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Tuesday Oct 01, 2019

Hello friends! Global folk group, Ley Line returns to the show for episode 844! Their latest single, the gorgeous, "OXUM" sung in three languages came out in September and is available wherever you stream or download your music stuff. This weekend they'll be hitting the North Texas region. Saturday, 10/5 they'll be at The Rustic in Dallas and Sunday, 10/6 they'll be playing the Denton Folk Festival. They're playing Austin City Limits Music Festival on Sunday, 10/13 at 12:45 pm on the Tito's Stage. Go to leylinesound.com for more tour dates, music, videos and more! We have a great conversation about their travels, new album, ramping up their tour schedule, traveling Brazil and much more. Plus, sing acapella live in the studio. I always have a great time hanging out with Ley Line. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!
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Ciao! -JG

Friday Aug 09, 2019

Hello friends! Nnedi Nebula Agbaroji, Andy Leonard and Bobby Snakes from 2017/2018 Austin Music Awards "Best New Band" winners and Black Fret Grant recipients, Trouble In The Streets are my guests for episode 828! Their latest ep, the riveting "Rule Breaker" is available now wherever you stream or download music. Go to troubleinthestreets.com for music, show dates and more. We have a great conversation about winning the Black Fret grant, food, our shared love for Giorgio Moroder, the Austin music scene and much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know these fine folks. I sure did. Plus, tomorrow, Saturday, August 10th is the 8th anniversary of the release of episode 1 of "How Did I Get Here?". Happy birthday to us! Let's get down!
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Ciao! -JG 

Friday Oct 19, 2018

Hello friends! Comic book/rock opera/album, "Hillcrest" creator, Jonathon Zemek, is my guest for episode 742! "Hillcrest" is a graphic novel with an accompanying album conceived and written by musician, Jonathon Zemek. Jonathon teamed up on the music with producer Matt Smith and guest vocalists, Guy Forsyth, Malford Milligan, Roderick Sanford and more. He also got artist Chris Rogers to bring the visual part to life. Go to zenmixmusic.com to find out more about "Hillcrest". I had a great time getting to know Jonathon and learning more about this ambitious project. I'm sure you will too. Plus, Lydia Froncek from Austin's Ley Line stops by to talk about their event,  Sonora Festival ATX taking place this Sunday, October 21st at Cheer Up Charlies. Click HERE for more info and to RSVP for the event. Sunday Funday! Let's get down!
Ciao! -JG

Episode 684: Mélat

Tuesday Apr 03, 2018

Tuesday Apr 03, 2018

Hello friends! My guest for episode 684 is R&B chanteuse, Mélat! Her third album, Move Me 2: The Present came out last month and it's been getting a lot of radio play here in town. She was picked as one of NPR's "Bands To Watch at SXSW 2018", Austin 360's and Austin Music Foundation's "artist of the month" all in the last couple of months! If you live in Austin, you can see her this Friday, April 6th at Stubb's. To get tickets, music, videos and more go to beholdmelat.com. Mélat and I have a great conversation about her parents fleeing the communist regime of Ethiopia in 1980, growing up in Austin, growing up on her parents' lovingly curated mixture of African pop and American R&B, creating your own culture as a first generation American, finding her producer on Twitter, her ambitions, dreams and much, much more! i had a great time getting to know Mélat. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!
Ciao! -JG

Thursday Oct 05, 2017

I'm gonna miss you, Tom Petty.
Hello friends! Kate Robberson, Emilie Basez, Madeleine Froncek, Lydia Froncek from the world music/folk, multilingual band, Ley Line are my guests for episode 632! Their latest release, Field Notes is available wherever you stream your jams. You can find the album, their tour dates, videos and more at leylinesound.com We have a great conversation about their three month tour of Brazil, learning talking drum in Africa, the influence of folk music from all around the world on the music they make, they perform a gorgeous a cappella song and much, much more! I had a great time getting to know these amazingly talented women. I'm sure you will too. Plus, the founders of The Butcher's Ball check in via Skype. The Butcher's Ball is a food and drink event that highlights local ranchers, farmers and chefs dedicated to ethical and sustainable farming and ranching practices. The Butcher's Ball takes place Sunday, October 15th at Rockin' Star Ranch in Brenham, TX. Go to butchersball.com for tickets and information. Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Episode 597: Uche'

Friday Jun 02, 2017

Friday Jun 02, 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

Friday Mar 17, 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

Episode 525: Rattletree

Monday Sep 19, 2016

Monday Sep 19, 2016

Hello friends! I hope you're all doing well. I'm recovering from a pretty fun Sunday. I went to the Reckless Kelly Sunset Motel listening party at Arlyn Studios here in Austin yesterday. The album is great. The party was awesome. Lots of old friends and new friends all celebrating one of our own and their new album. It reminds me how lucky I am to be a part of this scene. Sunset Motel comes out this Friday, September 23rd. You'll be hearing from them on this show very soon.
My guest for episode 525 is Joel Laviolette from the electronica/marimba band, Rattletree! This weekend Rattletree will be hosting "The Rattletree Glow Party" with all kinds of activities, musical projects, food and more.The party takes place this Friday, Sept 23rd, Saturday, Sept 24th and Sunday Sept 25th. For tickets and more information, simply go to rattletree.com Joel and i have a great conversation about learning marimba and living in Africa, teaching marimba, incorporating electronic music and traditional African music, the glow party, African chord changes and much, much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Episode 473: Tailor

Friday Mar 18, 2016

Friday Mar 18, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're having the time of your life. sxsw 2016 is in full-swing. i know this because i'm really, really tired. most people at sxsw usually are. i got to host the first day of the south by san jose' showcase on wednesday. it was a fantastic show that featured some of my favorites like ian moore & the lossy coils, the bluebonnets, dan dyer and the amazing sweet spirit. the whole day benefitted the SIMS foundation and i think we raised some good money for the cause. today i get back to playing with skyrocket at hanover's in pflugerville and tomorrow, the house of blues in houston. 
my guest for episode 473 is south african musical powerhouse, tailor! tailor was in austin last month making her third album. she was working with my friend, zak loy as producer and he suggested she come by and do the show. we totally hit it off and had an extremely honest conversation about making music, her career, her love life, what makes her tick and sooo much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know tailor. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Episode 401: Continental Drift

Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

hello friends!  hope you're all doing well and taking the last weeks of summer in stride. i'm trying to. i'm getting my shit together after a couple of whirlwind weeks of podcasts, shows, the beach, new york, connecticut and the 400th podcast... whew! i had a great time doing everything, but it was utterly exhausting. hey! if you live in austin or not, i'll be on 93.7 KLBJ tonight at 11. i'll be on "local licks" with loris lowe talking about the podcast and stuff. check it out at www.klbjfm.com. also, tomorrow, wednesday, august 5th, i will be moderating a panel for the austin music foundation's, "the music business is dead" panel. we'll be discussing the implications of the austin music census findings with a great panel of musicians and music business folks. you can find out more and rsvp here http://austinmusicfoundation.org/. come out and find out where this community is headed and what you can do to sustain a career in this day and age.my guests for episode 401 are jedidiah and david from the ten piece, afro beat/psych band, continental drift. these guys are about to release their debut ep in a few weeks. i had the pleasure of sitting down with these cats yesterday and chatting about west african music, what is psychedelic music, maintaining order in a 10-peice band, recording live, working out songs at shows and much, much more. these guys are amazing musicians with a great vision and i really enjoyed getting to know them. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! jg

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