Episode 462: The Wealthy West / Rev. Wade with “Soul of a Musician Series” stops by!

• February 9th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i hope you are having a good start to your week. things are good here. i'm playing a show in houston tonight. i think it's some kind of mardi gras party. speaking of shows, i'm playing in a songwriter-in-the-round tomorrow, wed. 2/10 from 8-10 at the townsend in austin. i'll be playing with two former guests of the podcast, seela and tom meny. cover is $5. come out and hear some songs and stories! speaking of songs and stories, rev. merrill wade from st. matthews episcopal started a concert series that is entering it's 4th year here in austin, the "soul of a musician series" starts this sunday, feb. 14th (valentine's day) with amy cook. the shows are on sundays, 6:30 pm sharp at iron cactus north. the good reverend stops by this episode and gives us the low-down on the series. if you'd like to find out more fro yourself, go to soul of a musicians series and get involved.

my guest for episode 462 is rocketboys singer, brandon kinder who released a new album TODAY, long play, with his solo project, the wealthy west! the album, long play is gorgeous collection of brandon's darker, quieter and more introverted side. i got to play a show with brandon a couple of months ago and i was really taken with this gorgeous collection of songs. if you live in austin, he's playing a release show at teller's on friday, 1/12 at 8 pm. you can find out all about the show and the wealthy west at thewealthywest.com i hope you guys enjoy my conversation with brandon. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao!
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Episode 461: Bale Creek Allen

• February 5th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i'm good. i had a busy day of podcasting. i'm looking forward to bringing you guys some good conversations. i'm going to galveston with skyrocket tomorrow to play a mardi gras party. i thought we were playing the galveston mardi gras, but we're not.  sometimes i don't know what's going on until i get a show sheet a couple of days before the show. welcome to "johnnyworld" population: me. 

my guest for episode 461 is a true artist and a dear old friend, bale creek allen. bale is a true artist because to me he is aggressively creative. by that, i mean he works in bronze sculpture, painting, photography, neon, wood work, spoken word, theater and music. i honestly love his work in all of those mediums. in the last 25 years that i've known him, i've seen many of his art shows, music shows and more. his work is always honest, powerful, sometimes brutal and always beautiful. he's a really sweet and inspiring person to be around. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 460: The Halfways

• February 2nd, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all had a good weekend. i actually had a weekend. i didn't play this weekend, so my weekend was "normal". friday was girlfriend, zuri's birthday and we had brunch, went shopping, had a nice french dinner, saw a comedy show, saw a rock & rock/sex show and got really drunk. we got down on friday night and could not get back up on saturday. anyway, i had a great weekend. happy birthday zuri!

my guests for episode 460 are daniel and alejandro from psychedelic rock band, the halfways! the halfways just released their debut e.p. a couple of weeks ago, they've been playing in and around texas for the last few months and they're the austin music foundation's band of the month. daniel and alejandro came by a few weeks ago and we had a great conversation about trying to rock in miami, making their way to austin, finding bandmates and bands through ads, making the new ep and much, much more. you can find out all you need from the halfways by going to thehalfways.com. i hope you enjoy getting to now these guys as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 459: Emily Bell Returns!

• January 29th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all getting ready for a fabulous weekend! the weather in austin is unseasonably gorgeous today. i would complain about global warming, but i'll just keep recycling, turning off my lights, walking instead of driving and things of that nature. it's also, my girlfriend, zuri's birthday and i have the weekend off from playing so we're going to hit the town all weekend! i hope you are too!

my guest for episode 459 is the amazingly talented and entertaining, emily bell! emily has a fantastic new single out "goddess of destruction", a new band, emily bell & the talkbacks and a new residency! since emily was on the show in 2013, her life has taken many turns, both good and bad. now she's taken all of that energy and put it into a gorgeous/cathartic collection of songs that she will be showcasing with her new band, the talkbacks every other tuesday at stay gold in austin starting this tuesday, feb 2nd. if you don't live in austin, you can find all things emily bell at emilybell.com! i hope you enjoy my conversation with emily. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 458: Daniel Eyes & The Vibes

• January 26th, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you all doing well. i'm good. i have a week off of skyrocket and i'm taking some time to write some songs. we played this weekend at the new antone's here in austin and at the continental club in houston. great shows! the continental club sold out. it was great to play at the new antone's. it's got a great vibe and it's in a great location and the staff there is on their game and super-cool. check it out when you can. welcome back antone's!

my guests for episode 458 are the new rock sensations, daniel eyes & the vibes! their imressive debut e.p., sweet dreaming comes out this friday, january 29th and they have a release show on saturday, january 30th at cheer up charlie's here in austin. if you don't live in austin, you can find them at danieleyes.com a couple of years ago i got to work with daniel recording a demo and even though we didn't end up working together, we became good friends and i was very proud of him when i heard this record. so, daniel, dylan and russell came by and we had a great conversation about how they got together and made sweet dreaming, weird uber experiences, working out songs and much more. 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 457: KP and the Boom Boom

• January 22nd, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. things are good here. i got to play the new antone's here in austin last night. i really like that place. it looks and sounds beautiful. great sound on stage, great location and great people. i'm very happy antone's is back. i missed it. if you're in houston tonight, friday, jan. 22nd, skyrocket will be at the continental club. we go on at 10. it's a great time.

my guests for episode 457 are kate and nick from austin euro/soul/pop kp and the boom boom! if you live in austin, you can see them tomorrow, saturday, january 23rd at geraldine's in the new van zant hotel. they have two e.p.'s out now and are putting the finishing touches on their debut full-length in a few months. you can find them online at kpbbmusic.com. nick and kate came by a couple of weeks ago and we had a great conversation about living in the u.k., india and guatamala, having an indian singing guru, euro/soul, having natural charisma, opening for snoop dogg, the writing and recording process and much, much more! i had a great time getting to know kate and nick. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 456: Ali Holder Returns!

• January 19th, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds happy, healthy and enjoying the new year. things are good here. last week was very surreal having lost david bowie and our beloved local blues, soul and r&b curator, twine time host and leader of the cobras, paul ray. i played a couple of shows with skyrocket. in fact, i did the intro and outro for this show in my hotel room when i was out of town with skyrocket. have a great week!

my guest for episode 456 is the immensely talented singer/songwriter/artist, ali holder! this is ali's second time on the show. she was on last year when she was promoting her album, in preparation for saturn's return. she's back promoting her brand new album, from my veins will fall. i love ali and her music and we have a fantastic conversation about cats, going into seclusion for a week to write, recording in mississippi, her new tuesday residencies at stay gold and the blackheart in austin and much, much more! you can see her tonight tuesday, january 19th at the blackheart here in austin. i had a great time talking to ali. she is a real talent and a great hang. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 455: Brother Wolf And The Carnivores / Gigtown

• January 15th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i'm good. it's been a weird week. i did get to spend a few days with my dogs, taylor and dylan. we went to the park three days in a row. it was a great time. we spent some great time together. i saw "the hateful eight" yesterday. it was great! i recommend it unless you don't like graphic violence. if you're in austin, skyrocket will be playing tonight, friday, jan. 15th, at the one-2-one bar. we go on at 10:30. come out party with us.

my guest for episode 455 is sharonne sofer from brother wolf and the carnivores! life is war, their fantastic first e.p., life is war is out now. you can find it at their shows or just go to brotherwolfband.com. i'd like to thank the austin music foundation for hooking us up. sharonne came by a couple of weeks ago and we had a great conversation about growing up on the east coast, progressive reggae bands, their new e.p., life is war and much, much more! i had a great time getting to know sharonne. i'm sure you will too. plus, andy and brian from the new live music app, gigtown stop by and fill us in on their new app bringing musicians and their fans together available in san diego, seattle and now austin. check it out! let's get down!
ciao!
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Episode 454: Burgess Meredith Returns!

• January 12th, 2016

rest in peace starman.

my guests for episode 454 are power pop band, burgess meredith! josh king and jesse hester came by couple of weeks ago and we caught up about member changes, a new 7", playing lots of shows, we bonded over some of our favorite pop music and much, much more. you can find there new 7", double-a-side and their first release, banana moon at their website burgessmeredithmusic.com. i had a great time getting to know josh and jesse. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 453: Lou Rebecca / Rock Journalist, Kristy Loye

• January 8th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well and getting ready for the weekend. i have a big show for you guys today. first up, i have a skype conversation with houston press writer, kristy loye! kristy wrote an article for the houston press.com called, "rock and roll is dead, and even axl and slash can't save it". that really hit a nerve with people both with it and against it. go read it for yourself here . i reached out to kristy because i thought she touched on some important issues facing all musicians, how to make a living in an age where support for musicians (and artists in general) is becoming more scarce by the day. great conversation!!!

on a completely different note, i also talk to french-pop artist, lou rebecca. lou is playing a show tonight, fri. 1/8 at the vulcan gas company in austin, tx. she moved here 6 months ago from paris, where she grew up the daughter of a pop singer mother and record producing father. she has an ep ready for release but has to figure out her deal with her french publishing company, sony. lou and her husband, daniel, a great photographer and director, came by last week and we had a great conversation. i hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! jg
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