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Episode 840: Shawnee Kilgore

Tuesday Sep 17, 2019

Tuesday Sep 17, 2019

Hello friends! Singer/songwriter, Shawnee Kilgore is my guest for episode 840! Shawnee is just finishing up a new album, Beginning At The Wilderness. You can look for that in 2020. For now, you can hear her amazing music including the gorgeous, Back To Eden ep which is a collaboration she did with director, Joss Whedon. Go to shawneekilgore,com for music, show dates and more. Shawnee and I have a great conversation about growing up in Maine, discovering her voice as a songwriter, connecting with Hollywood director, Joss Whedon, her "Wonder What Wednesdays" at Threadgill's, her Song Bird Society and much more! I had a great time getting to know Shawnee. I'm sure you will too. Plus, we say goodbye to Ric Ocasek of The Cars. Let's get down!
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Ciao! -JG

Friday May 18, 2018

Hello friends! Songwriter/guitar player/filmmaker extraordinaire, Jesse Dayton returns to the show for episode 697! His latest album, The Outsider drops June 8th and he'll be on tour west coast next week and all over the US in June. He's already dropped two singles, "Hurtin' Behind The Pine Curtain" and "May Have To Do It (Don't Have To Like It) and they're available where ever you stream or download music. The single, "May Have To Do It (Don't Have To Like It) made the top 10 in the Rolling Stone Country/Amercana chart. Go to for tourdates, music, videos and more. We have a great conversation about his experiences making his film, "ZOMBEX", touring with legendary punk band, X, making The Outsider while tour with his band in Atlanta, Nashville, Denver and Austin, playing Kinky Friedman on the stage and much more! Jesse is a true talent and a great hang. Enjoy our conversation. I sure did. Let's get down!
Ciao! -JG

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you're wondering how you can help, Texas Monthly has compiled a list of ways you can help Help out now.
Muscle Shoals singer/songwriter/cellist, Caleb Elliott is my guest for episode 622! caleb stopped by last week when he was in town on tour. We have a great conversation about being a sideman and frontman, touring solo, the Muscle Shoals studio scene, growing up the son of a preacher, Natchitoches LA and much, much more. find Caleb at Plus, Rain Perry's brilliant new documentary, "The Shopkeeper" about my mentor, Mark Hallman, his studio, The Congres House and the changing music business is out now! Find it at Rain checks in via Skype to talk about making "The Shopkeeper" and more. Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Friday Feb 03, 2017

Hello friends! I hope the world is treating you well. Hopefully you're navigating this unprecidented time in history with a cool hand and a lot of grace. Things are crazy out there. Be nice to each other. Rain Perry and i chat via Skype about the amazing documentary about one of my very best friends, Mark Hallman, called, "The Shopkeeper". The movie has been making the festival rounds and is now having it's Austin premier at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at 4pm on Sunday February 12th with an afterparty across the street at teh One-2-One Bar at 6:30. To find out how to get tickets and learn more about the movie, go to Check it out now!
Devon McDermott and Morris Ramos from the art/rock band, Tinnarose are my guests for episode 564! Their new album, My Pleasure Has Returned is available now and they're doing some shows in Texas in the next week before they head out on an eastcoast tour in a couple of weeks. We have a great conversation about how they came together as a band, The Grateful Dead, dealing with loss, making My Pleasure Has Returned, 70's jazz and much, much more. Go to to get the album and find out when they're coming to a town near you. I hope you enjoy getting to know Devon and Morris. I sure did. Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Friday Jan 20, 2017

Hello friends! Well, it's today. This strange day we've all been anxious about. Wether you're excited about this president or bummed, there's still an odd level of anxiety about all of this change. A lot of people in my circle are gong to be marching against this guy in Austin tomorrow. I'm not. I really don't think that's gonna do much for anyone except make you feel like you marched and no one outside of your fellow marchers cared about your march. That's just me. I just hope we can all find a way to get along and I hope this guy isn't as bad as he's making it seem he'll be. Good luck to all of us. 
My guest for episode 560 is "Honky Tonk Heaven: The Legend of the Broken Spoke" co-director, Brenda Greene Mitchell! This brilliant documentary tells the story of the legendary Texas honky tonk, The Broken Spoke here in Austin. The story is told through charismatic and tenacious owners, James and Annetta White and includes interviews with such legends as, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jesse Dayton and more! I've had the pleasure of knowing Brenda since I was 11 or 12. She has always been passionate about music and has owned clubs, promoted shows and benefits. The movie is brilliant and touching and you can find it at I hope you enjoy my conversation with my dear, old friend, Brenda. I sure did. Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Friday Mar 04, 2016

hello friends! i hope life is treating you well. news is pouring in about the president and the first lady being the keynote speakers at sxsw this year. that's pretty exciting for austin. it makes me think what those motorcades will do to enhance the over-the-top sxsw traffic. honestly, i think it's cool that they're coming. i'm finalizing my sxsw schedule... i'm doing some podcasts, hosting a SIMS showcase at the san jose' with awesome bands like, sweet spirit, ian moore and the lossy coils, the bluebonnets and more and i'm doing shows out of town with skyrocket. i'm looking forward to a week of madness. speaking of madness, if you live in austin and you're looking for a way to extend your "sunday funday", rev. merrill wade from st. matthews episcopal church has started "soul of a musician series", at the iron cactus north. rev. wade stopped by to tell us what it's all about. if you'd like to find out more about it go to soul of a musician series on facebook.
my guest for episode 469 is filmmaker/photographer/musician, joe salinas! joe has been on the show again to chat about his latest project, a documentary about the legendary punk band, the big boys, called "you can color outside the lines". he's ben traveling all over the country talking to punk legends, rock stars and other raconteurs about the effect of the big boys in punk music. you can find joe's work at i had a great time catching up with joe about his adventures. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!
ciao! -jg 

Friday Feb 19, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you happy and healthy. the weather has been amazing this week in austin. i've been walking to meetings, walking around outside, driving around, washing my car and doing anything i can to be outside. do you guys do that? when it's nice outside, you just walk around and enjoy the weather. we have a big show for you today, film maker/actor, john valley is here, but before we get to john, i have a quick chat with argentinian rocker, valerio rinaldi who is currently on tour in the u.s. he'll be fralo's in san antonio tomorrow, saturday 2/20 and at the blackerby recital hall in austin, tx on sunday 2/21. we have a great chat about his current tour, touring south america, rock en español and more! get out and check him out. you can find his music here, valerio on guest for episode 465 is film maker/actor, john valley! you might know john from his sweet spirit videos "baby when i close my eyes" and "baby doll". when i saw those videos back in january, i really wanted to meet him and talk to him on the show because i figured anyone with that kind of imagination would make a fantastic show. well, it did! john and i had a great conversation about growing up in iowa, making films as a kid, acting, interning for terrence malick, collaborating with sweet spirit and much, much more! i suggest you check out his work on his vimeo page to get an idea of his work. it's brilliant! let's get down!

Tuesday Sep 15, 2015

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you embracing the world as if it were your mother. things are good here. today we get a visit from director, clay liford who stops by to talk about his new movie, "slash". he's 95% done with the movie and has launched a kickstarter campaign to finish it. it's a coming of age comedy about a boy who writes "slasher fan fiction" a sub-genre of erotic fan fiction and stars michael ian black, missi pyle, hannah marks, michael johnston and more. clay and i have a great conversation about the sensitive nature of this story and how it's already caused some controversy in the "slasher" world. check out his kickstarter campaign and see what you can give. you have until friday sept. 25th so, get out there and get invovled!my guest for episode 414 is the man, the myth, the legend, the amazing joe king carrasco! joe stopped by a few weeks ago while he was in town promoting his new album, chiliando which he made with his new band, joe king carrasco y los side fx. chiliando is joe's most rocking album to date. he's been living in puerto vallarta for a while now and settled into his new mexican life. we sat down and had a fantastic conversation about, being a star of early mtv, having michael jackson sing back-up on a session, getting banned from saturday night live, his excitement over chiliando, questionable vans breaking down in the mountains while on tour, his dog rescue foundation, owning his own club in puerto vallarta and much, much more! it was an hnor to have joe king come over and chat. i hope you enjoy it as much as i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Aug 21, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all finding yourselves enjoying your summer. i am. it just cooled off a bit which is nice. i have a great show for you guys today! a double-header, if you will. fist up i have legendary director, penelope spheeris and her daughter/ business partner, anna fox. you might know penelope from the big hollywood movies like "wayne's world" and "black sheep", but you might also know her from her "decline of western civilization" parts 1-3 documentaries. i came up watching part 1: the punk years and part 2: the metal years and loved them. the austin film society is presenting a ver special screening of all three parts plus, penelope's 1983 film, "suburbia" at the marchesa theater on friday, august 28th and saturday, august 29th. penelope and anna will be on hand for a "q & a" after the movies. tickets and more info on the event are available at so we have a great phone conversation where we find out what happened to the bands, odin and london from part 2: the metal years, why paul stanley was in bed with three girls during his interview and much more. if you want to own the new decline of western civilization box set, go here shout! second guests for episode 407 are austin's new generation of blues musicians, the peterson brothers! glenn and alex peterson stopped by to talk to me about their debut, self-titled album that came out earlier this month, being professional working musicians by night and high-school students by day, keeping their weekly continental club residency (mondays @ 6:30 fresh), where they want to take the blues and much, much more. i really enjoyed getting to know these fine, young, talented gentlemen. i'm sure you will too. find out more about the peterson brothers at let's get down!ciao! -jg  

Friday Jul 31, 2015

hello friends! welcome to episode 400 recorded live at the townsend in austin, tx. my guests for this show are suzanna choffel, justin elliott, nakia, a.j. vallejo and jazz mills! i would like to thank all of my guests, the townsend for hosting us so graciously, the werd company for coming out and recording it so beautifully and most of all the crowd that came out and made it so fun. this is a great show! we talk about periscope, amazing cocktails including one called, "how did i get here?", aj asks me to smell his finger, french trips, more cocktails and much, much more. i hope you enjoy it as much as we did. thank you for listening to this show. i feel like the last 400 episodes have been life-changing for me. i can't wait to see what the next 400 episodes hold. thanks again for listening. it makes me happy. let's get down!ciao! -jg

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