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Tuesday Jul 18, 2017

Hello friends! My guest for episode 610 is guitarist extraordinaire, Jackie Venson! Jackie stopped by last week when she was in the middle of playing some of the biggest shows you can play in Austin and last night she started her run of shows opening for Gary Clark Jr. Her lastest single, "Flying" debuted a couple of weeks ago on Vibe.com. You can find "Flying" and Jackie's other releases, tourdates, videos and bio at jackievenson.com. Jackie and I have a great and sometimes raunchy conversation about touring Europe last month, the "sad sandwich hour", playing to 20,000 people the night before our interview, touring with Gary Clark Jr. and much, much more. I had a blast talking to Jackie. I always do. Enjoy! Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Tuesday Jul 04, 2017

Happy 4th of July! I had two conversations for episode 606! First up, I video-chatted with the lovely and talented pop artist and recent Brooklyn to Nashville transplant, Kayce Laine! Kayce just released a new single, "Aftergolw" Her third release since her move to Nashville a year and a half ago. We have a great conversation about changing her sound, adjusting to life in Nashville, balancing a job and music and much, much more! Find Kayce and her music at kaycelaine.com Next up are honky-tonking hard rockers, The Big Gun Show!  Gunter Woodson and Yates Hagan stopped by talk about all things in The Big Gun Show. Their new e.p. The Door is available now and they'll be playing this Friday, 7/7 at The Longhorn Saloon in Austin, TX. Go to thebiggunshow.com to see videos, hear music and find out where they're playing next. We have a great conversation about recording The Door with producer AJ Vallejo, shooting their video for their song "Swagger" at a strip club, tequila and much, much more. I hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July! Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Episode 604: Buenos Diaz

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017

Tuesday Jun 27, 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!

Friday Jun 16, 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

Tuesday Jun 13, 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

Tuesday Sep 27, 2016

Hello friends! I hope you had a great weekend. This is a big week in Austin music. The new ALL ATX album, Low Down Violet Crown: Austin Rocks the Blues comes out this Thursday, September, 29th and they're celebrating with a big release show at ACL Moody Theater that same day. The album features 17 tracks with the best of Austin artists covering classic blues rock songs. The concert on Thursday features The Doobie Bros., Bob Schneider, Doyle Bramhall ll, Carolyn Wonderland, Jackie Venson, today's guest Walker Lukens and many more. Randy Miller, producer of the album and the show, stops by to fill us in on all things All ATX. go to allatx.org to find out how and where to buy the album and how o get tickets to the show. 
My guest for episode 528 is the amazing Walker Lukens! Walker is featured on the new All ATX album and he'l be playing the show on Thursday at ACL Moody Theater, but he also has a new e.p. coming out next month. Walker's brilliant new e.p., Never Understood, produced by Jim Eno (Spoon), comes out October 14th on Modern Outsider Records. He'll be playing the ACL Festival on October 8th and playing release shows around Texas in October. We have a great conversation about making Never Understood, growing up in Houston, navigating this crazy music business and much, much more. I hope you enjoy getting to know Walker as much as i did. Let's get down!
Ciao! -jg

Friday Aug 26, 2016

Hello friends! I hope you're all doing well. Getting your kids back-to-school or living what ever dream you choose to live. Things are good here. I saw The Fixx last night with my dear old friend and mentor, Mark Hallman. My old friends in Deep Blue Something opened the show and i had a great hang with them before the show. We caught up for a bit while listening to Genesis and Phil Collins songs talking about their genius. Great time, with great friends last night. I should probably try to get out and see some new bands soon.
My guests for episode 518 are Phil Hurley and Lonnie Trevino from The South Austin Moonlighters! Their new album, Ghost of a Small Town just came out, so I invited them back to talk about it and more. We had a great talk about getting a new guitar player, making Ghost of a Small Town themselves, four-tracks, band politics, our true feelings for Jack Johnson and much, much more. You can catch them tonight at The Mucky Duck in Houston. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Phil and Lonnie. I sure did. Let's get down!
Ciao! -jg

Episode 510: Jackie Venson

Friday Jul 29, 2016

Friday Jul 29, 2016

hello friends. i hope this episode finds you all doing well. i'm good. i'm glad that these conventions are over. i thought it was exciting to see the first woman accepting her party's nomination for president. i watched it live. i like what she's saying. i'm really glad these conventions are over. i feel like this campaign has been going on forever. hey! if you want to get away from all things political and you're listening to this show the day it comes out, skyrocket is playing tonight, friday, july 29th at speakeasy here in austin. come out and party with us. 
my guest for episode 510 is musical powerhouse and guitar hero, jackie venson! jackie has a new album, live at strange brew, coming out on september 16th and is heading out on a west coast tour starting next wednesday, august 3rd. go to jackievenson.com to find out if she's coming to a town near you. jackie and i have a great conversation about growing up austin, her time at berklee college of music, making a switch from classical pianist to blues guitarist in 2011, recording her new live album, why she likes short guys and so much more. i had a great time getting to know jackie. i'm sure you will too. let's get down! 
ciao! -jg

Episode 509: Eric Tessmer

Tuesday Jul 26, 2016

Tuesday Jul 26, 2016

hello friends! i hope life is treating you well. i had a good weekend of shows with skyrocket. i did a podcast with a band called, drop out vegas when i was in houston on saturday. they're an amazing pop band and we had a great conversation in my hotel room. look for that in a couple of weeks. i'm looking forward to making some new music this week with some friends and shooting a cooking show with aj. friday, skyrocket will be playing at speakeasy in downtown austin. it's our first gig in this awesome venue. come out and say hi if you can.
my guest for episode 509 is guitar hero, eric tessmer! eric's new e.p., EP1 comes out this friday, july 29th. he'll be playing release shows this weekend. friday, july 29th at antone's in austin and saturday, july 30th at dan electro's guitar bar in houston. eric and i have a great conversation about miraculous guitar purchases, growing up in richland center, wisconsin, making EP1, working with the great jacob sciba, living in his rehearsal space, getting sober and much, much more. you can find out more about eric at erictessmerband.com. i hope you enjoy getting to know eric as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Friday Jul 08, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're having a good week and ready to cruise into the weekend in style. i have no idea what that means, but it sounds nice. if you live in san antonio, my band, skyrocket will be playing at sam's burger joint music hall, tonight, july 8th 2016. come out and get into the festivities that you can only get into by cutting loose with skyrocket on a friday night in s.a.. i'm playing friday, but i'm off saturday and next weekend. slow month for the skyrocket clan. i have no idea what i'm doing on saturday night. maybe some good peeps are playing and i'll see a band or two.
guitar hero, van wilks returns to the show for episode 504! van has a new album out, 21st century blues. i think it's his best and toughest sounding album yet. the more i have these conversations with my elders, the more i am convinced that if you stay inspired and stay true to yourself, you will always grow and your art will always be honest and good. such is the case with van wilks and his first album in ten years, 21st century blues. van and i have another great conversation. i never ceased to be inspired by van and the other amazingly talented people in my life that i look up to. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg

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