Episode 328: Thee Dollar Shows’ Lauren Bruno & Sarah Rucker

• November 21st, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all surfing through life on the "big wave" and owning it! i've gone one week without a cigarette, so i'm going kinda nuts. i'm doing the blu electronic vapor cig... it's okay. i kinda feel like being an asshole but i think i'm doing a good job of curbing my anger and counting to 10. i think i can do it. this time seems o be the easiest of all. i just have to make sure that when i'm out having the cocktails, i don't get cocky and be a;;, "hey man. give me a cig. i can have just one. i have tht kind of power over myself and my addictions..." i don't. that's how i slip back into the smoking. gotta stay away. i can't have just one. 

my guests for episode 328 are both making their second appearance on the show, lauren bruno and sarah rucker! they have teamed up and started a non-profit called, 3 dollar shows. the point is to have events that connect the arts community with the social issues community. you can find out more at here! $3 shows anyway, lauren and sarah came by a couple of weeks ago and we talked about $3 shows, dating, non-profits, making music, lauren's recent appearance on pbs' "art in context" and much, much more. at the end of the show lauren graces us with a live performance on my piano. good times! i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 327: The Bluebonnets

• November 18th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. keeping warm. enjoying the cold, not fighting it. i'm deep in battle right now... with myself. it's awful. it's like the civil war, i'm the only one losing. i'm quitting smoking. this is day 4. day 4 sucks my ass. ultimately, i'm glad i'm quitting, but it just sucks to go through days where all you're thinking is, "i wanna smoke! don't smoke! I wanna smoke! don't smoke!" all day long. ugh! i'm smoking this blu vapor cig that stephen dorff endorses.... is he cool? anyway, wish me luck. 

my guests for episode 327 are one of my favorite rock and roll bands around, the bluebonnets!!! the bluebonnets have just released a new album last week, play loud, and it is awesome! it's the kind of album i've been waiting for and lucky for me, my friends made it! they just got back from an east coast tour with jane lee hooker, they've been playing release shows all week and doing press, and they're doing one last instore today (tues. 11/18/14) at waterloo records in austin at 5 pm1 anyway, i love the bluebonnets. i've gotten to play with them. i have a band with kathy and dominique. kathy and i write songs together and we get along fantastically. they're an amazing band and some of my favorite people. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down! 
ciao! -jg
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Episode 326: Matt Giles

• November 14th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all keeping warm wherever you are. it's freezing here in austin. i have spent the day running around and rebuilding my pedal board. if you're not a guitar player, it probably doesn't sound terribly exciting. if you are a guitar player, you feel my excitement. i have a pedals just strewn around for the last couple of years since i dismantled my last pedal board. anyway, i've got all the stuff now and after i write this, i'm going to get busy putting it together. rock on, bitches!!!!

my guest for episode 326 is the amazing singing, songwriting, guitar player, matt giles! matt has been playing with quite a few people here in austin since the 90's. his most recent project, the drakes, plays every tuesday at the one-2-one bar here in austin, tx. he also is a guitar player for many folks here in town like, amanda pearcy, woodboss, penny jo pullus, the stir and many more. i got to see the drakes a couple of week ago and i loved it. i hope you enjoy getting to know matt giles. i did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg

ciao! -jg
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Episode 325: Jason McMaster Returns!

• November 11th, 2014

hello chosen people of podcast land! i hope you're all doing well and settling into fall. maybe you've already had the first fire of the season... the holidays are coming and i hope you're prepared. maybe you've made your plans. i think i've made mine. i'm not going to thanksgiving with my family like normally do. sadly, shows have prevented that from happening this year. oh well. i'l have christmas with the family. hey! i want to let you now that one of our favorite guests and one of my dear friends, suzanna choffel has a pledge music campaign and it's coming to a close in 6 days. you can help her put that album out by going to her pledge music campaign page and getting involved with her album.

my guest for episode 325 is rocker, jason mcmaster! jason is making his second appearance on the show. you might know jason from his many, many bands including, watchtower, dangerous toys, gahdzilla motor company, broken teeth, evil united and many, many more. his band, evil united just put out a fantastic new album, honored by fire. he's been putting out hard rock for four decades and he's recently released a single called, "xmas time" that is a total departure from what we know jason for. he's a great artist with a ton of musical output and he's a really sweet guy and i've enjoyed his friendship for over 20 years now. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 324: Cody Bryan / Mike Flanigin Checks In

• November 7th, 2014

hello friends! i hope everyone survived election day. i did. i had a good parking/short line scene at my voting place. i'm glad those nasty commercials are off tv. although, i will say, i'm gonna miss greg abbott's mother in law. she seems nice. i want to let you know that i will be on the koop radio 91.7 on saturday from 3-4pm playing some songs and chatting with with rush evans. check it out. i'm sure you can hear it on line. on this episode i check in with mike flanigin on the phone. he's got a kickstarter campaign for his ultra-personal, start-studded album, "the drifter". i am a huge fan of mike's, he's an amazing talent and he's got billy gibbons, alejandro escovedo, gary clark jr., kat edmonson and many more on this album. he's got a little under a month left on his campaign. so go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1294454178/the-drifter?ref=discovery watch his promo movie and donate. let's help mike get this album out!

my guest for episode 324 is singer/songwriter, cody bryan! i met cody a few weeks ago when we were both guests on a podcast here in austin. i checked out his music, i thought he was cool and i invited him over for a conversation. he came over and we talked about his new album, wreck me, working with matt novesky, what's up with country music, nashville country vs. texas country, growing up with cool supportive parents, having your dad play bass with you and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know cody. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 323: Ed Jarusinsky

• November 4th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you've voted and feel good about the decision you've made as to who will be our leaders. just remember, if it ends up terrible, it's all your fault. just kidding. i hope you're all doing well. i am. i have gotten a slow start with this podcast because i just got behind. that happens. i had a good weekend in houston playing shows with skyrocket and hanging out with my family. this week we're home. we only have one skyrocket show which is this saturday, at hanovers in pflugerville. if you live in the north austin area, come out and experience the madness.

my guest for episode 323 is the amazing drummer, ed jarusinsky! you might know ed from him playing with robyn ludwick, kevin mckinney, wrenfro and many, many more. i've known ed for a few years but not very well so i was excited to sit down and have a long talk with him. boy did we have a long talk about everything from a 70's kiss concert on hbo, growing up in conneticut, getting into metal, prog and jazz, the university of north texas, moving to austin and navigating the scene and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know ed. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 322: Not In The Face

• October 31st, 2014

hello friends! happy halloween. i hope all of you little goblins are enjoying the weirdest day of the year. i am in houston with skyrocket this weekend. we're playing several shows. i'll be hanging out with my family when i'm not playing. i'm looking forward to it. i got a new pedal board in the mail and i am having the time of my life putting it together. i have to make a mr. rocket baby board, then after that show, i'm going to figure out what my next band is gonna be. i'll let you know.

my guests for episode 322 are rock and roll band, not in the face! i've been trying to get these guys on for about a year and a half. i am a huge fan of their music and it turns out they're really cool guys. i go to go to their rehearsal space/home and we sat on the porch and talked about working with bob ezrin, staying hungry, working hard, touring with X, traditional rock and roll and much, much more. i really love this band and i had a great time getting to know them. you will too. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 321: Ron Flynt

• October 28th, 2014
hello friends! i hope your lives are cruising along like a yacht on open water. i'm well. i've been doing podcasts all day. i can't for you to hear them. i'm also getting my set together for my solo show tonight at the volstead. if you're in austin, the volstead is celebrating the anniversary of the volstead act with a party and i'm on the bill. come on out and throw down on the east side! also, if you live in houston, skyrocket will be playing at the house of blues bronze peacock room, THIS thursday 10/30/14. get yourself some tickets and come party with us on a thursday!
my guest for episode 321 is power pop legend/producer, ron flynt! i have had the pleasure of playing a couple of songerwriter-in-the-rounds with ron over the years. he's always been a super nice and amazingly talented dude. you might know ron from the seminal power pop band, 20/20. he's put out several solo albums, produced several albums and is currently in the drakes. ron came by and we sat down and talked about growing up in broken arrow oklahoma, moving to l.a., being one of the first bands interviewed on mtv, getting "locked in" by phil spector, touring with ramones and hall & oates, making music for hanna/barbera cartoons, making records for people, the drakes and much, much more. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 320: Chris Frenchie Smith Returns!

• October 25th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. things are good here. i've had a busy week... i played with SKYROCKET!, recorded with kimmie rhodes, did a couple of podcasts and went to a party. it's been a good week. i'm about to hit the road to houston for a show tonight. so yeah. busy times. speaking of busy times, i have a couple of solo shows this week. tomorrow, sunday october 26th, i'll be playing a fundraiser at the spider house ballroom at 4 pm. come out and support the children. on tuesday, october 28th, i'll be playing a celebration of the volstead act at the volstead here in austin. i play at 8:30. also on the bill, nathan harlan! come out and say hi.

my guest for episode 320 is musician/producer/label owner and now manager, chris frenchy smith! you might know frenchy as the musician behind sixteen deluxe and young heart attack or as producer or as owner of the bubble. this is frenchy's second appearance on the show. he was on in the summer of 2013. anyway, we got together last week and caught we talked about everything from the foo fighters vs. U2 and the way they're releasing their albums, spotify, buying music, his new adventure as co-manager of the band purple, frenchy smith records and much, much more. frenchy and i have been friends for 23 years and i always have a great time talking to him. i hope you enjoy it. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg i did. 
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Episode 319: Johnny Goudie W/ Guest Host: Mark Hallman

• October 21st, 2014

hello friends! i hope you all feel a lot better than i look. i have been playing gigs and been in the studio playing on the last parts of the kimmie rhodes album. i had an amazing day yesterday with kimmie, her son, gabe, glenn fukanaga, dony wynn and bradley the patient and sweet engineer. it's been a lot of fun. kimmie has really gone out of her way to make sure i know how good she thinks i am and that just means the world to me. having someone of her caliber bring me in to her world as a collaborator with all the freedom in the world is really special. plus, it really feels like family when you're working with the rhodes clan. what a great time! i'll let you guys know when the album is out. i'm looking forward to it.

episode 319 is a bizzarro world episode of "how did i get here?" because i am the guest and mark hallman is the host. we actually recorded this episode in the summer of 2013. there were some weird things that went down with my mom's case, which we thought was over. her murderer got an appeal just a couple of weeks after we recorded this. i was pretty bummed out about the appeal and in his episode, mark and i talk about how great the outcome of the original trial was, but then i felt awful for a couple of months and didn't put this out. well, i came across it the other day and listened to it and decided to put it out. mark did an amazing job of hosting and guiding the conversation. there is a lot of love and history with us in our 32 year friendship/mentorship. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i did. i'd like to thank mark for taking the time and for being my friend. let's get down!
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