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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Episode 500: Live at The Townsend w/ AJ Vallejo, Nakia, Kathy Valentine, Taylor Muse, Suzanna Choffel

• June 24th, 2016

hello friends! we did it! we hit 500 episodes and we did it in style. on monday, june 20th i was joined by aj vallejo, nakia, kathy valentine, taylor muse and suzanna choffel at the townsend here in austin, tx. we have a great and crazy conversation aj vallejo and i talk about our cooking show, "cooking/drinking w/ johnny & aj" and being producer of the year. we talk to nakia about his prince shows where he raised $15,000 for the sims foundation and haam. kathy tells about her new book, the movie she got to be in the new bluebonnet songs and videos. taylor muse and his love for chicken wings and star wars and suzanna choffel talks about jem & the holograms, her new album and much, much more! i want to thank juan alsina for recording the show, the townsend for having us and being so supportive of the show and last but not least, all of the people who came out and made it such a special night. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 499 Part Two: The Conversations

• June 21st, 2016

hello friends! yesterday was the first day of summer. are you ready? have you chosen your summer jam? i have... i announced it at our live show last night for episode 500. it's "make me like you" by gwen stefani. what's yours? you can be a hit at any pool party, backyard bbq, boat ride, beach house party by playing my summer jam 2016 playlist available on spotify. i'll post a link on our facebook page. 

episode 499 part 2: the conversations is a clip show of some of the highlights of the last hundred shows. you'll hear joe king carrasco talk about being banned from saturday night live, being the first poster boy for mtv and more. mike flanigin talks to me about why he chose billy gibbons to sing the title track from his latest album, the drifter. chip pope talks about writing for tv, the natasha leggero special and more. lincoln durham explains how he's lived in his head since he was a kid. director penelope spheeris and her daughter anna talk about "the decline of western civilization part 2: the metal years". brannen temple gives me a history lesson on the origin of bebop. emily wolfe talks about hitting bottom and getting sober. bruce sudano talks about staying inspired after 40 plus years in the business and how casablanca told his band to play disco. once again, it's been a great hundred episodes. i look forward to the next 500. thank you so much for listening. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 499 Part One: The Music

• June 17th, 2016

hello friends! i want to remind you that we are recording our 500th podcast live this coming monday, june 20th at 8 pm at the townsend here in austin, tx. my guests will be nakia, kathy valentine, taylor muse (quiet company), suzanna choffel and aj vallejo! come out and celebrate with us! enjoy fine cocktails, delicious snacks and a great conversation with some of he most entertaining musicians around. plus, there's no cover!!!

episode 499 part one: the music is a playlist i put together out of some of the music i've been turned on to by guests over the last hundred episodes. part two will be excerpts of conversations from soem of the last hundred episodes. look for that on tuesday. here's the track listing for episode 499 part one: the music...

 1. "baby when i close my eyes" - sweet spirit
 2. "stop the world" - mike flanigin w/ gary clark jr.
 3. "echo of whoos" - calliope musicals
 4. "no one gonna give you love" - my jerusalem
 5. "down to the ocean" - jeremy nail
 6. "atta blues" - emily wolfe
 7. "withdrawal" - max frost
 8. "september in your eyes" - bruce sudano
 9. "summer samaritan" - los coast
10. "ready for war" - love & chaos
11. "work" - tank washington
12. "heartbreak bugaloo" - the midnight stroll
13. "sweet dreaming" - daniel eyes and the vibes
14. "southern suburbian" - sally allen
15. "one" - moving panoramas
16. "polyester" - john evans
17. "i don't wanna have to lie" - lolo

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Episode 498: Arthur Yoria

• June 14th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i want to invite those of you who live in austin to our live podcast recording of episode 500 at the townsend on monday, june 20th at 8 pm. my guests will be taylor muse (quiet company), suzanna choffel, kathy valentine, a.j. vallejo and nakia. go to our facebook event page for more info. come out and celebrate 500 episodes of "how did i get here?". plus, there's no cover!

see you on monday!

my guest for episode 498 is singer/songwriter, arthur yoria! arthur and i go back a few years and he's always been one of my favorite people to play shows with because i'm such a fan of him and his music. arthur has a new single and video out for the beautiful song, "ruff life" and is currently working on a new album for splice records. find out all about where he's playing and how to get his music by going to arthuryoria.com. arthur came by a few weeks ago. i hadn't seen him in a few years and we had a great conversation about taking a break from from the grind of the biz, meeting his dog rita, working on new music for a new album, dealing with medications and much, much more! i had a great time catching up with my old friend. enjoy! let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 497: Sally Allen

• June 10th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. summer is upon us. i haven't chosen my summer jam, but i am zeroing in on something and i'll be announcing my summer jam on monday june 20th (which is the first day of summer) at our live recording of episode 500 at the townsend here in austin. i've been consulting with some friends who taking making a decision on a summer jam a priority in their lives. so, let us know what your summer jam is. post it on our "how did i get here?" facebook page. maybe you can turn me on to something i haven't heard yet.

my guest for episode 497 is singer/songwriter, sally allen. sally just put out an amazing new album, eight track sessions that she recorded on her own on an eight track recorder. sally is also one of the shiny soul sisters singing back-up for recent guest, shinyribs. her cover of tom petty's "refugee" is featured on the friends of sims album that came earlier this year. sally and i had a great conversation about recording eight track sessions, touring with shinyribs, meeting robert plant and much, much more! i hope you enjoy getting to know sally. i sure did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 496: Amanda Cevallos Returns!

• June 7th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. things are good here. it's nice that it finally stopped raining where i live. my week started off with a few podcasts that i hoe you all will enjoy in a few weeks. i got to talk to texas country star, bri bagwell and badass singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, jane ellen bryant. i had a blast getting to know both of these amazingly talented women. you'll be hearing from them in a few weeks. don't forget, if you live in austin, we are having our 500th episode live at the townsend on monday, june 20th at 8pm. my guests will be, taylor muse (quiet company), aj vallejo, kathy valentine, suzanna choffel and nakia. this event is free! come celebrate with us. go to our facebook event page for details. 

singer/songwriter, amanda cevallos returns to the show for episode 496! amanda is coming off of an extremely intense and tumultuous year including losing her mother. her new album, got me where you want me came out last year right before her mother took ill. but amanda is back! her band, the high hands are with her and they're playing all around this summer promoting got me where you want me. we have a great conversation about making the new album, losing a parent and getting her life back together, her plans for the summer and much, much more. i hope you enjoy my conversation with amanda. i sure did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
 
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Episode 495: Charlie Faye and The Fayettes

• June 3rd, 2016

hello people! i hope you're all doing well. it seems like it hasn't stopped raining for like a month here in austin. there's flash flooding, you can't go swimming, when it stops raining and the sun comes out, the outside world becomes a steam sauna... it's really kinda gross. i'm playing a couple of shows with skyrocket this weekend and i'm really glad they're both inside shows. speaking of which, we'll be playing at the mercer street dance hall in dripping springs on friday, june 3rd and at the continental club in houston on saturday, june 4th. if you live in those towns are interested, you can find out more about us at skyrockettheband.com

singer/songwriter, charlie faye returns to the show for episode 495! she has a new musical project, a new band and a new album with a fresh take on the 60's girl group sound and look. the self-titled, charlie faye & the fayettes comes out next friday, june 10th. the first single "sweet little messages" is already getting great reviews and has charted on the americana music charts. the core of the group is charlie and her two amazing back-up singers, akina adderly and betty soo, but just like the great girl group records of the sixties, charlie faye & the fayettes is a who's who of amazing studio musicians, including members of elvis costello and the attractions, jellyfish, lone justice and more. go to charliefayeandthefayettes.com to find out where they're playing and how to get the album. i hope you enjoy my conversation with charlie faye. i sure did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 494: The Midnight Stroll / Kady Rain Stops By!

• May 31st, 2016

hello friends! i hope everyone had a great memorial day weekend. i did. i played some gigs with skyrocket, zuri and i laid low on sunday and i actually did a couple of podcasts yesterday. i want to let you guys know about that skyrocket will be playing in the hill country this friday, june 3rd at mercer street dance hall in dripping springs and friday, june 4th, we'll be playing at the continental club in houston. come out, it's a good time. kady rain stops by in the intro of the show to talk about the gofundme page they started to finish their e.p., make a video, hire a publicist and make some new merch. they're very close to reaching their goal. you can help them make it. 

ghostland observatory frontman, aaron behrens and producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, jonas wilson collectively known as the midnight stroll, return to the show today for episode 494! they've both been on before on their own, now they back together to talk about the gorgeous new midnight stroll album, heartbreak bugaloo, which comes out tomorrow, wednesday, june 1st! you can find it at all the regular online places including their bandcamp page. we have a great conversation about how they wrote and recorded heartbreak bugaloo together, ghostland observatory's summer schedule, jonas's solo albums, we try to figure out who the new rock heroes are and much, much more! i love hanging out and talking to these guys. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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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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