Episode 560: “Honky Tonk Heaven: The Legend of the Broken Spoke” Co-director, Brenda Greene Mitchell

• January 20th, 2017

Hello friends! Well, it's today. This strange day we've all been anxious about. Wether you're excited about this president or bummed, there's still an odd level of anxiety about all of this change. A lot of people in my circle are gong to be marching against this guy in Austin tomorrow. I'm not. I really don't think that's gonna do much for anyone except make you feel like you marched and no one outside of your fellow marchers cared about your march. That's just me. I just hope we can all find a way to get along and I hope this guy isn't as bad as he's making it seem he'll be. Good luck to all of us. 

My guest for episode 560 is "Honky Tonk Heaven: The Legend of the Broken Spoke" co-director, Brenda Greene Mitchell! This brilliant documentary tells the story of the legendary Texas honky tonk, The Broken Spoke here in Austin. The story is told through charismatic and tenacious owners, James and Annetta White and includes interviews with such legends as, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jesse Dayton and more! I've had the pleasure of knowing Brenda since I was 11 or 12. She has always been passionate about music and has owned clubs, promoted shows and benefits. The movie is brilliant and touching and you can find it at brokenspokefilm.com I hope you enjoy my conversation with my dear, old friend, Brenda. I sure did. Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 559: Demi The Daredevil

• January 17th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a good Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Things are good here. Spent the weekend practicing and playing. I went to C-Boys after my gig on Friday and saw Mike Flanigin and Jimmie Vaughan play the end of their set. It's really awesome to live in a town where you can get home from a gig at 12:30, get to C-Boys a bit before 1 a.m. and see these amazing and legendary artists play at a club. Pretty great. If you live in Austin, SKYROCKET! wil be playing at Cedar Street Courtyard this Friday, January 20th. Come out and party with us.

My guests for episode 559 are Marc Martel and Jeff Azar from Austin art-rock band, Demi The Daredevil! Their new e.p., Secret Schizoid is out now and available by going to demithedaredevil.com. They wil be playing tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 18th at The Mohawk in Austin, TX. Jeff and marc and I have a fantastic conversation about growing up in El Paso, playing together in their first band as teenagers, the death of their original lead singer, being hospitalized for mental issues, making Secret Schizoid on their own, the effects of porn on society and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know these sweet lads. I sure did. Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 558: Skye Strickler

• January 13th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope this episode finds you well and enjoying life to it's fullest. Things are good here. I've doing tons of podcasts this week. Six to be exact. I got super-behind during the holidays to where a couple of weeks ago, i was doing podcasts the day before they are posted. I haven't goten behind like that in a few years, so I'm making up for it over the next couple of weeks by getting ahead again. Over the next few weeks, look for great converations with Leopold And His Fiction, Daisy O'Connor, Demi The Daredevil and more. 

Pop artist, Skye Strickler is my guest for episode 558! Skye's brilliant, debut e.p., DNA is out now. You find it and more at skyestrickler.com. I met Skye a couple of months ago and I've run into him at different events. He is a really nice guy with incredible energy and an amazing wealth of talent. Skye and I have a great conversation about growing on a farm in rural Kansas, his humble beginnings in musical theater in his teens, the dangers of being "rufeed", making DNA with his producer in Guadalajara and much, much more. I had a great time getting to know Skye. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 557: Barbara Nesbitt

• January 10th, 2017

Hey gang! I hope you're all thawing out after the freezing winter weather that engufed most of the United States this weekend. I actually have my windows open today and it's really nice out. With all of the freezing weather this weekend, my gig on Friday got cancelled and i ended up staying home Friday and Saturday night. I'm glad we don't have long winters here because just after two days, I start to go nuts and get really depressed. So sad and confused that I gave in to a Red Lobster "Shrimp-fest" commercial... I talk aboutit in the intro. 

Singer/songwriter, Barbara Nesbitt is my guest for epsiode 557! Her fourth solo album, the gorgeous, Right As Rain comes out this Friday, January 13th and she's playing a release show at Strange Brew Loungeside here in Austin on Saturday, January 14th. Barbara and I have a great conversation about co-producing Right As Rain, playing in a jam band in her teens in Virginia, long singing engagments in China, The Whiskey Sisters and much, much more! To find out where and when she's playing go to barbaranesbitt.com I hope you enjoy getting to know Barbara. I sure did. Let's get down! 

 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 556: Seela Returns!

• January 6th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope the new year is treating you well. Before I get too far into this, I talk about SKYROCKET! playing at Cedar Street tonight (Friday 1/6) in the intro... Well, it's been cancelled due to the weather. I guess I'm going to go out and take advantage of "free week" here in Austin this weekend. There are a lot of shows. If you live here, maybe I'll see you out. 

Seela Misra returns to the show for episode 556! Her gorgeous new album, Track You Down is out now. She'll be playing a record release show at The Cactus cafe' here in Austin on Wednesday, January 18th. Seela and i have known each other and been friends for years. I always have a blast hanging with her and this time was no different. We have a fantastic conversation about making Track You Down, touring with Matt The Electrician, her love for her dog and husband, what to do with your hands when you're just singing back-up with someone and much, much more! I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 555: Rival Waves

• January 3rd, 2017

Happy new year my friends! I hope that 2017 brings you everything you want and everything you need. There's a thin veil of optimism this week... or maybe it's just me. I don't know. I don't think I rang in the new year the right way. Not that i didn't want to play the 5th annual SKYROCKET! show in Houston, it's more like I should have prepared and maybe bright a guest. Even jut a friend. I had this wave of, "oh wow. you don't have a girlfriend, you don't have kids, your dogs live with your ex" loneliness when I got back to my hotel. So far, 2017 is preying on my insecurities.

My guest for episode 555 is Joel De La Garza from the rock band, Rival Waves! Their latest single, "Amputee" is available now on all of the digital platforms, just go to rivalwaves.com an get involved. Their next single, "Transducer" comes out Friday, January 20th and they're celebrating the release with a release show at The One-2-One Bar on Saturday, January 21st. Joel and I have a great conversation about getting some of his heroes to play on his recordings, growing up in the Rio Grande Valley and crossing the border to party at 15, Mariah-gate and much, much more. Happy new year!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 554: Goodbye 2016! With Laurie Gallardo and Taylor Muse

• December 30th, 2016

Hello friends! 2016 was the most tumultuos year that I can remember... or at least it felt that way. For the last episode of the year, I sit down with two of my friends, KUTX's Laurie Gallardo and Quiet Company frontman, Taylor Muse! We discuss all things 2016; the deaths, the music, the movies, tv, books and of course, the politics. Pop culture was turned on it's head in 2016 and I really felt it deserved it's own show. I hope you enjoy this chat between friends. I sure did. What did you think of 2016? I want to wish you all a very happy and safe new year! Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 553: Cure For Paranoia

• December 27th, 2016

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! I hope your Christmas was a great success. I had a great Christmas! I got to spend time with my family. Everyone enjoyed each other's company. The dinner was a success and i think we all did well with the presents. There are kids ther now so that adds a whole new level of joy and celebration. We drank a lot of vodka and had a lot of laughs. Happy holidays everyone!

My guests for episode 553 are Dallas hip-hop/soul/funk band, Cure For Paranoia! They've only been around a year and in that short time they've released two singles with their response to the Dallas shootings, "We Matter" which was featured on the Huffington Post Blog, they opened for Ludacris, they played Erikah Badu's birthday party, they've played all around Texas and won "Best New Act" in The Dallas Observer Music Awards just a few weeks ago. We have a great conversation about their incredible journey. Find out when they're coming to a town near you at cureforparanoia.com. I hope you enjoy getting to know these guys as much as I did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 552: The Mammoths

• December 23rd, 2016

Hello friends! Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukuh! Happy Holidays! What ever you do to celebrate this time of year, I wish you happiness. I have finished my Christmas shopping. I have done my wrapping and I am ready to head out to speand a few days with my family and celebrate this holiday. Hopefully nobody fights or cries or gets upset or leaves or anything like that. Have a good holiday! 

My guests for episode 552 are Austin rockers, The Mammoths! Their new e.p. Golden Spell comes out January 5th. Their single "So Cold" is out now. This January they'll embark on their first six-week U.S. tour in support of Golen Spell. The tour startis on January 14th in Grand Junction Colorado and ends at Arlene's Grocery in New York City on March 3rd got to themammothsmusic.com to find out if they're coming to a town near you. We have a great conversation about how they write as a band, their love of rock and roll, my love of Astroglide and much, much more! Happy Holidays everyone! Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 551: Chris Taylor Returns!

• December 20th, 2016

Hello friends! I hope you're all staying warm. I am. I actually made a huge dent in my Christmas shopping today. That's always a relief. How did we make Christmas so stressful? It makes you realize how poor you are, how much you wish you could give people. At the same time, you stress out getting your cousin's boyfriend something you think he'll like and he's not even going to show up. I spent a lot of time the last couple of years buying people music I thought they would like, but i've seen a couple of cd's I bought over the last couple of years still in the cellophane. Merry Christmas!

San Antonio's hyper-prolific artist/singer/songwriter, Chris Taylor returns to the show for episode 551! Chris put out three albums in 2016, the electronic, Re: Imagine, the gorgeous double-album, Never Ending Now and the politically infused, USBlues. Three fantastic albums! You can find all of his albums and his amazing artwork at christaylorworld.com. Chris and i met up at Sam's Burger Joint Music Hall before my gig in San Antonio a couple of weeks ago. We have a great conversaion about what drove Chris to make 3 albums this year, playing with his band, fighting fear with art, what the election year means to him and much, much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I did. Let's get down!

 

Ciao! -jg

 

 

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