Episode 569: Billy Harvey Returns Again!

• February 21st, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a good weekend. I did. I saw Jane Ellen Bryant play on Friday. She was great. On Saturday I got to be in The Megaphone Show at The New Movement Theater. It's a storytelling/improv show like U.C.B's "Asscat" shows. I highly recommend the show to everyone. the actors are all amazing at what they do. The show is extremely funny and it's something to do that's outside the norm. Do it. It's fun.

The amazingly talented and always entertaining, Billy Harvey returns to the show for episode 569! His brilliant new album Elephants In The Room comes out today, Tuesday, February 21st 2017. Billy stopped by while he was in town playing a show and moving his studio from Los Angeles to start a new chapter of his life in Nashville. Billy and I have a great conversation about making Elephants In The Room, his band Reluctant Apostles, his upcoming release with Salim Nourallah and Alex Dezen called NHD, fatherhood, moving to nashville and much, much more! I hope you enjoy my conversation with Billy. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 568: Ian Moore Returns Again!

• February 17th, 2017

Hello friends! I'm a little late putting this out because I went to see Sphynx last night and then went and sang karaoke. I was drunk and terrible which is a great combo right? Anyway, Sphynx was incredible. Their new e.p. is out and it's awesome. Other than that, I want to invite you to a storytelling/improv show I'm doing tomorrow at The New Movement Theater here in Austin. It's called The Megaphone Show. I'll be telling stories and then an improv group will act them out. Should be fun. If you're in town, come out and say hi. Here's a link The Megaphone Show

My dear friend, the amazing Ian Moore returns to the show for episode 568! His gorgeous new album, Strange Days comes out next Tuesday, February 21. Ian was in town rehearsing with his new band and they're hitting the road on the west coast starting March 2nd and ending up in Austin for SXSW. Ian and I have a great conversation about making Strange Days and his last e.p. The Noble Art, selling out vs. making a living, his new non-profit, SMASH bringing affordable health care to Seattle musicians, his songwriting workshops, family and much, much more! I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao!- jg

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Episode 567: Jane Ellen Bryant Returns!

• February 14th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you're all having a decent Valentine's Day. I have no plans. I don't want to participate in a day that magnifies my relationship short-comings and loneliness. However, it's going to be happening al around me today, so I should just stay in. I DID just hit an all-time low a little while ago, My grandma called to wish me a happy Valentine's Day. Now, I know that's sweet, but there is a level of sadness to knowing that she woke up this morning thinking, "No one is going to wish Johnny a happy Valentine's Day today. I better do it, so that he knows someone loves him". Happy Valentine's Day!

The amazingly talented and always entertaining, Jane Ellen Bryant returns to the show today! Jane's brilliant, new single, "All In My Head" drops THIS Friday, February 17th. The song was co-produced by Jane and the great Chris "Frenchie" Smith and recorded at The Bubble. She's having a single release show this Friday February 17th at C-Boy's Heart & Soul here in Austin, TX. To get the single or Jane's latest e.p. Twenties and find out where she's playing, go to janeellenbryant.com. Jane and I sat down an hour before the innauguration and had a great conversation about co-producing "All In My Head", the innauguration, playing shows, keeping a band together and much, much more. I hope you enjoy my conversation with this amazingly talented woman. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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566: Kady Rain Returns Again!

• February 10th, 2017

Hello gang! I'm trying to regroup from my 23 hours and 45 minutes in Las Vegas the last couple of days. I went there to play with The Bodeans. I had a total blast playing with them and hanging out. I've been listening to The Bodeans since I was in high school and their first album came out. I used to sit around and sit play along and sing harmonies with their albums, so it was kind of mind blowing to be onstage with them, including the legendary Kenny Aronoff on drums, playing along and singing harmonies, but for real. They're all wonderful people and I had a great trip.

Austin pop duo, Kady Rain and Ben Bazzrea return to the show for episode 566! Their brilliant e.p. All I Ever Wanted is out and you can find it at kadyrain.com. They're playing a show tomorrow, Saturday February 11th at Indian Roller here in Austin. We have a great conversation about Lady Gaga's Superbowl performance, sleeping naked, douchebag jeans, celebrity teeth whiteness, their latest collaborations, working on their live show, we answer the question "Should Kady dye her hair green?" and much, much more! I hope you enjoy our chat. I sure did. Let's get down!

 

caio! -jg

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Episode 565: Sphynx #5

• February 7th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you're all holding up in this crazy time of extreme insanity. On one hand, it seems like the world is falling apart and on the other, it seems like everything is fine and the news is trying to freak us out 24 hours a day. I went to lake Charles, LA with SKYROCKET! on Saturday and realized that when people put on costumes, drink heavily and let themselves give-in to the joy of music and dancing and celebrating being alive, the insanity that we face on a day-to-day basis, falls away like a bad dream. Of course, it's always there waiting for you when you wake up the next day hungover and wishing everything would just stop.

Cory, Aaron and Todd, better known as the band, Sphynx return to the show for episode 565! Their epic new e.p., Floppy Disco comes out this Friday February 10th. Their playing an e.p. release show in Austin next Thursday, February 16th at Stubb's. Find out more on when they're coming to a town near you or how to get their music by going to sphynxmuxic.com. We have a great conversation about Floppy Disco, working with drummer/producer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Fita & The Tantrums), hanging out in Nashville, playing weddings, touring and much, much more. Sphynx is one of my favorite bands and some of my favorite people. I hope you enjoy our copnversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 564: Tinnarose / Rain Perry, Director Of “The Shopkeeper” Documentary, Checks In!

• February 3rd, 2017

Hello friends! I hope the world is treating you well. Hopefully you're navigating this unprecidented time in history with a cool hand and a lot of grace. Things are crazy out there. Be nice to each other. Rain Perry and i chat via Skype about the amazing documentary about one of my very best friends, Mark Hallman, called, "The Shopkeeper". The movie has been making the festival rounds and is now having it's Austin premier at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at 4pm on Sunday February 12th with an afterparty across the street at teh One-2-One Bar at 6:30. To find out how to get tickets and learn more about the movie, go to shopkeepermovie.com Check it out now!

Devon McDermott and Morris Ramos from the art/rock band, Tinnarose are my guests for episode 564! Their new album, My Pleasure Has Returned is available now and they're doing some shows in Texas in the next week before they head out on an eastcoast tour in a couple of weeks. We have a great conversation about how they came together as a band, The Grateful Dead, dealing with loss, making My Pleasure Has Returned, 70's jazz and much, much more. Go to tinnarose.com to get the album and find out when they're coming to a town near you. I hope you enjoy getting to know Devon and Morris. I sure did. Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 563: Daisy O’Connor Returns! / Giulia Millanta Stops By!

• January 31st, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Things are getting weirder all the time with the news, but let's not talk about it here... Deal? Deal. My friend, Giulia Millanta stopped by the other day to talk about her new album, Moonbeam Parade which you can find on itunes and at giuliamillanta.com but you won't find it on Spotify. We have a great conversation about "going electric" for Moonbeam Parade, going to and finishing medical school then deciding to become a professional musician, Blues Cruises, touring Europe and much more! Giulia will be playing tonight, Tuesday 1/31 at The Saxon Pub at 8 pm.

Daisy O'Connor returns to the show for episode 563! Her gorgeous, new album, Lightchasers comes out this Friday, February 3rd and she's playing a record release show that same night at The Cactus Cafe' here in Austin. Go to daisyoconnor.com for all things Daisy. Daisy and i had a great conversation that covers everything from making Lightchasers, touring on her own since she ws last on the show, surviving an awful car accident at the end of last year, dealing with depression, kissing Danny Malone on NYE and much, much more! I love talking to Daisy and I think you'll enjoy listening to us. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 562: The Traveling Ones

• January 27th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you've all had as little stress this week as possible. If you watch the news or engage in social media, you might have noticed there's an unprecidented level of controversy surrounding this country's new prez. There's a lot of unease among folks worried about their rights. A lot of people turning on each other and attacking one and other on social media. A lot of, "I've been too quiet for too long about this but..." posts on facebook from boths sides of the aisle. Just a quick reminder that you should go out and see music. I did that a few times this week and it totally took me out of that "Oh my God! What's happening now?!?!" state of mind I get in when I'm watching the news or what ever CNN has become. Go out and see live music and it will take out of that head and into the beautiful world of art and creativity. 

My guests for episode 562 are Justin Ahmanson and Emily Villareal, professionally known as, The Traveling Ones. Their debut albuum, Meet Me There comes out next Friday, February 3rd and they're playing a release show that same day at Stubb's here in Austin. They'll also be playing other release shows around Texas so just go to travelingones.com to see when they're coming to a town near you. Justin and Emily and I have a great conversation that takes us from their humble beginnings as solo artists to meeting each other, falling in love and joining forces musically, making Meet Me There on their own and much more. It seems to be working for them. I hope you enjoy getting to know Emily and Justin. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 561: Leopold And His Fiction Returns Again! / Moxxy Stops By!

• January 24th, 2017

Hello friends! i hope this episode finds you all doing well in life. Maybe you marched this weekend in the historical march. If you did, congratlations. That was an historic event for everyone. Quirky pop band, Moxxy stopped by the other day to talk about their self-titled e.p. that just came out a couple of weeks ago. The e.p. was produced by Quiet Company frontman, Taylor Muse. If you live in Austin, you can see Moxxy this Thursday, January 26th at The Sahara Lounge. Check it out!

Daniel Leopold from Leopold And His Fiction returns to the show for episode 561! They're releasing their new album, Darling Destroyer this Friday, January 27th. They'll be on tour of the U.S. from now until March 13th. Go to leopoldandhisfiction.com to find ut if they're coming to a town near you. If you live in Austin, they'll be playing a record release show at Stubb's tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25th 2017. Daniel and I have a great conversation about what it took to make Darling Destroyer, touring the U.S. like crazy and much, much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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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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