how did i get here?



Episode 904: Andrew Nolte

Friday Apr 10, 2020

Friday Apr 10, 2020

Hello friends! I hope you're all safe, healthy and sane. Orchestral pop songwriter, Andrew Nolte is my guest for episode 904! Andrew plays keys with a lot of bands like The Damn Torpedoes, Nakia and more. His solo albums, Climbing Uphill and Tied To A String are gorgeous artistic statements and he's easily one of the best songwriters I've heard in years. You can find his music, videos and more at We have a great conversation about his quarantine life, making his albums with Mike Ingber & Eric Harrison at Studio 601, making music for films, being a dad and much more! I had a great time getting to know Andrew. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!
Ciao! -JG
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Episode 614: Michael Ramos

Monday Jul 31, 2017

Monday Jul 31, 2017

Hello friends! My guest for episode 614 is keyboard player, producer, songwriter and studio owner, Michael Ramos! Michael has most recently been touring with country artist, Pat Green but he's about to hit the road playing with Shawn Colvin on her tour celebrating 20 years of her album, "A Few Small Repairs". He's also been in his studio, Brown Recluse Studio, producing artists like Jackie Venson and Gina Chavez. Michael has been playing keyboards and on the road since he was a kid and has toured with artists like John Mellencamp, BoDeans, The Rembrants, Charlie Sexton and countless others. He's also produced albums for artists like, Gina Chavez, Nakia, Patty Griffin and many others. His band, Charanga Cakewalk had a great run as well. I've known Michael since I was 15 and have always looked up to him as a musician and great person and we have a fantastic conversation about his illustrious career. I hope you enjoy it. I sure did. Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Friday Sep 18, 2015

hello friends! welcome to episode 415: live at the townsend with our guests, kathy valentine, emily bell, amy edwards and miles zuniga! this episode was recorded in front of a live audience on wednesday, sept. 9th. i have great conversations with all of the artists and we have a great group conversation about where we think things are going in the music world. the show was recorded by our friends at werd media labs. i had a blast talking to these great artists. i'm sure you will too. let's get down! ciao! -jg

Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you being able to shut off the tractor beam on the death star so that you can rescue the princess and go home. i want to let you know that i have a show THIS thursday at the roost in north austin. i received a call last night from my friend that books the place and he said someone dropped out last minute and would i play on thursday at 8. so, i'm playing a solo acoustic show at the roost in north austin at 8 on thursday. come out and say hi to me. i want to also let you know that texas music water is the official water of "how did i get here?". dean wolfe from texas music water stops by the show today to quickly give us the background on texas music water and about the non-profits it supports like HAAM, SIMS, Anthropos Arts, Warrior Cry Music Project and more! find out where you can your texas music water at "you hydrate. we donate"Episode 383 finds little brave back in the "hot seat". also known as stephanie macias, this is her second appearance on the show. this past april she put out and amazing new double cd, mythology. this album is absolutely gorgeous. going between electronic pulses and totally organic solo ukelele performances. i urge you to not only buy this album, but go to and buy a physical copy. stephanie stephanie made such a beautiful package that also comes with a beautiful booklet. artists like little brave give me hope. she is a creative force to be reckoned with and we have a great conversation about everything from eating right to designing the gorgeous packing for mythology and everything in between. as always, i had a great time getting to know little brave again. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 351: Stephen Doster

Tuesday Feb 10, 2015

Tuesday Feb 10, 2015

hello friends! i hope life is treating you well. things are good here. i've been booking sxsw 2015 podcast interviews. it took me a week! i've reached out to a ton of bands and i've heard back from around 18 so far. not bad. i'll be confirming days and times over the next 3 weeks. that's always a weird juggling act for me. my friends, wild adriatic are moving to austin on friday. i'm pretty excited about that. they're an amazing band. if you live in austin, if you love rock and roll, do yourselves a favor and find out where they're playing and go see them. my guest for episode 351 is my dear old friend, stephen doster! stephen just released a new solo album, arizona, a couple of months ago, he toured england in support of it and now he's bringing the release shows stateside starting with a record release show in austin at strange brew lounge side on saturday, february 14th at 9:30. if you live in austin, get out and see this brilliant artist and one of my favorite songwriters/musicians/all-around dudes. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

hello friends! i can't believe it's already february... can you? i hope you're doing well. things are good here. still doing this "song a day" thing. it's pretty hard to keep up. i fell behind over the weekend and now i'll be writing songs every day until feb 27th. all good. i need it pretty badly. do you write songs? what do you do to get everything kickstarted? do play some games? do you do something special? share it with us at the facebook page . we'd love to guests for episode 349 is ghostland observatory frontman and now leader of aaron behrens and the midnight stroll, the amazing aaron behrens! i have been a fan of ghostland observatory for years, then i saw aaron did a solo project, i checked it out and reached out to him. he knew the show and was happy to come by and chat. we have a great conversation about growing up in a small town, finding music, ghostland observatory, touring like mad, being a dad, opening his own studio and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know aaron. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Jan 09, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're getting into your new year in style and with all the hope you had on new years eve. i spent the day running errands and i had lunch with my old friend, katrina. it was great catching up with her. i want to thank the folks that wrote in about the dwight twilley episode. i am hoping to get dwight in a face-to-face situation where we can really talk. i'm glad we did it. i'm going to try to do more phoners if i can get ahold of folks. do you like them? hey! if you're in austin tonight, friday, jan 9th 2015, SKYROCKET! is playing at the one-2-one bar on south lamar. we go on at 10. come out. say guest for episode 341 is my old friend and jazz great, elias haslanger! elias was on the show two years ago when he put out his album, church on monday. since he was last on, his "church on monday" shows at the continental club gallery have grown, they released a live album, live at the gallery, that has received amazing critical acclaim 4 1/2 stars in downbeat magazine and climbed to #14 on the jazz radio charts. also, tomorrow, elias and his church on monday band will be playing with alejandro escovedo at the acl moody theater as alejandro's orchestra. eli is a great musician and a real inspiration for staying inspired. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Thursday Aug 14, 2014

hello my friends! wow! we made it to 200 episodes! can you believe it? well, i don't really know where to start... i'd like to thank sheboygan for the theme song. they have an album coming out this month and they'll finally be guests very soon. i would like to thank all of the guests that have taken time out to meet with me and have a conversation. these last 100 shows were very fun and exciting. if you haven't heard them, check out this episode, you'll get a taste of them. most of all, i'd like to thank YOU, the listener for listening. you make this show possible. THANK YOU. i'm looking forward to the next 100 episodes. are you?episode 200: highlights is the "best of" the last 100 episodes. in this episode, you'll hear from bob schneider on cleaning up, ian mclagan on groupies in the 70's, producer, c.j. eiricksson talks about working with hanson, glen phillips talks about a new album from toad the wet sprocket, lance keltner talks about giving rod stewart a suggestion and getting fired for it, steve poltz talks about laughing at really bad news, elizabeth mcqueen talks about the beatles, joanna barbera talks about being out of place in arizona, nakia and a.j. vallejo talk about racism in the south and the band death talk about their next move.... all good stuff! thank you again for listening. we couldn't do it without you. xoxo, jg

Friday Aug 08, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i am. i can't believe we're almost at episode 300. wow. i am so glad i started doing this. i wanted to let you guys know that i will be taking part in the soundtrack series podcast tomorrow, saturday 8/9 at 8pm. they'll be recording it live at the nd. this is my second appearance on the show and i'm really excited about it. the soundtrack series is a storytelling podcast where people choose a song and tell a story about how that song affected them. they're usually very funny and touching. dale dudley, laurie gallardo and many others will be on the show. here's a link to the site on the show today we have a visit from dr. ellen jefferson from austin pets alive! she stopped by and we talked about how people can get involved and help keep austin a "no kill city". even if you don't live in austin, she has some great ideas about how to make your city a "no kill" city. check it out. get guests for episode 298 are orb recording studio owners and members of blue october, matt novesky and cb hudson! these guys have opened the top-of-the-line, first-class studio. orb recording studios has already recorded the likes of justin bieber, lil wayne, blue october, quiet company and many, many more. i suggest you look at it for yourself. simply got to anyway, we have a great conversation about their philosophy, their vision behind the studio, blue october and much, much more. cb and matt are cool, soulful guys that are really reaching for the stars and making a creative environment that is the best around to create the best art possible. i know they'll do well. i hope enjoy my conversation with them. i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 283: Salim Nourallah

Tuesday Jun 17, 2014

Tuesday Jun 17, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well... living right eating healthy and keeping yourself sane. i am good. i have a crazy busy day ahead of me, but that's okay. i have a podcast here at the apartment later this morning with a guy. after that, i'm going to sing on kathy valentine's new album then tonight we have a live podcast at strange brew. speaking of live podcast tonight... we have a live podcast recording TONIGHT tuesday, june 17th 2014 at 8 pm at austin's premier listening room, strange brew! my guests will be funny man, charlie hodge, singer/songwriter, graham wilkinson and art/pop band, sphynx! come out and be a part of the show you love!my guest for episode 283 is singer/songwriter/performer/producer, salim nourallah! it seems like i've known salim forever, but we've never really had the chance to sit down and talk. well, he came by the apartment when he was in town a few weeks ago for a show with billy harvey and alex dezen. i've been listening to his albums for the last couple of weeks and i totally love his music. he's produced a ton of bands you've heard of including the latest, and most successful, old 97's album, most messed up. i really like salim and i had a great time getting to know him. i'm sure you will too.ciao! -jg

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