Episode 610: Jackie Venson Returns!

• July 18th, 2017

Hello friends! My guest for episode 610 is guitarist extraordinaire, Jackie Venson! Jackie stopped by last week when she was in the middle of playing some of the biggest shows you can play in Austin and last night she started her run of shows opening for Gary Clark Jr. Her lastest single, "Flying" debuted a couple of weeks ago on Vibe.com. You can find "Flying" and Jackie's other releases, tourdates, videos and bio at jackievenson.com. Jackie and I have a great and sometimes raunchy conversation about touring Europe last month, the "sad sandwich hour", playing to 20,000 people the night before our interview, touring with Gary Clark Jr. and much, much more. I had a blast talking to Jackie. I always do. Enjoy! Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 609: William Harries Graham

• July 14th, 2017

My guest for episode 609 is singer/songwriter, Austin Chronicle writer, non-profit founder, Jefferson Scholar in the prestigeous Plan II program at The University of Texas, William Harries Graham! If you live in Austin and have for the last 14 years, you've probably heard or at least heard of William. Many of us have had the honor of watching the 19 year old grow up in front of us. He's been in the studio with his band and producer Stuart Sullivan recording his latest album St. Claire to be released later this year. You can find his last release, the critically acclaimed, Foreign Fields, show listings, videos and more at williamharriesgraham.com. William and I have one of my favorite conversations I've had since I started this show. We talk about his non-profit Music For Music, his amazing bands, the demands of being in the Plan II Program, growing up immersed in a music scene with Jon Dee Graham as his dad, dealing with the disease, Leggs Perthes and how that relates to the Affordable Care Act and much, much more! William is an amazing artist and human being and this really is one of my favorite conversations I've had since this show started. I hope you enjoy it too. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 608: Juice Consulting Founder, Heather Wagner Reed

• July 11th, 2017

Hello friends! My guest for episode 608 is publicist extraordinaire, Heather Wagner Reed! Her company, Juice Consulting is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. Juice Consulting started as a small independent PR firm based in Houston and has grown into a full-service, PR, marketing, strategic consulting, social media, graphic design, web development, video production, artist development and event planning company with a client list that goes from Grammy winning artist, Gloria Gaynor to up-and-comers like Jane Ellen Bryant and many more. You can find them at juiceconsulting.com. Heather and I have a great conversation about her journey doing PR for her college radio station events in Athens Ga, working in Europe, being product manager for Beyonce', starting Juice Consulting, sitting on the board of many non-profits and much, much more! Heather is the real deal and if you're wondering what a publicist does, she is one of the best examples. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 607: Kydd Jones

• July 7th, 2017

My guest for episode 607 is the amazingly talented and personable hip-hop wunderkind, Kydd Jones! Kydd was born and raised in Austin, TX and is part of The LNS Crew, a hip-hop collective here in Austin that includes several artists including Kydd's brother, Tank Washington. To find out more about Kydd and the LNS Crew go to lnscrew.com If you live in Austin, you can dee Kydd perform live next Thursday, July 13th at Swan Dive. We have a great conversation about LNS Crew, getting signed as a teen, producing other artists, singles he's released this year, his friendship with Chuck D and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know Kydd. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 606: The Big Gun Show / Kayce Laine Checks In!

• July 4th, 2017

Happy 4th of July! I had two conversations for episode 606! First up, I video-chatted with the lovely and talented pop artist and recent Brooklyn to Nashville transplant, Kayce Laine! Kayce just released a new single, "Aftergolw" Her third release since her move to Nashville a year and a half ago. We have a great conversation about changing her sound, adjusting to life in Nashville, balancing a job and music and much, much more! Find Kayce and her music at kaycelaine.com Next up are honky-tonking hard rockers, The Big Gun Show!  Gunter Woodson and Yates Hagan stopped by talk about all things in The Big Gun Show. Their new e.p. The Door is available now and they'll be playing this Friday, 7/7 at The Longhorn Saloon in Austin, TX. Go to thebiggunshow.com to see videos, hear music and find out where they're playing next. We have a great conversation about recording The Door with producer AJ Vallejo, shooting their video for their song "Swagger" at a strip club, tequila and much, much more. I hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July! Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 605: Troy Campbell Talks House of Songs and more!

• June 30th, 2017

My guest for episode 605 is singer/songwriter, filmmaker and founder of The House of Songs, Troy Campbell. The House of Songs started in 2009 as an international collaboration between Austin artists and artists from Denmark. Eight years later, they've expanded to collaborations with 13 countries all over the world and have opened a new House of Songs in a 90 year-old dormitory in the Ozarks. You can find out all The House of Songs, watch videos and get involved at thehouseofsongs.com Troy and I have been friends since the 90's and we have a great converation about everything House of Songs, bringing the world together using music as the handshake, exploding instruments made of ice in Sweden, House of Songs in the Ozarks and much, much more. I have always loved spending time with Troy and hearing his stories and ideas. This time is no different. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. let's get down!

Ciao! -jg

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Episode 604: Buenos Diaz

• June 27th, 2017

My guest for episode 604 is guitar-slinging singer/songwriter, Nick Diaz who plays under the name, Buenos Diaz! His new self-titled album is out now. Nick's been on tour playing guitar in Alejandro Escovedo's band since the beginning of June, but he'll be in Houston on July 22 at The Mucky Duck with his band, Buenos Diaz. You can find out where they're playing and how to get their music by going to buenosdiazmusic.com Nick came by about a month ago and we had a great conversation about growing up in Houston and going to blues clubs, living in New Orleans, San Francisco and New York, making Buenos Diaz, playing with Alejandro Escovedo and much, much more! I had a great time getting to know Nick. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!

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Episode 603: Tje Austin

• June 23rd, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you've all had a good week. I've had a good week. I have a lot of SKYROCKET stuff going on this week. We played a private show last night here in Austin, we're playing tonight, Friday, June 23rd at Fitzgerald's in Houston and we're back at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin on Saturday. I got to be a guest bartender with my pal, AJ Vallejo on Tuesday for HAAM (The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians) at Sophia's here in Austin. It was a great time for a great cause. They do it every Tuesday with different guests and different special drinks. Go to myhaam.org for info on the next one and the organization. 

My guest for episode 603 is the incredibly talented singer/songwriter and baker, Tje Austin! Tje's 4th album, the gorgeous, I Belong To You just came a out a couple of months ago. He's playing a special birthday show tomorrow, Saturday, June 24th at 3Ten Austin City Limits Live. Find tickets and more info at mynameistjeaustin.com. Tje and I have a great conversation about growing up in a military family, blowing off a Poli-sci degree to be a professional musician, surviving cancer, being on the firsta season of The Voice and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know Tje. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! - jg

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Episode 602: Laura Scarborough Returns!

• June 20th, 2017

Hola amigos y amigas! Hope you all had a great weekend. I had a weekend jam-packed with travel, gigs and a vodka-soaked, Sunday Funday with my pal, Daisy O'Connor. It was a lot of fun, but terribly exhausting. SKYROCKET! is back at it this week with a private show on Thursday and we'll be back at Fitzgerald's in Houston on Friday, June 23rd and Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin on saturday, June 24th. Come out and party with us!

The amazingly talented Laura Scarborough returns to the show for episode 602. She's just released her first album in 15 years, the gorgeous, Reflection. The album is available on all mediums including vinyl. She's also released a book "Refelction: The Book" that accompanies the album. You can find all of this stuff at laurascarborough.com.  We have a great conversation about what Laura's been up to for the last 15 years since her last solo album, working with Golden Dawn Arkestra, making Reflection, living a creative life, hula-hooping and much, much more! I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 601: The Milligan Vaughan Project

• June 16th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you're all doing well and settling into summer. It really is a mindset. Especially when you get into this summer time heat. In Austin the heat combined with the humidity and temperatures already up to 80 degrees at 7 a.m., there's no choice but to give-in to summer. It's here, baby. Just put on some shorts and flip-flops, find a nice body of water, throw on your "summer jam" and do it right. Having said that, I need to take my own advice and hit these gorgeous Austin, Texas swimming holes. Oh! And my summer jam is, "Weekend" by Sphynx.

My guests for episode 601 are long time Austin favorites, Malford Milligan and Tyrone Vaughan who have joined forces and call themselves The Milligan Vaughan Project! They've been in the studio recording their debut album with the great David Grissom at the helm and they've got an Indiegogo campaign  going and you can help them finish it. Go to milliganvaughanproject.com to find out how to give and for their live dates. They'll be playing tonight, Friday, June 16 at Antone's in Austin. Tyrone and Malford and I have a great conversation about the old days, bringing blues into the new mellinium, growing up Vaughan and much, much more. I hope you enjoy this chat between old friends. I sure did. Let's get down!

cioa! -jg

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