latin band, el tule! with their mixture of cumbia, salsa, merengue and reggae, el tule has become a festival favorite gracing the stages of the austin city limits festival, pachanga, sxsw and many more. they'll be playing the viva big bend festival next friday, july 29th. if you live in austin, you can see them next wednesday, july 27th from 5-8 at the wine down at 3ten austin city limits live and the event is free. john and i have a great conversation about growing up in mexico, exploring latin music, the evolution of the band, making their newest album, cuatro and much more. i hipe you enjoy getting to know about john and el tule as much as i did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 507: Belcurve

• July 19th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. staying healthy. are you guys as freaked out as i am by all of the violence in our country and in the world right now? it's starting to feel like "ghostbusters 2" when the ugliness is coming up from bowels of the earth and invading human beings and making them do ugly things. there's so much anger out there. i hope that there is some way that world can take a collective deep breath and find a way to support and understand each other rather than kill each other. now i sound like a hippie. 

my guests for episode 507 are one of austin's newest bands, belcurve! belcurve is made up of members of other austin bands like, quiet comapany, the please, please me, castro and more. they've written and recorded some amazing songs in their studio and now they're ready bring them to the people. "hot mess" is the first single they'll be releasing some time soon. you can hear it on the show. we have a great conversation about the way they came together, surviving the death of a band member, writing as a group, ice factory studios and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know belcurve. i sure did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 506: Laura Scarborough / Giulia Millanta Stops By!

• July 14th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i'm good. i have the weekend off from skyrocket this weekend. my girlfriend, zuri and i are gonna go to a cook out and doing some weekend things. maybe we'll go see the new ghostbusters... my pal, giulia millanta stops by for a quick chat abut her new kicktstarter campaign to fund her new album, moonbeam parade which comes out september 9th. she'll be previewing her album this sunday, july 17th at strange brew lounge side at 6 pm. you can go to giulia's kickstarter page to see what it's all about.

my guest for episode 506 is the incredibly talented piano/vibes/synth playing singer, laura scarborough. you might know laura as the vibes player in the ultra-flamboyant psychedelic band, the golden dawn arkestra. i had the chance to see them a few weeks ago at a black fret event and they're amazing, like nothing you've ever seen before. laura also plays with kat edmonson, suzanna choffel, bob schnieder's moonight orchestra and many, many more. she covered john lennon's love on the friends of sims album that came out earlier this year and is releasing a solo album later this year. you can find her at laurascarborough.com i hope you enjoy my conversation with laura. i sure did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 505: Shawn Pander

• July 12th, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you happy and healthy in the middle of your summer 2016. i did some summer stuff yesterday. my girlfriend, zuri and i went out to brunch with some friends and went swimming in their gorgeous infinity pool that is on the top of a big hill in lakeway and overlooks austin in the best way possible. we had drinks, chatted, listened to some sweet jams and floated around in the 103 degree weather. pretty sweet right? i'm going to try to continue the mellow pool party summer vibe going until at least august. 

my guest for episode 505 is singer/songwriter, shawn pander! shawn just put out a gorgeous new album, black and white and is playing shows in support of this album. including tonight, tuesday, july 12th at strange brew lounge side in austin, tx! if you're not in austin, but you're coming for acl 2016, shawn will be preforming there on sat, october 8th. go to shawnpander.com to find out when he's coming to a town near you. shwan and i have a great conversation about the houston music scene, living in l.a., his new album, black and white, working for giada de laurentis, the music he wrote for the tito's play and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know shawn. i sure did. let's get down!

ciao! -kg
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Episode 504: Van Wilks Returns!

• July 8th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're having a good week and ready to cruise into the weekend in style. i have no idea what that means, but it sounds nice. if you live in san antonio, my band, skyrocket will be playing at sam's burger joint music hall, tonight, july 8th 2016. come out and get into the festivities that you can only get into by cutting loose with skyrocket on a friday night in s.a.. i'm playing friday, but i'm off saturday and next weekend. slow month for the skyrocket clan. i have no idea what i'm doing on saturday night. maybe some good peeps are playing and i'll see a band or two.

guitar hero, van wilks returns to the show for episode 504! van has a new album out, 21st century blues. i think it's his best and toughest sounding album yet. the more i have these conversations with my elders, the more i am convinced that if you stay inspired and stay true to yourself, you will always grow and your art will always be honest and good. such is the case with van wilks and his first album in ten years, 21st century blues. van and i have another great conversation. i never ceased to be inspired by van and the other amazingly talented people in my life that i look up to. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 503: Jane Ellen Bryant

• July 5th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you had a good 4th of july weekend. i did. i got to play at the townsend's one year anniversary party. i played with mark hallman, nathan harlan, steven weisburd and the bluebonnets. what a great time. i'm actually booking some future podcast guests today. is there anyone you'd like to see on the show? i'm reaching out to publicists from all kinds of bands. hopefully, we'll be able to nail down some good ones. 

my guest for episode 503 is the incredibly talented, jane ellen bryant! jane's new e.p., twenties, comes out this friday, july 8th. she'll also be playing a release show on friday, july 8th at lambert's in austin with special guest, emily bell. i've heard about jane for years, but i've never gotten to meet her. it was great getting to sit down and talk to this austin native about recording her new e.p. twenties with frenchy smith, come up through the austin school of music, playing with max frost and much, much more. you can see the video for her song, "twenties" at janeellenbryant.com i hope you enjoy getting to know jane. i sure did. lets get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 502: Fair City Fire

• July 1st, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're getting ready for the big 4th of july weekend. maybe you're listening to this while you're joining the 43 million americans hitting the road this weekend to celebrate summertime and our nation's birth. if so, safe travels and have fun. i don't have a very "holiday weekend" thing planned. my cousin, jennifer is coming in today, i'm playing an acoustic set tomorrow at the townsend for their first anniversary and maybe i'll hit a bbq or pool party on sunday or monday. either way, i hope enjoy your 4th of july weekend safely to it's fullest. 

my guests for episode 502 are brett winning and brian wolff from austin rock band, fair city fire. their debut album, the simple truth came out in april and you can find where ever you get your music online. i met brett and brian a couple of months ago and i was really blown away by their work ethic and ability to think and act outside the box. for instance, brett and brian make their living playing as a duo 3 to 4 days a week, so they're always working on their music/performance skills which makes fair city fire better. they host a podcast where they invite bands they're sharing a bill with over for some drinks and get to know them. you can find the show along with their music and show calendar at faircityfire.com. i hope you enjoy getting to know these guys. i sure did. let's get down! 

ciao! -jg
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Episode 501: Bri Bagwell

• June 28th, 2016

hello friends! i hope life is treating you well. things are good here. i'm coming off of a pretty nutty week into a less frantic week. i spent about an hour today making a spotify playlist based on "every little step" by bobby brown. that means i had a bunch of stuff from new edition to babyface to mary j blige etc. i made it so i would have more fun cleaning my house and it worked! when i was a little kid, my aunt christina taught me the importance of having the right jams on the stereo to ease the shittyness of house cleaning. try it some time.

my guest for episode 501 is texas country music artist, bri bagwell. she is currently on tour if the midwest in support of her new album, when a heart breaks. go to bribagwell.com to buy the album and to find out when she's coming to a town near you. her latest single, "half as good" has been #1 on the texas country charts this spring. i met bri a couple of months ago when she was a guest on an episode of "cooking/drinking with johnny & aj"  anyway, she came over a few weeks ago and we had a great conversation about the definition of texas country, sexism in the music business, knocking her ex out of the #1 spot on the charts, new mexico, whiskey and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know bri. i sure did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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