576: The Midnight Stroll - Live from The SXSW Podcast Stage Presented by Tunein!

• March 21st, 2017

Hello friends! Austin and everyone in it is currently recovering from SXSW 2017. It was a good week. Sadly, some of my podcasts earlier in the week were cancelled because of all of the flight cancellations from up north due to weather. I still did quite a few. I saw a lot of music. Went on a boat on the most beautiful day of the year and had free drinks and saw bands on Town Lake. I did some running around with friends. I hung out with my stepmom and her friends. Went to Houston Saturday and opened for and played with the BoDeans. That was really fun. So yeah, a good SXSW 2017.

Episode 576 with my guests, The Midnight Stroll was recorded live at the SXSW Podacst Stage Presented by Tunein on Thursday, March 16th! Jonas Wilson and Aaron Behrens from The Midnight Stroll joined me for this special live podcast recording. Their new album, Mohawk Bugaloo, was recorded live in February on the last night of their recent Mohawk residency. We have a great conversation about their unique live show, their writing and recording process, life in the country, art vs. commerce, "bugaloo vs. "boogaloo" their new album and touring plans and much, much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 575: Tailor & Zak Loy Return!

• March 17th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you're all doing well and if you're here for SXSW, I hope you're winning the fight. I just got back from talking to Jonas Wilson and Aaron Behrens from The Midnight Stroll at the Tunein SXSW Podcast stage. It was absolutely terrific! It will be up on Tuesday. If you live in Houston, I will be playing tomorrow, Saturday, March 18th at The Heoghts Theater. I'm opening for and singing some songs with BoDeans. I'm really excited about this show. Come out and say hi. Get your tickets here theheightstheater.com

South African powerhouse, Tailor and her producer/guitarist, Zak Loy return to the show for episode 575! They're in town playing some shows for SXSW. You can see them tonight, Friday, March 5th at The Rooftop at 9 pm and more shows tomorrow, Saturday, March 18th. Go to thisistailor.com for times a places. Tailor and Zak and I have a great conversation about making Tailor's brilliant new album, Trust pt. 1 here in Austin last year, pulling it off live, SXSW, having trust in each other and much, mcuh more. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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574: Uncle Lucius / Continental Drift Stops By!

• March 14th, 2017

Hello friends! Today is the first day of SXSW 2017 Music. If you're here in Austin and participating in the festival, i wish you luck, strength and energy. If you're in town for the festival and have a badge, I want to invite you to a live podcast I'm doing at the SXSW Podcast Stage in The Brazos Room at the J.W. Marriot Hotel on Thursday, March 16th at 11 am. My guests will be Aaron Behrens and Jonas Wilson from The Midnight Stroll. For more info go to our Facebook event page. David Dalton from Continental Drift stopped by last week to talk about their new album, The Tide and their indiegogo campaign to raise money to release it on vinyl. Go to Continental Drift indiegogo to donate!

Austin's soul/country/jam band, Uncle Lucius are my guests for episode 574! They stopped by last week before their residency at The Continental Club and we had a great converstation about how they became a band, making their album, The Light with producer, George Reiff, having families and touring, the detremental effects of playing Dueling Piano Bar gigs, SXSW, Venezuela and much, much more! Find them at uncleluciusmusic.com I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 573: gum B

• March 10th, 2017

Hello friends! Well, it's official, SXSW is underway. Not the music part yet, but the whole thing is up and running. If you don't live in Austin, you don't have to deal with even more insisne traffic, no parking anywhere, people walkng into the streets looking at their phone and cursing you if you almost run over them. It gets nuts. having said that, if you're here for SXSW or you live here and you know how to do it, it can be a pretty fun time. I'll be going to a lot of events this year even though I'll only have a one-day badge for Thursday. Looking forward to the podcasts I have lined up. Should be fun.

My guest for episode 573 is my dear old friend, bassist/cellist, Mark Williams a.k.a. gum B! You might know gum B from his work with Kevin and Dustin Welch, Dan Dyer, Alejandro Escovedo, Stick People and many more. We have a fantastic conversation about baseball, growing up in South Florida, living in an Ashram, Stick People, fretless bass, playing 6th St and much, much more! I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down! 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 572: Christine Albert

• March 7th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a good one. I played a couple of shows with SKYROCKET!, I got to meet my cousin's new baby, Samuel. SXSW is upon us. It starts this week with the interactive and film festivals. I'll be doing a live podcast next week, Thursday, March 16th at 11 am at the SXSW Podcast Stage in the Brazos Room at the JW Marriot in downtown Austin. My guests will be Aaron Behrens and Jonas Wilson from The Midnight Stroll. It's an official SXSW event, so you'll need a badge. For more info go to SXSW Podcast Stage: How Did I Get Here?.

My guest for episode 572 is singer/songwriter/philanthropist and all-around wonderful person, Christine Albert! You might know Christine from her "TexaFrance" album trilogy or her 6 albums and 20 year partnership with Chris Gage in Albert and Gage or her non-profit, Swan Songs. Christine and I have an amazing conversation about her latest album, Everything's Beautiful Now, her time as the Grammy chair, her dealings with CBS Nashville, starting Swan Songs, dealing with death, her Blue Bell Ice Cream commercial in the 80's and much, much more! I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 571: Dr. Joe

• March 3rd, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you're all doing well. I'm feeling much better than I have been for the last week. I went to the doctor, she prescribed some steroids for my swollen throat and I'm on the mend. I thnk I got overtaken by allergies. After the big cedar allergy thing in January, I stopped taking all of my allergy meds. Bad move on my part. I was feeling so bad, I thought I had strep throat. Luckily I don't. Hey! If you're on Houston tomorrow, Saturday, March 4th, SKYROCKET! will be playing at Fitzgerald's. We go on at 9. Come out and party with us.

My guest for episode 571 is Joe Sparacino otherwise known as, Dr. Joe! Jane Ellen Bryant told me to get to her "single release" show early a couple of weeks ago so that I could catch the opening band, Dr. Joe. Well I did and I loved it. Joe and I talked after the show and I invited him to come on the podcast. They'll be performing 4 times for SXSW just go to drjoemusic.com to find out where and when and to hear some of his live recordings. Dr. Joe and I have a great conversation about growing up an army brat, going to dental school, playing at dueling piano bars in college, making his album with Frenchie Smith and Sean Rollie and much, much more. I hope you enjoy getting to know this great artist, Dr. Joe. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 570: Fragile Rock

• February 28th, 2017

Hello friends! First off, I have to apologize for not putting out a show on Friday. I actually had an emotional meltdown on Wednesday night which left me exhausted and depressed on Thursday and then i woke up feeling a cold or something coming on on Friday. I played gigs in San Antonio and Houston on Friday and Saturday. I was sick, playing shows and driving all over the place. I spent Sunday sleeping and just laying in bed. Today, I'm going to the Dr. to find out what's going on. Anyway, I'll fill you in on everything on Friday's show. 

My guests for episode 570 are Emily Cawood and Ryan Hill from "the world's only emo puppet band", Fragile Rock! Their brand new e.p., Weepy, came out a few weeks ago and they were featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered" earlier this month. They'll be playing a couple of SXSW shows on Monday, March 13th at Spider House and Sidewinder. Go to fragilerockband.com for more info. Emily and Ryan and I have a great conversation about how leader Brently Heilbron came up with the idea of an emo puppet band while going through a divorce, their songwriting process, their odd audition for "America's Got Talent", the real definition of "disco nap", serious improv, how Bowie would have loved them and much, much more. I hope you enjoy getting to know these creative and entertaining people. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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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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