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Episode 449: Casey Monahan

Friday Dec 25, 2015

Friday Dec 25, 2015

merry christmas! i hope you're all in a good place. i hope i'm in a good place. i wish you all happiness, love and peace this holiday season. i will be on my way home this christmas day. i'm going to spend the weekend back home with my loved one, zuri. maybe we'll go to a movie, see a band, play some yatzee... end of the holiday decompression and relaxation. because even if i wasn't working any of my "jobs" this week, being with family and that whole thing can be pretty intense and a couple of days of quiet and mellow vibes. i'll talk to you on tuesday and fill you in on star wars, family time, last-minute shopping, christmas and more. merry christmas!my guest for episode 449 is behind-the-scenes texas music legend, casey monahan. if you don't know casey, he was a writer for the austin american-statesman,  he was the director of the texas state music office for 25 years under governors ann richards, george w. bush and rick perry, he created the texas music register, he was on the team that brought the grammy chapter to texas in 1994, he produced roky erickson and much, much more. in january 2015, when the new regime took over the texas capital, casey was let go. the music community was outraged, but casey turned his energy toward his family and now is back at work consulting music businesses and more. casey is a great hang, a wealth of music knowledge and a real sweetheart. i hope you enjoy my conversation with casey. i sure did. let's get down! merry christmas! -jg

Friday Oct 16, 2015

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you all happy and healthy. i am a bit hungover as i celebrated my birthday last night. it was a blast. saw the wonderful dawn & hawkes play, then i had a fabulous dinner, then went to se my old pal aj play and met up with a bunch of friends. great night! if you're in austin tonight, october, 16th and looking for something to do, skyrocket will be playing at the one-2-one bar at 9 pm. come out and party with guest for episode 425 is singer/songwriter/drummer/guitar player/renaissance texan and texas music hall of famer, freddie steady krc! freddie has been a staple on the austin scene since the 1970's when he played drums with the likes of b.w. stevenson, jerry jeff walker, carole king and more. he went on to start the new wave/power pop band, the explosives in the late 70's. then a string of great country and garage rock bands including freddie steady 5, shakin' apostles, freddie steady's wild country and many more. freddie continues to write and play with his many bands, he owns a record label and now runs the austin chapter of the musicians union. freddie and i have an awesome and long conversation about his journey. i hope you enjoy getting to know freddie steady as much as i 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

Saturday Oct 25, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. things are good here. i've had a busy week... i played with SKYROCKET!, recorded with kimmie rhodes, did a couple of podcasts and went to a party. it's been a good week. i'm about to hit the road to houston for a show tonight. so yeah. busy times. speaking of busy times, i have a couple of solo shows this week. tomorrow, sunday october 26th, i'll be playing a fundraiser at the spider house ballroom at 4 pm. come out and support the children. on tuesday, october 28th, i'll be playing a celebration of the volstead act at the volstead here in austin. i play at 8:30. also on the bill, nathan harlan! come out and say guest for episode 320 is musician/producer/label owner and now manager, chris frenchy smith! you might know frenchy as the musician behind sixteen deluxe and young heart attack or as producer or as owner of the bubble. this is frenchy's second appearance on the show. he was on in the summer of 2013. anyway, we got together last week and caught we talked about everything from the foo fighters vs. U2 and the way they're releasing their albums, spotify, buying music, his new adventure as co-manager of the band purple, frenchy smith records and much, much more. frenchy and i have been friends for 23 years and i always have a great time talking to him. i hope you enjoy it. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg i did. 

Episode 308: Tommy Taylor

Friday Sep 12, 2014

Friday Sep 12, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all having a great day and time in your life. really. i want you all to be doing well. i'm doing well. i played my last show for my residency at strange brew on tuesday. it was a blast. kathy valentine played a very acoustic show and she was amazing. i read a facebook post from her that made me think she's probably not doing any more of them which is a drag. anyway, if you missed the residency, i'm sorry. it was fun. hey! if you're in austin this sunday, sept. 14th, i'll be playing with john bush from the new bohemians at his sunday show at one-2-one bar. the show is from 5:30 - 7:30. i'm looking forward to jamming with such great musicians. speaking of jamming with great musicians, if you're in houston tonight friday, sept. 12th, i'll be playing at the continental club with skyrocket! we start at 10. come out and party with guest for episode 308 is amazing drummer, tommy taylor. i'm sure you've heard tommy play he's the drummer on the christopher cross album with "ride like the wind" and he's played with eric johnson for decades. i met tommy when i was 16 years old. he's always been a great hang and such a great talent. i got to jam with him a lot in the 90's when he played in the "sunday monsters" at steamboat with stephen doster and will sexton. i've been trying to get tommy on the show since i started it. i know he started playing in bands here in austin when he was just a teenager. he ended up playing with christopher cross when he was 20, won grammys. toured the world, played on all the tv shows, went on to play with eric johnson, on spotify alone, songs he's played on have been played over 15 million times. it was an honor to sit down and chat with such an amazing part of rock and roll history. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 306: Wrenfro

Thursday Sep 04, 2014

Thursday Sep 04, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. maybe you had a short week because of labor day. if so, congratulations. i'm back at it tonight with SKYROCKET!. we're playing the finish line of a fun run tonight here in austin, then we're flying out at 7:30 in the morning to oklahoma city to jump on a shuttle that will take us to some crazy disco-golf tournament a couple of hours outside of okc. i'll be back sunday. should be fun. i want to remind you that tuesday is my last "johnny goudie & friends" residency at strange brew. i have a great line-up that night... ryan holley, joe reyes and the legendary kathy valentine! if you're in austin, come THIS tuesday sept. 9th at 8 pm and let's say goodbye to this summer residency in style!my guests for episode 306 are tony scalzo and kevin mckinney from the band, wrenfro! kevin and tony have both been on the show and you might know tony from the band fastball and kevin from his band, soulhat. anyway, these amazing talents have joined forces and started a band called, wrenfro. after settling on the right line-up, chris gebhard on bass and ed jarusinsky on drums, they've released  two singles on itunes and cd baby, they're getting ready to embark on a wednesday residency at strange brew starting on wednesday, sept 17th at 8 pm. anyway, we have a great conversation about the state of the music business, fastball,  spotify, wrenfro in the studio and much more. i love kevin and tony. i recommend checking out their music on itunes and if you live in austin, get out to a show and see what they're all about. let's get down!ciao! -jgsponsored by: strange brew lounge side 

Episode 303: Joe Reyes

Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're out there successfully getting your nuts like crazy, rabid squirrels. i'm just getting in from a session for a song i'm producing for an artist named, daniel eyes. we cut drums at SPACE with this guy cruz playing and it turned out fantastic! it's a great room, a great studio, that's why i'm glad they're sponsors of this show. quality, great staff and of course, air conditioning. i'll be playing my tuesday residency tonight at strange brew. my guests will be the incredibly talented chris taylor and the phenomenal, little brave. it starts at 8. if you're in austin, come see what it's all about. my guest for episode 303 is ultra-talented/multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, joe reyes! you might know joe from the many musical projects he's been involved in like, freddy fender, billy harvey, salim nourallah and many more. or, the many bands he's played/plays in like, lara & reyes, buttercup, demitasse and many more. joe was in town from san antonio a couple of weeks ago and we got together and had a great conversation about his interesting musical journey, san antonio, buttercup, demitasse, freddy fender and much, much more. i love joe. he's an amazing talent and total sweetheart. i hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. things are good here. i had a week off from podcasting, three weeks off from SKYROCKET! and i've been puppy-sitting. crazy times. anyway, i'm back! i have four more shows in my tuesday residency at strange brew here in austin. i know. i'm gonna miss it. tonight i have two amazingly talented friends playing with me, kacy crowley and lang freeman from sounds under radio and the rocketboys. i'll also have some friends that are in from nyc sitting in on some songs with me. good times! on this episode, i have a quick phone conversation with californian singer/songwriter-turned documentarian, rain perry about her documentary, "the shopkeeper: a documentary about mark hallman and the congress house". she has an indiegogo campaign to raise money to finish it. here's a link, indegogo link go check it out. mark hallman is my mentor and one of the most important people in my life and i lived in the congress house for 2 years. give what you guest for episode 301 is manager and label owner, kevin wommack. i've known kevin for nearly 30 years. he's worked with omar and the howlers, sara hickman, guy forsythe, los lonely boys, ben kweller and many more. he also has a label, playing in traffic and run ben kweller's label, the noise company who has just released wild child's "the runaround". kevin has had an amazing career, rich with experiences both high (winning a grammy with los lonely boys) and low (the death of sims ellison from pariah) talking to him is like talking to a jedi of the business. if you're a young band or in any band, i recommend listening to this smart and extremely interesting man. i hope you enjoy my convesation with kevin as much as i 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

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