Episode 493: Shinyribs

• May 27th, 2016

hello friends! are you feeling that TGIF feeling you get on the friday of a three-day holiday weekend? me neither. but some people really do feel that feeling. i've felt it before... the last time was probably in the 80's, but i remember it well. having plans that involved a beach or some kind of backyard bbq with booze, bathing suits and a pool. anyway, i'm going to be staying at my ex's house with my dogs. that'll be fun. i'll be playing a couple of shows with skyrocket and hanging out with my girlfriend, zuri. i hope you have a good weekend. 

my guest for episode 493 is the amazing singer/songwriter/performer, kevin russell from the band, shinyribs! i have been watching kevin play since 1989 when he was in the shreveport, la band, the picket line coyotes. kevin moved to austin with that band and when the coyotes ran their course, they split up and kevin started the gourds and went on to play with them for 18 years. the gourds career is covered in the amazing documentary, "all the labor". anyway, as the gourds were fading, kevin started shinyribs and three brilliant albums later, shinyribs is touring and going full-steam bringing their funky/soul/honky tonk happiness to thousands of people a year. i had a great time getting to know kevin. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!

ciao! jg
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Episode 492: Los Coast

• May 24th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you all had a good weekend. i did. i played a high school graduation party in houston on friday. coincidentally, one of our guests today graduated from the same high school. anyway, the party was great the show was really fun. the young crowd had such a powerful energy that night that it really made us up our energy and it was on. we were locked in a thing with this young crowd and it wore me out. for the rest of the weekend i was tired and kinda out of it. also, here is a link to the event page for our episode 500 live recording on monday, june 20th at the townsend in austin, tx.

my guests for episode are trey privott and john courtney from the funk soul band, los coast! i met and saw these guys during sxsw when they played a showcase i was hosting. i thought they were a fantastic live band. so good in fact, they'll be playing at the acl festival this fall, they'll be playing the free press summe fest in houston on june 5th and they'll be playing c-boys heart & soul here in austin every thursday in june. i have a great conversation with trey and john about being a young band making some big strides. there's some real talent in this band plus, trey and john are really gracious and and a great hang. we even went to lunch afterwards. check out los coast at loscoast.com! let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 491: Karen Chisholm

• May 20th, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you well. we have a big announcement... we are celebrating our 500th episode with a live podcast on monday, june 20th at the townsend here in austin, tx! my guests will be aj vallejo, kathy valentine, nakia, taylor muse from quiet company and suzanna choffel! i'm really looking forward to this one here's a link to our facebook event page. i had a good time moderating the recording producer panel  for the austin music foundation at arlyn studios. i caught up with old friends and made some new ones. i hung out afterwards and heard some great stories from owner, lisa fletcher. that studio is absolutely amazing!

my guest for episode 491 is singer/songwriter, karen chisholm! she's recently released her 3rd album, love's road. we met during sxsw at a sims foundation event. she gave me her album, and i onvited her over for a chat. we have a great conversation about growing up in the amateur car racing scene, making love's road, surviving cancer and lyme disease, desert photo shoots, grammy parties and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know karen. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 490: Tom DeSavia / Kady Rain

• May 17th, 2016

hello friends! i hope your week is starting off right. things are good here. i've been working on some paintings today. i am putting one in a show on friday, may 20th at the one-2-one bar called, "the tasteless nudes rock and art show". all proceeds benefit the health alliance for austin musicians. unfortunately, i won't be able to be there because skyrocket is playing a show in houston that night. get out if you can and pick up some art and support haam. speaking of support, kady rain stopped by the other day to talk about her new gofundme campaign they have going to get the money to put out their ep, make some new merch. and make a video. go to kadyrain.com to find out what you can do to help.

my guest for episode 490 is music industry veteran, journalist, podcatser, music fan and author, tom desavia! "under the big black sun: a personal history of l.a. punk" by john doe with tom desavia and friends came out a couple of weeks ago. it is an exceptional depiction of the l.a. punk scene of the late 70's and early 80's told by the people that built it and lived it including tom. tom and i met in he early 90's when i was in mr. rocket baby and he worked for ascap. a few years later when my band, goudie, signed to lars ulrich's vanity label under elektra records, tom was west coast v.p of a&r. we have a great conversation about what it took to get this amazing book together, how tom got in the business, his affiliation with the band X and much, much more. tom is one of my favorite people i've met on my journey through this crazy business. he's a true fan. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 489: Bonnie Whitmore

• May 13th, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you living the dream. i'm good. i have tonight (friday) off, so i'm going to see john evans' record release show. zuri and i also got invited to a special "invite only" acoustic show before the actual show, so i guess we're making it a john evans night! heads up! the austin music foundation is having a panel next wednesday, may 18th at 7pm called, "recording your music: how? when? why?". the panel will take place at the legendary arlyn studios here in austin. panelists include dwight baker, mark hallman, gina fant-saez, jacob sciba and i will be moderating it. just go to austinmusicfoundation.org  for more info and to rsvp. see you there!

my guest for episode 489 is the amazing singer/songwriter, bonnie whitmore! bonnie is about to make a new album and needs your help so she started a pledgemusic campaign. check it out at pledgebonnie.com 25% of all donations go to planned parenthood. bonnie and i had a great conversation about naming her new album, fuck with sad girls, dealing with sexual abuse through music, the detrimental effects of growing up on disney movies, having a female support network, her electronic project, coyotes: life and after life (only available when you donate to her pledge campaign) and much, much more. i had a blast getting to know bonnie. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 488: John Evans

• May 10th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're al doing well. i had a great weekend of gigs with skyrocket. i got to have mother's day brunch with my girlfriend, her sister and her grandmother on sunday. i ended up taking a 4 hour nap after brunch. i've been digging riding around in my new car. it's working out great! i spent my travel time this weekend listening to the audiobook of "under the big black sun: a personal history of l.a. punk" by john doe with tom desavia and a host of others from the first generation of l.a. punk scene including jane wiedlin and charlotte caffey from the gogo's, mike watt, henry rollins and a bunch more. getting to hear everyone tell their own story makes you feel like you're there. great book. anyway, i'm about to talk to co-author, tom desavia via skype for the show. look for that on friday.

my guest for episode 488 is songwriter/producer/frontman/sideman/band member and one of the coolest most talented guys i know, john evans! his brilliant new album, polyester comes out THIS friday, may 13th. he's also having a couple of release shows this weekend, friday, may 13th at the continental club in austin and saturday, may 14th at raven tower in houston. go to johnevansband.com to find out how to get all of his albums and find out when he'll in a town near you. john came by a few weeks ago and we had a great conversation about picking up the pieces of a shattered heart after losing his daughter, the magic of prince, making polyester, touring with el trio grande, what he does as a producer, the fact that i probably saw his band play "i love rock n roll" when we were in jr high together and much, much more. john is a great hang and a phenomenal talent. i hope enjoy getting to know him as much as i did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 487: The Warplanes

• May 6th, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you happy and healthy. things are good here. i've been booking some good shows for you guys. i would announce them, but i don't like to do that until they're done. something about crying wolf and being like "oh my god! y'all are never gonna believe who i got for the show..." then, that person cancels or something. anyway, just know i'm working on some good stuff for you guys. i hope you have a great weekend!

my guests for episode 487 are aric and issac from the rock band, the warplanes! their new e.p., epigenesis is out now. it was produced by my pal, aj vallejo. the warplanes are the austin music foundation's band of the month for may. congrats guys. they have a show here in austin tomorrow, saturday, may 7th at the one-2-one bar. if you're not in austin, you can find them at thewarplanes.net. we have a great conversation about making epigenesis with aj vallejo, uppity sound men, what band of the month means, pitchy whistling and much more. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 486: Jeremy Nail

• May 2nd, 2016

hello friends! i hope you all had a great weekend. i had a good one. photographer, todd wolfson came a shot some amazing photos of my dogs on saturday. the guys were extremely cooperative and at the end, my dog taylor acted all crazy and vicious for the todd. it was hilarious, i'll post some photos of it on the facebook page. then, saturday night skyrocket returned to our old haunt, cedar street courtyard. the show was really fun. people came and they were excited to see us at that venue again. we'll be back there soon. this weekend i finally got on periscope. i don't quite know what to make of it yet. i periscoped a bit, but i'm not sure what or when to periscope. i want to do some stuff with the podcast. i'll let you know when i do. 

my guest for episode 486 is amazing singer/songwriter and one of my favorite people in the world, jeremy nail! jeremy's profoundly powerful and gorgeous new album, my mountain, comes out tomorrow, tuesday, may 3rd. it was produced by the amazing alejandro escovedo, mixed by rock legend, jim scott. the album features the talents of chris searles, bobby daniel, chris masterson, eleanor whitmore, jazz mills, dana falconberry, stephen barber and me. jeremy and i have a great conversation about what it took to make my mountain, surviving cancer, how he couldn't cut it as a rancher, working with legends and much, much more. you can see jeremy perform my mountain at his record release show this friday, may 6th at strange brew in austin, tx. you can find out where and when he's performing by going to jeremynail.com. i hope you enjoy my conversation with jeremy as much as i did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 485: Altamesa

• April 29th, 2016

hey gang! i hope you're all doing well. i've been hanging out with my dogs this week. it's been a real blast! i love hanging with my dogs. for those of you in austin, i want to let you know that the band i'm in, skyrocket will be playing at cedar street courtyard this saturday april, 30th at 9:30. if you haven't seen us, it's a good time. i think i'm going to see adrien quesada's new band at uncle billy's here in austin on sunday. looking forward to that. what's you're weekend like?

my guest for episode 485 is guitar player/singer/songwriter, evan charles who plays under the name altamesa. he has a new album out out, the long ride home and he'll be playing every wednesday at the hole in the wall in austin in june. you can find the long ride home at the altamesa bandcamp page. we have a great conversation about recording with jonas wilson, touring with the happen ins, playing with nic armstrong, the power of herman hesse and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know evan. i did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 484: Jonathan Terrell

• April 26th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you all had a good weekend. things are good here. i've gotten a lot of feedback about friday's show with klbj morning show producer and all-around cool woman, carissa mcatee. you all seem to find her honesty refreshing and compelling. her story is intense and she has an amazing outlook. dealing with food issues, sobriety and break-ups on the air every morning can be a pretty intense experience and carissa is a champ. if you haven't heard it, go back and check it out.

my guest for episode 484 is singer/songwriter, solo artist, rock and roll frontman and texas gentleman, jonathan terrell. some of you may know jonathan from his rock and roll band, not in the face, but he's also an amazing americana solo artist. his most recent release, past the lights of town shows the depths of his songwriting skills. we have a great conversation about black fret, not in the face, touring europe, writing songs, past the lights of town balancing both projects and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know jonathan. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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