Episode 595: The Mastersons Return!

• May 26th, 2017

Hello friends! It's been a long week for the Austin music community. I got to see some good music on Wednesday night. That felt good. I saw James Junius at The One-2-One Bar, Donut Musik at The Townsend and Cotton Mather at 3Ten ACL Live. Pretty badass for a Wednesday. You shoudl see the shit I missed. SKYROCKET! is playing tonight at Hanover's in Pflugerville. Come out and party with us if you live in the North Austin area. I hope you all have a fun and safe Memorial Day weeekend. 

Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, also known as The Mastersons ruturn to the show for episode 595! Their gorgeous new album, Transient Lullaby is out now. They're about to head out on tour for the rest of the year opening for and playing with legendary songwriter, Steve Earle. They played some release shows this last weekend but sadly lost their co-producer for this album, and our mutual friend, George Reiff, on Sunday. We got together Monday morning as scheduled after some deliberation about wether we should do it or not. Well, we decided to sit down and talk about this Transient Lullaby, their touring experience, our friend, George, touring with and opening for Steve Earle, writing this album all over the U.S. and Europe, the current political climate and much, much more. I love Chris and Eleanor as artists and as people. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 594: Donut Musik

• May 23rd, 2017

Hello friends! It's been a tough week for this music community. We lost two pillars on Sunday... The great Jimmy LaFave and the amazing George Reiff. My thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones at this time. I know this music community is reeling from two powerful losses, but remember that these beautiful souls and their music will live on within us forever. They'll be missed.

My guests for episode 594 are Alice Spencer, Brian Beattie and Dony Wynn, collectively known as Donut Musik! These amazing talents joined forces and are finally bringing their beautiful, strange and highly entertaining music to the people. They're doing their "Donut Musik's Wang Dang Doodle" at The Townsend in Austin, TX on Wednesday, May 24th and Wednesday, May 31st. Shows start at 7:30pm. You can find out more about the shows and see videos at their facebook page. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Jimmy LaFave September 26, 2014

• May 23rd, 2017

Singer/songwriter, Jimmy LaFave lost his battle with cancer on Sunday. My heart goes out to his family and close friends. It's a sad, sad loss for the world of music. Maybe some of you were lucky enough to see him in his last performance last Thursday at The Paramount Theater. His beautiful music and gorgeous voice were known throughout the world. I didn't know Jimmy very well at all when he came to my apartment in 2014, but I felt like I had a new friend when he left. I had always loved his songs and his voice, but I was really taken by his genuine sweetness and how open he was when he was here. Jimmy will be missed, but his music lives on forever. Peace and love.

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George Reiff March 1, 2013

• May 22nd, 2017

It's a sad day in the world of music today. Yesterday one of the great ones, George Reiff, lost his battle with cancer and left this world. George will be missed by so many. His musical reach was huge and he also had such an amazing impact on so many people on a personal level. Myself included. My thoughts are with his brother Michael and his family and his amazing collection of close friends. I loved George very much and am so saddened by this tremendous loss. My conversation with George is from episode 150 that came out on March 1, 2013. It's great. There's a lot of laughs and George's story and how he handled himself as a musician and human being is all there. I will miss George very, very much. 

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Episode 593: Wendy Colonna Returns Again!

• May 19th, 2017

Hey gang! I hope the week is treating you right and you're easing into your weekend. It's funny, when most people are gearing up to get off work on Friday and head home, or out of town to "have a weekend", I'm usually packing up my car to head out to a show and start my two-day intense work weekend. You can actually see me in action this weekend in Houston. SKYROCKET! is playing at Fitzgerald's in Houston tomorrow, Saturday, May 20th. Come out and say hi. Those shows are always a good time. 

My guest for episode 593 is the amazingly talented, always entertainging and now, extremely pregnant, Wendy Colonna! Wendy's brilliant new album, No Moment But Now comes out today, Friday, May 19th. Go to wendycolonna.com to find out where to get it and what her summer looks like. The first single off the album, "Every Second" was featured on Apple Music's "Hot Tracks" and Spotify's "Fresh Folk" Playlist. Wendy and I have a great conversation about living "home free", Scoring Coke and State of Louisiana commercials, Her partnership with producer, Mark Addison, falling in love, starting a family, being a 2016 Black Fret winner and getting $17,000 to finish her album and much, much more. I had a great time catching up with Wendy. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 592: girling

• May 16th, 2017

Hey guys! I hope you all had a good weekend. I had a strange weekend that made me believe that something celestial or astroligical was working against me, my tires and my man-purse. I did some driving and played some shows. We got to play a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It was a huge gala that rased over a million dollars for the JDRF. It feels good to be a part of that especially because my sister Nicole has "type 1". Anyway, I also got to spend some time with my aunts and my grandmother which was good. we had breakfast on Mother's Day and it reminded me how grateful I am to have such a loving family.

My guests for epsiode 592 are Andy Sharp and Rusty Zagst from the garage-rock band, girling! Their brilliant new, John Croslin co-produced, e.p. Side 1 comes out this Friday, May 19th on Nine Mile Records! They're celebrating with a release show on Friday, May 19th at The Sidewinder in Austin, TX. You can find out more information about the show and get the album at girlingmusic.com Andy and Rusty came by a few weeks ago and we had a great conversation about making Side 1, working with the legendary, John Croslin, the evolution of girling from a solo/side project to a collaborative band, their time in Kissinger and much, much more! I had a great time catching up with Andy and Rusty. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 591: Echocentrics

• May 11th, 2017

Hey gang! I hope you've had a good week. Maybe you're getting ready for the weekend. I am. The weekend usually means my work time. I'm traveling this weekend. Sunday is Mother's day. I hope you remembered to get something for your mom or the maternal figure in your life. I am behind on my Mother's day gifts for my aunt and grandmother. I think I'm going to get flowers on Sunday morning on the way. Good idea, right? I'll let you know how it turns out on Tuesday. 

My guest for episode 591 is guitar player, producer and all-around great guy, Adrian Quesada! Adrian returns to the show to the show to talk about his psychedelic/cinematic solo project, Echocentrics. Their latest album, Echo Hotel is available now. You can find it at theechocentrics.com You might know Adrian from his many bands including, the Grammy winning, Grupo Phantasma, Money Chicha, Brownout, Spanish Gold or his production like The Sword's High Country and more. Adrian is one of my favorite musicians and producers around. He's an amazing dude with great stories. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 590: Suzanna Choffel Is Back!

• May 9th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a good weekend doing weekend things and what not. I played all weekend. I played with SKYROCKET! on Friday and Saturday nights in Dripping Springs and San Antonio. Then Sunday i played at The Pecan Street Festival with my new band. It was a great time, but I hurt my back during the show. I'm on the mend. Gang, I want to remind you that we are celebrating our 600th episode with a live podcast recording at The Townsend in Austin, TX on Monday, May 5th at 8pm. My guests will be A.J. Vallejo, Nakia, Jaimee Harris and Jane Ellen Bryant. Find out more about it here!

My guest for episode 590 was our very first guest and has appeared on this show more times than I can count. The amazing Suzanna Choffel returns to the show! Her gorgeous new album, Hello Goodbye, comes out this Friday, May 12th. She'll be celebrating the release with a few special shows this weekend. She's playing Friday, May 12th at 3Ten Austin City Limits Live and Saturday, May 13th at The Mucky Duck in Houston. You can go to suzannachoffel.com for more info and to hear her new single, "Go Forth". Suzanna and I have a great conversation about making Hello Goodbye, motherhood, her years of travel and experience that led to Hello Goodbye and much, much more. I always love my conversations with Suzanna. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 589: Flyjack / Alex Dezen Checks In From The Road

• May 5th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you're all doing well. It's a gorgeous day in Austin, TX and I always appreciate that. Quick promo, I'm playing with my new band on Sunday, May 7th at The 40th Annual Pecan Street Festival here in Austin. We're playing at 1 pm on the Trinity stage. There are a lot of awesome bands playing both days so go to pecanstreetfestival.org for the full line-up and times. Alex Dezen (formerly of The Danmwells) checked in from the road the other day. He just released a new solo album Alex Dezen II and he's on tour supporting it. He'll be in Austin tomorrow, Saturday, May 6th at 3Ten Austin City Limits Live. Go to alexdezen.com for tickets and information. Alex and I video chatted about his album, the tour and our mutual friends. I was glad to meet him, even virtually as ive been a fan for years. I hope you enjoy our chat.

My guests for epsiode 589 are Buck McKinney and Brad Bradburn from Austin funk/soul band, Flyjack. They just released their second album, New Day a month ago and they'll be playing some shows in May including Last Concert cafe' in Houston on May 13th and The Blackheart in Austin on May 20th. Go to flyjackmusic.com for more info on album and dates. We have a great conversation about Buck and Brad's transition from Gnappy to Flyjack, making New Day, flying the flag for late 60's & early 70's deep funk and rare groove, working with a 10-peice band and much, much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 588: Matt Hubbard

• May 2nd, 2017

Hey gang! I hope you all had a great weekend. I did. I played a couple of shows with SKYROCKET!. They were both a lot of fun. I had a hard time sleeping on Saturday night. Like, I fell asleep for like 20 minutes then I was up until 5 a.m. I slept for a bit and woke up for the day. I was pretty out of it on Sunday. I got some stuff done with the podcast and met a friend for lunch. Other than that, I just kinda wandered around kind of out of it and hung out with my dogs a bit. Good weekend.

My guest for episode 588 is the amazing keyboard/vibes/trombone playing, Matt Hubbard! Matt just got done playing some shows with Edlie Brickell and The New Bohemians a couple of weeks ago and he'll be returning to his residency every Wednesday at 9:30 at C-Boys here in Austin, TX tomorrow. You might know matt from his trio or his work with so many artists like, Willie Nelson, Ricky Lee Jones, Golden Dawn Arkestra, his band, 7 Walkers with Papa Mali and Bill Kreutzmann from The Grateful Dead and many, many more. You can find him and his music at matthubbardtrio.com I really enjoyed my conversation with Matt. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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