Episode 587: Black Heart Saints

• April 28th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope this episode finds you happy and healthy. Things are good in the world of Johnny. I've been rehearsing this week with my band for our first show at Pecan Street Festival here in Austin on Sunday, May 7th. It's atrting to gel a bit more. We're figuring out what songs of mine sound best with this band. It's a fun process. Other than that, I have a couple of private SKYROCKET shows this weekend and some more rehearsing. We'll be playing in town all weekend which is kind of a treat. 

My guests for episode 587 are Austin Rock band, Black Heart Saints! Even though these guys have only been together for a couple of years, they've got things going. They've played the X Games, opened for tons of big bands, they were named one of Austin's "Top Ten New Bands" at the Austin Chronical Music Awards 2017, they've released their debut e.p. produced by Omar Vallejo and they were named Austin Music Foundation's "Band of the Month" for March 2017. They came by a couple of weeks ago armed with a bottle of vodka and some club soda and we drank the whole thing. These guys are great! It's a fun and informative conversation. I hope you enjoy it. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 586: Renee’ Woodward

• April 25th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a good weekend. Mine was weird. Some fun, some back pain, some emotional drama, i played a show and I was in bed all weekend. Anyway, I'm getting ready to go get a massage which I really need right now. I have some rehearsals with my new band this week. I'm lookng forward to that. I love working on songs and a show. 

My guest for episode 586 is my old friend, singer/songwriter, Renee' Woodward! Renee' has been underground fro the last few years, living life and rasing her daughter. She has resurfaced with a new album, Mayfly, a new eight-piece band and a new resolve to get out and play music again. She's celebrating with a two-night record release show this Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th at The Townsend. You can find Mayfly and find out about the record release shows by going to her website reneewoodwardmusic.com Renee' and I have a great conversation about her journey through music, marriage, motherhood and back to music. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 585: Fastball

• April 21st, 2017

Hello friends! i hope his episode finds you all living the American dream. I'm good. I've spent the week doing podcasts, rehearsing with my drummer Joe Humel, rehearsing with SKYROCKET! and working with The Austin Music Foundation. You might wonder if I ever fuck anything up because some days, I do at least three of those things. The answer is yes. This week I deleted a podcast right after I recorded it with a band called, Girling. I was doing a lot of different things that day and I just got confused and turned off my machine without saving it. They're coming back next week and we're gonna redo it. I think I need a vacation. 

My guests for episode 585 are Tony Scalzo and Miles Zuniga from the pop band, Fastball! They're releasing theirsixth album, Step Into The Light on Friday, May 19th and they're going on tour all summer of the U.S. with Everclear and Vertical Horizon. You can find out if they're coming to a town near you by going to fastballtheband.com Tony and Miles and I have a great conversation about how they met and formed Fastball, getting signed by Hollywood Records, Keeping the original band together for six albums and for over 20 years, their friendship, disterous self-managing times, getting the Machine Gun Kelly and Camilla Cabelo's interpelation of the Fastball song "Out Of My Head" called, "Bad Things" and much, much more! I genuinely love these guys and their band. You will too after this show. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 584: Emily Bell Returns Again!

• April 18th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend or a good Passover or just a great weekend. I had good weekend. I played a couple of shows with SKYROCKET!, went to Waco on easter Sunday and met my aunt and her partner at probably the worst Mexican restaurant in America. I used to eat at the ones in Houston when I was a kid and I loved them, but this one in Waco was "the suck". Anyway, I had a great day with those ladies. We drove around Waco, had some drinks at a pub and caught up. It was a nice Easter.

The amazingly talented and always entertaning, Emily Bell returns to the show today! Her firey new e.p. Kali comes out this Friday April, 21st and she is celebrating with a release show with her band, Emily Bell & The Talkbacks, at 3Ten Austin City Limits Live on Saturday, April 29th. Go to emilybell.com to find out how to get tickets. Emily and I always have a great time hanging out and chatting. We have a great conversation about working with your spouse, Losing her voice and the long journey of recovering it, her new band Emily Bell & the Talkbacks and much, much more! I hope you enjoy my conversation with brilliant artist. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 583: Redd Volkaert

• April 14th, 2017

One of Austin's greatest musicians, Barry "Frosty" Smith passed away on Wednesday. He was 71. His vast and impressive list of credits includes Funkadelic, Lee Michaels, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimmie Vaughan, Soulhat, Papa Mali, Delbert Mclinton and many, many more. I was lucky to get see him play so many times over the years and it was always an inspiring experience. The last time I saw him was around three years ago at the Continental Club Gallery where he was playing with Mike Flanigin.  That night, I saw the master at work and then got to exchange a few words after. Rest in peace Frosty. Thank you for the groove. We'll miss you.

My guest for episode 583 is the amazingly talented guitar legend, Redd Volkaert! You might know Redd from his work with Brad Paisley, George Jones, Tim Mcgraw, Dolly Parton, his years with Merle Haggard and many, many more. He's put out several albums and instructional videos. If you live in Austin, you can see him every Saturday at 3:30 pm at The Continental Club and every Sunday at 7:00 pm with his band, Haybale at The Continental Club as well. Redd and I have a great conversation about growing up in Canada, falling in love with the guitar, his years in California, playing with Merle Haggard, what inspires him and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know Redd. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 582: Bourgeois Mystics

• April 11th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a good weekend. I did. I played, spent time with my aunt and my cousins, hung out with my dogs, watched a few movies and chilled out. I'm spending the week organizing and writing some songs for my new band that still has no name. We rehearsed a few times last week and worked on some songs I've written over the last year and a half or so. Stuff sounds good and we'll be ready for our first gig at Pecan Street Festival on May 7th.

My guests for episode 582 are psychedelic art/funk band, Bourgeois Mystics! their debut album, Eureka! comes out this Friday, April 14th and they're celebrating with a release show at The Parish here in Austin on that same night. They're also hitting the road next week for a 3 week tour of the northeast and southeast United States. Go to bourgeoismystics.com to see if they're coming to a town near you. Zaalo, Zach and Trevor from the band came by last week and we had a great conversation about how they came together, making Eureka!, mixing jazz, prog, funk and rock for a unique sound, abstaining from masturbation to be a better musician and much, much more. I hope you enjoy getting to know these dudes. I sure did. Let's get down!

Ciao! -jg

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Episode 581: The New Bernardo / Grounded in Music Founder, Joe Stallone Stops By!

• April 7th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you're all having a good week. I have been staying with my dogs all week. We have been having a good time. They're getting old but they're still really fun. I had a couple of rehearsals with my new band this week. those were fun. it's always a good time going through songs and seeing if they work with the band and stuff like that. I'll keep you posted on the progress. Grounded in Music founder, Joe Stallone, stopped by a few weeks ago to chat about Grounded in Music's 10 anniversary celebration taking place next Wednesday, April 12th at The Gibson Guitar Showroom. The benefit features music from The Peterson Bros., Suzanna Choffel and is hosted by Kathy Valentine. You can find out more about the event and get tickets at groundedinmusic.net

My guests for episode 581 are Patrick Armstrong and Aaron Long also known as, The New Bernardo! They were joined by their producer and my old friend, Eric Jarvis. We had a chance to catch up on the Sunday of SXSW while they were all in Austin. They have some new music up on their bandcamp page We have a great conversation about Aaron and Eric's musical family, how Aaron and Patrick came together, getting big names to play on their songs, BOCA food truck and much, much more. I hope you enjoy getting tonknow these dudes. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

 

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Episode 580: Scott Collins & Lexi Cardenas

• April 4th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great weekend and that things are all going your way. Things are good here. I am still kinda tired from my crazy week/weekend of SKYROCKET! shows. The convention we were playing (check the intro on ep. 579) took a step into the world of the insane on Thursday night when Vanilla Ice showed up for soundcheck and didn't like what he heard. I talk all about it in the intro. By the way, if the intro sounds a little different, it's because i recorded it in my hotel room on Saturday night before my gig. Hope you enjoy it.

Scott Collins and Lexi Cardenas are my guests for episode 580! Their gorgeous new e.p., Let's Start Here comes out this Saturday, April 8th and they're celebrating with an e.p. release show this Saturday at The Blackheart here in Austin. Scott was on a few months ago when he had just opened his studio, Chicken Run Studios andsince then I've run into him and kept in touch. He's a really sweet and cool guy. You can find out their schedule and hear their music at scottcollinsproject.com. Scott and Lexi and I have a great conversation about making Let's Start Here, how they met, what constitutes a "hat guy" or a "hat band", Lexi's years in El Paso, violin vs. fiddle and much, much more! I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 579: Lili Blessing

• March 31st, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you're easing into your weekend in style. I'm in the midst of a week full of SKYROCKET! shows here in Austin and Houston. So far, it's been fun and inetersting. We even played a gig at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. I've been out of the "news loop" this week. I'm taking a stand. At least, I think I'm taking a stand. I was watching CNN too much. I don't even know if "the news" is really THE NEWS anymore. Do you feel like that? Now it's like a host and a panel and they argue and there's not any actual journalism. I watch Vice when i can, but that's not very often and the news cycle moves so fats that it almost doesn't make sense to watch it the next day. Anyway, I'm out of the TV news for now. 

My guest for episode 579 is the phenomenally talented and incredibly entertaining, Lili Blessing!Lili's gorgeous new album, Lifeline came out a couple of weeks ago. She's been making the press rounds and is about to start playing some shows. You can get the album on itunes and at liliblessing.com Lili and I have a great conversation about growing up traveling all over the world, growing up onstage with her mother, the legendary, Sara Hickman, writing the deepest songs at age 14, doing a TED Talk, dealing with arthritis and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know Lili. I sure did. Let's get down!

Ciao! -JG

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Episode 578: Raul Midon

• March 28th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. I was back at work with SKYROCKET!. We played Friday in San Antonio and Saturday in Austin. They were great shows. This week we're back at it on the private party scene. we're playing 5 shows this week, so that should be interesting. I got to play with some of my new band on Saturday! That was really, really fun. We'll be playing our first show at Pecan Street Festival here in Austin in May. I'll let you know when it's happening.

My guest for episode 578 is the amazing Raul Midon! His brand new album, Bad Ass and Blind just came out last Friday and he is embarking on a U.S. and European tour as we speak. Go to Raulmidon.com to find out when he's coming to town near you. Raul came by when he was in town for SXSW a couple of weeks ago and we had a fantatsic conversation about making Bad Ass And Blind, his time at The University of Miami Music Program, being in the jingle scene, playing with Shakira for two years, teh New York jazz scene and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know Raul. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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