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Episode 381: Mark Proct

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Tuesday May 26, 2015

hello friends! i hope you all had a good memorial day weekend. there was crazy rain, flooding and general old-testament-style devastation here in austin. i want to tell you guys about some solo shows i have coming up this week. tonight, tuesday, may 26th i'll be playing at the volstead in austin. i'll be playing at 10 right after last friday's guest, the big fix and right before one of my favorite people, kayce laine from nyc. thursday, may 28th, i'll be playing at 502 bar in san antonio at 9pm opening for one of my best friends, joseph king from nyc. and friday, 5/29, SKYROCKET! will be rocking hanover's in pflugerville at 10 pm. my guest for episode 381 is music business veteran, mark proct! mark shares his journey through 40 years in this business working as a roadie, soundman, tour manager, manager and everything in between with the likes of willie nelson, asleep at the wheel, jerry jeff walker, the fabulous thunderbirds, stevie ray vaughan, the vaughan brothers, the arc angels, storyville, vallejo and more. that whole time, mark had a camera and was documenting his exciting trip with all of these legendary musicians and has just put out an amazing and gorgeous book, "home today gone tomorrow", which is a collection of candid photos and stories spanning a 40 year career in this crazy business. mark and i sat down last week and went through the book and his life for 2 whole hours and here it is. i hope you enjoy it. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Dec 12, 2014

hello friends i hope you're all doing well. i hope you're getting prepared for the holidays. i just realized today that i've done nothing about my shopping... i know i'll be buying my christmas gifts at local record stores here in austin. i have a plan. i did it last year and it was pretty cool. i buy music for people that they might not know, but is in their taste range, at local record stores. well, this year, i'm trying to get out to some record stores so that the owners can you what they're known for. today we stop by antone's record store here in austin, tx and talk to musician/co-owner, eve monsees. great chat about the record store that has graced "the drag" since 1987. get out to your local record store and get involved!my guest for episode 333 is the immensely talented singer/songwriter and all-around great hang, bob schneider. this is bob's second appearance on the show. he's started a pledge music campaign for his new album, "king kong" and there's two weeks left for you to give. simply go to bob's pledge music campaign and give. i met bob at an undisclosed location and we talked about everything from our dislike of taylor swift and creed to communicating with just our hearts. yeah. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Sep 19, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all "in it" this weekend for summer's last stand. yes, this weekend marks the last weekend of summer. fall starts next week and honestly, i'm ready for fall. my morning runs have been hot and humid festivals of sweat. i'm ready for cool, nice fall morning runs. hey! if you live in austin, today, friday, sept 19th 2014 is "danny crooks day"! no shit! my old friend is being honored by the city for his contributions to the music community. there's a party at the roost at 7 with the showing of a documentary and TONS of bands. i'll be playing some songs at 8. if you went to, or played at steamboat, you should come out and say hi to danny. it's gonna be a great show. i'll be coming back into town to play with skyrocket at 10:30 at the one-2-one bar. we don't do too many shows in the city limits... you should come out. do it!!!!my guest for episode 310 is amazing guitar player/singer/songwriter, will knaak! will making his second appearance on the show. he's just released his first solo album, the only open road and it's awesome! the album was produced by guitar hero, jeff plankenhorn and features brannen temple on drums and yoggi on bass. it's a pretty impressive debut album. you might know will as being a sideman for many country bands here in texas. he spends a lot of time on tour and has pretty much his whole life. he started out playing young and was out playing professionally when he was 12 years old! we have a great conversation about his journey, the courage it takes to make the step from sideman to frontman and the delicate balance, touring, working with jeff and much, much more. i am a huge fan of will's both as a player and as a person. you will be too after our conversation. lrt's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 297: Carry Illinois

Tuesday Aug 05, 2014

Tuesday Aug 05, 2014

hello friends! i am back from beach weekend 2014. it's not easy to come back from the beach after being there with family, living the dream, swimming in the ocean with baby cousins, hanging out on a porch shooting the shit and everything else that comes with a family weekend at a beach house on the beach. also, i completely unplugged from computer/phone/social media etc and i feel great. this episode is brought to you by the soundtrack series podcast. there will be a live recording this saturday, august 9th at the nd at 8pm. find out all about it at www.soundtrackseries.com also, i'll be at strange brew in austin, tx tonight continuing my residency. my guests will be cory glaeser from sheboygan and SKYROCKET! and kurt neumann from the bodeans! the fun starts at 8.my guest for episode 297 is lizzy lehman from the band, carry illinois! i met lizzy at a show a few weeks ago. i checked out her stuff online and invited her on the show. she's been a solo folk artist for the last few years. she put out a couple of albums here and in portland. now she's got a band. she's taking her folk jams to a rock place with her new band, carry illinois. we have a great conversation about growing up in illinois, leaving for college in portland, finding her musical voice, moving to austin and putting together a band and everything in between. i hope you enjoy getting to know lizzy. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 291: Charlie Mars

Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

hello friends! i hope your summer is filled with summer fun! it's about to be really be summer for me. in a couple of weeks, SKYROCKET! will be off for three weeks. i know. the band is always going, but we're actually taking a break. i'll still be playing tuesdays at strange brew. i'm going to the beach for the first few days and of course i'll be doing some podcasting, but i'm going to be doing some writing and recording as well. i played strange brew last night with aj vallejo and kendall beard. it was a fun show! i'm looking forward to playing next tuesday with salim nourallah and jason blum. come out!my guest for episode 291 is singer/songwriter, charlie mars! i met charlie about a decade ago when we were on the same tour. you might know him from his tours with r.e.m., the dixie chicks, bob schneider, or his song "listen to the darkside" which features mary louise parker in the video or his relelntless solo touring. anyway, charlie was in town doing some shows a few weeks ago. i went over to our mutual friend, andy's house and talked about growing up a misfit in mississippi, finding himself through music, making albums, touring working with tchad blake, jim scott and billy harvey determination to be the best and much, much more. his amazing new album, the money, comes out october 14th 2014. i had a good time getting to know charlie. you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Jul 11, 2014

hello friends! i am writing you, appropriately, with my dogs laying their heads on my lap. it's an amazing feeling. i don't live with my dogs anymore, but i share custody with their mom since we broke up and when she goes out of town, i stay with them and we have a blast. anyway, they're big dogs and they're rescues. they've brought their mom and me more joy than you can imagine. on the show today, i have a quick conversation with dr. ellen jefferson form austin pets alive!. i was asked to be in their "music and mutts" campaign and after i did the photo shoot, dr. jefferson asked me if i would want a tour of the facility. i did. i was touched and amazed by the hard work put in by all of the staff and volunteers and what they were able to pull off being funded by the community. i invited dr. jefferson over to explain what austin pets alive! does and what we, as a community can do to keep austin a "no-kill" city and what you can do to make your city a "no kill" city. check it out. go to austinpetsalive.org to find out how YOU can get involved.my guest for episode 290 is singer/songwriter, jess klein! jess was on the show a couple of years ago when she released, behind a veil. well, she's just released her toughest album to date, learning faith. the album was inspired by klein's relentless quest for spritual truth. the album's sound and subject matter are her toughest to date. jess stopped by and we talked about the album, being inspired by protesting along side wendy davis last summer, romance, touring, staying inspired and much, much more. she's out on tour of the southeast right now! check out jessklein.com to get the record and to find out when she's coming to a town near you! jess and i always have entertaining conversations. i hope you enjoy it as much as i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 289: The Mastersons

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

hello summertime lovers! i hope you're all recovered from 4th of july weekend. i am. i had a good weekend. went to a wedding, played, wrote a song and watched some movies. my residency at strange brew continues tonight at 8 pm. my guests are daisy and graham wilkinson. i'm looking forward to it. i'm excited to play a song with each of them. if you're in austin tonight, tuesday, july 8th, come out to strange brew at 8pm and check out some great songwriters in the flesh. here's the deets... https://www.facebook.com/events/843999768946114/my guests for episode 289 are the amazing duo, the mastersons! you might know chris and eleanor from being members of steve earle's band, the dukes. they've also spent this summer opening for and performing with steve earle and the dukes. their second album, the incredibly gorgeous, good luck charm, comes out today! i highly recommend it. anyway, chris and eleanor came by back in may and we sat down and talked about, making good luck charm in l.a. with jim scott, writing songs, working as a couple as side people and front people, and much, much more. i really liked getting to know the mastersons. i know you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 288: Kelley Mickwee

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Friday Jul 04, 2014

happy 4th of july my fellow americans! for those of you not in the u.s., happy friday! i hope you're all well and you have great plans for this holiday. i woke up today to the pool at my apartments totally trashed. i saw a bunch of people partying like crazy when i got home from my gig last night at like midnight. now there are beer cans everywhere, tables are turned over and the exercise room is totally flooded because they stopped up the toilets. why am i complaining to you? because i think it's ugly. don't trash public places. i was gonna spend some time at the pool today. now i can't. happy 4th of july!my guest for episode 288 is singer/songwriter, kelley mickwee! you might know her from americana sensation, the trishas. well, the trishas are on hiatus and kelley has taken it upon herself to make a solo album. her self-produced, debut solo album, you used to live here, comes out on july 22nd. you can go to kelleymickwee.com to hear some of it. it's amazing! she's already gotten some great reviews and recognition for making a very special album. kelley came by and we talked about making her record in memphis, writing her first songs after getting a publishing deal, professional songwriting appointments in nashville, inside the trishas' phenomenal rise and much, much more. kelley is super cool and a great hang! i hope you like getting to know her as much as i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 287: Rick Hornyak

Tuesday Jul 01, 2014

Tuesday Jul 01, 2014

hello my friends! i hope you have your plans ready for the 4th of july which is coming up this friday. i do. i'm actually going to a wedding. my friend joe is getting married on friday and i'm going to attend. i got my friend rusty to sub for me in skyrocket that night. they're playing at the house of blues in houston. i'll be with them on thursday and saturday, but not friday. i start my summer residency at strange brew tonight! yes! i'll be playing every tuesday at 8 pm at strange brew in austin, tx. if you are around, come out. it will be a good time. here's a poster made by my friend, ramin nazer. https://www.facebook.com/events/1470709166502528/  my guests tonight are joseph king and jeremy nail.my guest for episode 287 is singer/songwriter rick hornyak! rick moved here from pennsylvania a few years ago to pursue his musical ambitions. he sold everything he had including his house and headed to austin. i met rick at steve poltz show a couple of months ago and he told me he listens to the show and wanted to come on. well, he did and we had a fantastic conversation about his journey. he'll be on the road playing in wisconsin and pennsylvania for the next few weks. look him up and go check him out. i hope you enjoy getting to know rick. i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 281: Ashley Monical

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all well. i just got back from new york yesterday and i feel like crap. i think i have some sort of summer cold or just full-blown city exhaustion. i had a great time out there. played a couple of shows with SKYROCKET!, saw a bunch of friends, did a podcast, walked about 80,000 miles, stayed in the nice part of town and stayed in the ghetto... i had the city experience without ever even getting in a subway. hey! we have a live podcast recoding coming up THIS tuesday, june 17th, 2014 at 8 pm at strange brew in austin, tx. my guest will be, funnyman, charlie hodge, amazing singer/songwriter, graham wilkinson and one of my favorite bands around, sphynx! all of these folks have been on the show and are incredibly entertaining. you should come out, get involved and be a part of "how did i get here?".my guest for episode 281 is the talented and entertaining, ashley monical! i saw a video of ashley's on facebook and i thought it was so good, that i asked her to come on the show and tell me her story. well, it turns out, it's a great story about world travel, following a dream she had since she was a child, american idol, making music, writing songs, making records and finding her unique and beautiful voice on her own. i really enjoyed getting to know ashley. i'm sure you will too. ciao! -jg

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