Episode 604: Buenos Diaz

• June 27th, 2017

My guest for episode 604 is guitar-slinging singer/songwriter, Nick Diaz who plays under the name, Buenos Diaz! His new self-titled album is out now. Nick's been on tour playing guitar in Alejandro Escovedo's band since the beginning of June, but he'll be in Houston on July 22 at The Mucky Duck with his band, Buenos Diaz. You can find out where they're playing and how to get their music by going to buenosdiazmusic.com Nick came by about a month ago and we had a great conversation about growing up in Houston and going to blues clubs, living in New Orleans, San Francisco and New York, making Buenos Diaz, playing with Alejandro Escovedo and much, much more! I had a great time getting to know Nick. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!

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Episode 603: Tje Austin

• June 23rd, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you've all had a good week. I've had a good week. I have a lot of SKYROCKET stuff going on this week. We played a private show last night here in Austin, we're playing tonight, Friday, June 23rd at Fitzgerald's in Houston and we're back at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin on Saturday. I got to be a guest bartender with my pal, AJ Vallejo on Tuesday for HAAM (The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians) at Sophia's here in Austin. It was a great time for a great cause. They do it every Tuesday with different guests and different special drinks. Go to myhaam.org for info on the next one and the organization. 

My guest for episode 603 is the incredibly talented singer/songwriter and baker, Tje Austin! Tje's 4th album, the gorgeous, I Belong To You just came a out a couple of months ago. He's playing a special birthday show tomorrow, Saturday, June 24th at 3Ten Austin City Limits Live. Find tickets and more info at mynameistjeaustin.com. Tje and I have a great conversation about growing up in a military family, blowing off a Poli-sci degree to be a professional musician, surviving cancer, being on the firsta season of The Voice and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know Tje. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! - jg

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Episode 602: Laura Scarborough Returns!

• June 20th, 2017

Hola amigos y amigas! Hope you all had a great weekend. I had a weekend jam-packed with travel, gigs and a vodka-soaked, Sunday Funday with my pal, Daisy O'Connor. It was a lot of fun, but terribly exhausting. SKYROCKET! is back at it this week with a private show on Thursday and we'll be back at Fitzgerald's in Houston on Friday, June 23rd and Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin on saturday, June 24th. Come out and party with us!

The amazingly talented Laura Scarborough returns to the show for episode 602. She's just released her first album in 15 years, the gorgeous, Reflection. The album is available on all mediums including vinyl. She's also released a book "Refelction: The Book" that accompanies the album. You can find all of this stuff at laurascarborough.com.  We have a great conversation about what Laura's been up to for the last 15 years since her last solo album, working with Golden Dawn Arkestra, making Reflection, living a creative life, hula-hooping and much, much more! I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 601: The Milligan Vaughan Project

• June 16th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you're all doing well and settling into summer. It really is a mindset. Especially when you get into this summer time heat. In Austin the heat combined with the humidity and temperatures already up to 80 degrees at 7 a.m., there's no choice but to give-in to summer. It's here, baby. Just put on some shorts and flip-flops, find a nice body of water, throw on your "summer jam" and do it right. Having said that, I need to take my own advice and hit these gorgeous Austin, Texas swimming holes. Oh! And my summer jam is, "Weekend" by Sphynx.

My guests for episode 601 are long time Austin favorites, Malford Milligan and Tyrone Vaughan who have joined forces and call themselves The Milligan Vaughan Project! They've been in the studio recording their debut album with the great David Grissom at the helm and they've got an Indiegogo campaign  going and you can help them finish it. Go to milliganvaughanproject.com to find out how to give and for their live dates. They'll be playing tonight, Friday, June 16 at Antone's in Austin. Tyrone and Malford and I have a great conversation about the old days, bringing blues into the new mellinium, growing up Vaughan and much, much more. I hope you enjoy this chat between old friends. I sure did. Let's get down!

cioa! -jg

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Episode 600: Live at The Townsend w/ Nakia, Jane Ellen Bryant, Jaimee Harris & A.J. Vallejo

• June 13th, 2017

Hello friends! Here is episode 600, recorded in front of a live audience last Monday, June 5th at The Townsend here in Austin, TX. I want to thank everyone who came out and celebrated with us, The Townsend for having us, Carles Zanetti for recording the show and running sound, you for listening and my wonderful guests, Nakia, Jane Ellen Bryant, Jaimee Harris and A.J. Vallejo! We have an insane conversation about new albums, upcoming tours and reunions, Jaimee's much anticipated album, Nakia and Jane's adventures in reality television, what happened when A.J. misspelled Queen in a Google search and much, much more! This is a fun, loose and slightly offensive show. I hope you enjoy it. I sure did. Thank you so much for listening to this show. It's been a true blessing in my life to connect with my music community and to bring this show to you guys. Thank you. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 599: Music From The Podcast

• June 9th, 2017

Hello friends! Welcome to episode 599 where I get to play D.J. and play some songs that I got turned on to by guests over the last hundred episodes. I also made a Spotify playlist with even more songs from the show. Check it out here, Spotify playlist Anyway, I hope you enjoy this Episode as much as I enjoyed making it. Here's the track listing...

1. Ty Richards - "Spaceman"

2. Sphynx - "Weekend"

3. Jane Ellen Bryant - "All In My Head"

4. The Midnight Stroll - "Heartbreak Bugaloo"

5. Echocentrics feat. Natalia Clavier - "Muerto En Vida"

6. Fastball - "I Will Never Let You Down"

7. The Mastersons - "Fight"

8. Magna Carda - "Angela Basset"

9. Daisy O'Connor - "Lightchasers"

10. Kady Rain - "Can't Save Us"

11. Walker Lukens - "Lifted"

12. Emily Bell - "Can't Talk Back"

13. Bonnie Whitmore - "Fuck With Sad Girls"

14. Leopold And His Fiction - "Cowboy"

15. Fragile Rock - I Am Sad ( And So Am I)

16. Ian Moore - "Strange Days"

17. Happy Meals - "Altered Images"

Let's get down!!!

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Episode 598: Johnny Goudie Talks About “How Did I Get Here” with Guest Host Elizabeth McQueen

• June 6th, 2017

We have a special show for you for episode 598. Musician, KUTX disc jockey and host of the KUTX podcast, "This Song", Elizabeth McQueen talks to me about all things "How Did I Get Here". You can find Elizabeth's podcast, "This Song" HERE. We have a great conversation about how and why I started the podcast, the ins and outs of putting out two shows a week, deleted shows, the internet and social media bullying, how the podcast has connected me to my community and much, much more!  I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as we did having it. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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Episode 597: Uche’

• June 2nd, 2017

Hello friends! I can't believe it's already summer. I can't believe my baby cousin is graduating medical school this weekend. I'm looking forward to a fun, family weekend at the beach. On Monday, we'll be celebrating 600 hundred episodes with a live podcast recording! It takes place this Monday, June 5th at 8 pm at The Townsend here in Austin. My guests will be AJ Vallejo, Jane Ellen Bryant, Jaimee Harris and Nakia! If you're a fan of the show and you live in Austin, Come out and celebrate with us. Also, it's a free show!

My guest for episode 597 is the talented and extremely entertaining, Uche'! His brand new e.p., My Generation comes out Friday, June 9th and he's celebrating with a release show on Thursday, June 8th at Scratchhouse in Austin, TX. Uche' and I have a great conversation about Nigeria, his crazy college experience, cleaning up his act, making My Generation, dancing, drugs and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know Uche'. I sure did. Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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Episode 596: Jen Zava

• May 30th, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a good Memerial Day weekend. I did. I didn't really do much. A much needed relaxing weekend. Hey! We're celebrating our 600th episode with a live podcast next Monday, June 5th at 8 pm at The Townsend here in Austin. My guests will be AJ Vallejo, Jane Ellen Bryant, Jaimee Harris and Nakia. If you're a fan of the show and you would like to be a part of this special night, check out our facebook event page and come out and join us. 

My guest for episode 596 is Jen Zava! Jen's brilliant new album, Power To Change comes out this Friday, June 2nd. She's celebrating with a release show this Thursday, June 1st at The Townsend here in Austin, Texas. you can go to jenzava.com for more info on the album and release show. Jen and I had a great conversation about making Power To Change with producer David Messier, Growing up in Georgia, being a mom, playing in cover bands, garage bands and coffee shops and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know Jen. I sure did. Let's get down!

 

ciao! -jg

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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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