Episode 310: Will Knaak Returns!

• September 19th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all "in it" this weekend for summer's last stand. yes, this weekend marks the last weekend of summer. fall starts next week and honestly, i'm ready for fall. my morning runs have been hot and humid festivals of sweat. i'm ready for cool, nice fall morning runs. hey! if you live in austin, today, friday, sept 19th 2014 is "danny crooks day"! no shit! my old friend is being honored by the city for his contributions to the music community. there's a party at the roost at 7 with the showing of a documentary and TONS of bands. i'll be playing some songs at 8. if you went to, or played at steamboat, you should come out and say hi to danny. it's gonna be a great show. i'll be coming back into town to play with skyrocket at 10:30 at the one-2-one bar. we don't do too many shows in the city limits... you should come out. do it!!!!


my guest for episode 310 is amazing guitar player/singer/songwriter, will knaak! will making his second appearance on the show. he's just released his first solo album, the only open road and it's awesome! the album was produced by guitar hero, jeff plankenhorn and features brannen temple on drums and yoggi on bass. it's a pretty impressive debut album. you might know will as being a sideman for many country bands here in texas. he spends a lot of time on tour and has pretty much his whole life. he started out playing young and was out playing professionally when he was 12 years old! we have a great conversation about his journey, the courage it takes to make the step from sideman to frontman and the delicate balance, touring, working with jeff and much, much more. i am a huge fan of will's both as a player and as a person. you will be too after our conversation. lrt's get down!

ciao! -jg




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Episode 309: Charlie Hodge & Lucas Molandes Return!

• September 16th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you all had a great weekend and you'e feeling good about everything. i'm doing well. i played all weekend. i played on friday and saturday with skyrocket and sunday with john bush and his group of awesome musicians including penny jo pullus, john nelson, glenn mcgregor, landis armstrong, brad houser and seth orrell. great times! i love playing at the one-2-one bar. i'm actually playing there this friday september 19th with skyrocket. come out and rock out with us in this sweet south austin club.

my guests for episode 309 are two of my favorite funny men and best pals, charlie hodge and lucas molandes! charlie is hosting a big comedy show tonight at cap city. we talk all about it on the show. anyway, i hang out with thee guys a lot and we do podcast stuff together, so this show is more of just funny dudes hanging out and making each other laugh. i think we need this kind of episode every once in a while. this crazy conversations covers online dating, "i am cumin and i need to be loved", grocery stores, johnny's bagging pet peeves, lucas' sister is super-catholic, charlie wants to start a brick and mortar dating place called "cumin space" and much more insanity. i absolutely love these dudes and i love hanging out with them. i hope you love hanging out with us. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 308: Tommy Taylor

• September 12th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all having a great day and time in your life. really. i want you all to be doing well. i'm doing well. i played my last show for my residency at strange brew on tuesday. it was a blast. kathy valentine played a very acoustic show and she was amazing. i read a facebook post from her that made me think she's probably not doing any more of them which is a drag. anyway, if you missed the residency, i'm sorry. it was fun. hey! if you're in austin this sunday, sept. 14th, i'll be playing with john bush from the new bohemians at his sunday show at one-2-one bar. the show is from 5:30 - 7:30. i'm looking forward to jamming with such great musicians. speaking of jamming with great musicians, if you're in houston tonight friday, sept. 12th, i'll be playing at the continental club with skyrocket! we start at 10. come out and party with us.

my guest for episode 308 is amazing drummer, tommy taylor. i'm sure you've heard tommy play he's the drummer on the christopher cross album with "ride like the wind" and he's played with eric johnson for decades. i met tommy when i was 16 years old. he's always been a great hang and such a great talent. i got to jam with him a lot in the 90's when he played in the "sunday monsters" at steamboat with stephen doster and will sexton. i've been trying to get tommy on the show since i started it. i know he started playing in bands here in austin when he was just a teenager. he ended up playing with christopher cross when he was 20, won grammys. toured the world, played on all the tv shows, went on to play with eric johnson, on spotify alone, songs he's played on have been played over 15 million times. it was an honor to sit down and chat with such an amazing part of rock and roll history. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 307: Paul Oveisi

• September 9th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all dealing with the end of summer with grace and a nice tan. i wanted to swim today, but i've been inside doing a podcast, working on shows i recorded last week and getting ready to run to a session with a guy i'm producing a song for. then later tonight, i'm playing my last "johnny goudie & friends" summer residency at strange brew. i'm going to miss playing there every week. you get spoiled in a room like that. everyone that works there is totally cool, it's artist oriented and it's so nice to play a listening room. anyway, i have a great show tonight, tuesday, september 9th at 8 pm at strange brew lounge side. my guests are, ryan holley, joe reyes and kathy valentine!!!!!! kathy doesn't do acoustic shows so this is a rare treat. come out and see all of these great artists and celebrate my last show of this super fun residency.

my guest for episode 307 is my dear old friend, former momo's owner, paul oveisi! momo's and it's owner were an incredibly important part of the music austin scene during the time it was open. paul wasn't just a club owner, he helped form bands, (the heathens, the coveters) he managed bands (dan dyer, the heathens) he encouraged a culture of community around momo's by having late night jams, suggesting collaborations and of course giving musicians work. paul moved to new york around three years ago with his girlfriend, suzanna choffel and his absence and the closing of momo's have left a hole in what some see as a scene that has not changed for the better. he opened a place in manhattan called, zirzamin which was destroyed by hurricane sandy a couple of months after i played there. anyway, he's moved on to restaurants and he's as interesting and entertaining as ever. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 306: Wrenfro

• September 4th, 2014
hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. maybe you had a short week because of labor day. if so, congratulations. i'm back at it tonight with SKYROCKET!. we're playing the finish line of a fun run tonight here in austin, then we're flying out at 7:30 in the morning to oklahoma city to jump on a shuttle that will take us to some crazy disco-golf tournament a couple of hours outside of okc. i'll be back sunday. should be fun. i want to remind you that tuesday is my last "johnny goudie & friends" residency at strange brew. i have a great line-up that night... ryan holley, joe reyes and the legendary kathy valentine! if you're in austin, come THIS tuesday sept. 9th at 8 pm and let's say goodbye to this summer residency in style!
my guests for episode 306 are tony scalzo and kevin mckinney from the band, wrenfro! kevin and tony have both been on the show and you might know tony from the band fastball and kevin from his band, soulhat. anyway, these amazing talents have joined forces and started a band called, wrenfro. after settling on the right line-up, chris gebhard on bass and ed jarusinsky on drums, they've released  two singles on itunes and cd baby, they're getting ready to embark on a wednesday residency at strange brew starting on wednesday, sept 17th at 8 pm. anyway, we have a great conversation about the state of the music business, fastball,  spotify, wrenfro in the studio and much more. i love kevin and tony. i recommend checking out their music on itunes and if you live in austin, get out to a show and see what they're all about. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 305: Hooka Hey

• September 2nd, 2014

hello friends! i hope you all had an amazing labor day weekend. closed the door on another successful summer. i labored the whole weekend. i played thursday, friday, saturday and sunday. i played at the house of blues in houston on saturday and i took zuri. we stopped on the way into town to see my grandmother and my aunts and cousin. we had a nice visit and a fun trip. i got one of my grandfather's backgammon boards and zuri and i broke it out last night and played 6 games in a row! i love backgammon. hey! if you're in austin tonight i will be playing at strange brew lounge side for my tuesday residency, "johnny goudie & friends". sadly, this is the 2nd to last one. i'm gonna miss it. come out tonight, my guests are the amazing erin ivey and the legendary, kimmie rhodes who will be playing with her ultra-talented son, gabe. music starts at 8. do it!

my guest for episode 305 is french rocker, hugo de saint-quentin from the band, hooka hey! i had the pleasure of sharing the bill with hooka hey on a balcony tv taping on sunday. the band is a raw rock and roll band. the kind you feel might be missing from today's mainstream landscape. i know i do. well, hugo and i talk about that and much, much more. he just moved here from paris, put a band together, recorded an e.p. at two of austin's best studios and they're playing shows al over the state. look or hooka hey coming to a town near you. i had a great time getting to know hugo. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 304: Joe Salinas

• August 29th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're doing well. hanging in there while facing summer's last stand. big labor day plans? i'll be playing like crazy. skyrocket played last night at steiner ranch steakhouse, we play tonight at hanover's in pflugerville, tomorrow, house of blues houston then sunday afternoon, i play a solo set back in austin at joe's crab shack for balcony tv. if you'd like to see the solo show on sunday, just come on down to joe's crab shack at 3 pm. the show is free. my friend, jazz mills is gonna join me for a couple of songs. i love her. sunday funday. do it!

my guest for episode 304 is director/cinematographer/actor/musician, joe salinas! i met joe a coupe of years ago at a comedy show here in austin and since then, i've seen him around and seen tons of videos he's made posted on facebook and twitter. videos by mineral, zookeeper, alejandro escovedo, jason blum and many more. joe came by earlier this week and we chatted about working his way up the texas prison guard system, being in bands, being in "machete kills", making music, making videos mystical mountain trips with alejandro escovedo and much, much more. i'm glad we got together and got to know each other a little better. i hope you enjoy getting to know joe. i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 303: Joe Reyes

• August 26th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're out there successfully getting your nuts like crazy, rabid squirrels. i'm just getting in from a session for a song i'm producing for an artist named, daniel eyes. we cut drums at SPACE with this guy cruz playing and it turned out fantastic! it's a great room, a great studio, that's why i'm glad they're sponsors of this show. quality, great staff and of course, air conditioning. i'll be playing my tuesday residency tonight at strange brew. my guests will be the incredibly talented chris taylor and the phenomenal, little brave. it starts at 8. if you're in austin, come see what it's all about. 

my guest for episode 303 is ultra-talented/multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, joe reyes! you might know joe from the many musical projects he's been involved in like, freddy fender, billy harvey, salim nourallah and many more. or, the many bands he's played/plays in like, lara & reyes, buttercup, demitasse and many more. joe was in town from san antonio a couple of weeks ago and we got together and had a great conversation about his interesting musical journey, san antonio, buttercup, demitasse, freddy fender and much, much more. i love joe. he's an amazing talent and total sweetheart. i hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 302: The Band of Heathens

• August 22nd, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i've had a good week. i had a great show at strange brew on tuesday. i played songs with lang freeman, kacy crowley, kayce laine and joseph king! i also played some songs by myself. what a great night. we had a good sized crowd. i had a blast. i can't believe there are only three left. if you live in austin, come out this tuesday august 26th at 8 pm. my guests will be artist/musician chris taylor from san antonio and little brave from austin. do it. other than that, i'm just getting myself ready for returning to SKYROCKET! tomorrow. we'll be playing a private event in richmond, tx. we haven't played in like 3 weeks... so, i've been going over songs. practice, practice, practice.

my guest for episode 302 is singer/songwriter/guitar player, ed jurdi from the band of heathens! i've been watching the band of heathens pretty much since they started. they started out as a way for three guys with a weekly residency on the same night to join forces become a group. that was in 2005... by 2014 they've got three live albums in their pocket, 5 studio albums out, they record their shows and sell them immediately after the show, they have guys that work for them, they've gone from guys at a club, trying to make a show happen to full-on touring band in demand that has carved out their audience. ed tells me all about how they did it and much more. plus, we go into the momo's scene and how you don't notice how cool those scenes are until you look back. i hope you enjoy getting to know ed jurdi. i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 301: Kevin Wommack / Rain Perry Checks In

• August 19th, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. things are good here. i had a week off from podcasting, three weeks off from SKYROCKET! and i've been puppy-sitting. crazy times. anyway, i'm back! i have four more shows in my tuesday residency at strange brew here in austin. i know. i'm gonna miss it. tonight i have two amazingly talented friends playing with me, kacy crowley and lang freeman from sounds under radio and the rocketboys. i'll also have some friends that are in from nyc sitting in on some songs with me. good times! on this episode, i have a quick phone conversation with californian singer/songwriter-turned documentarian, rain perry about her documentary, "the shopkeeper: a documentary about mark hallman and the congress house". she has an indiegogo campaign to raise money to finish it. here's a link, indegogo link go check it out. mark hallman is my mentor and one of the most important people in my life and i lived in the congress house for 2 years. give what you can.

my guest for episode 301 is manager and label owner, kevin wommack. i've known kevin for nearly 30 years. he's worked with omar and the howlers, sara hickman, guy forsythe, los lonely boys, ben kweller and many more. he also has a label, playing in traffic and run ben kweller's label, the noise company who has just released wild child's "the runaround". kevin has had an amazing career, rich with experiences both high (winning a grammy with los lonely boys) and low (the death of sims ellison from pariah) talking to him is like talking to a jedi of the business. if you're a young band or in any band, i recommend listening to this smart and extremely interesting man. i hope you enjoy my convesation with kevin as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg 
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