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Episode 804: Atlas Maior

Tuesday May 21, 2019

Tuesday May 21, 2019

Hello friends! Joshua Thomson and Charlie Lockwood from world music/global jazz band, Atlas Maior are my guests for episode 804! Their latest album, Riptide just came out on May 3rd and it's available where ever you stream and download your jams. Atlas Maior is celebrating the release of Riptide with a release show this Friday, May 24th at Stay Gold here in Austin. Go to atlasmaior.com for music, tour dates and more. We have a great conversation about the influence of middle eastern music on their music, studying under amazing music teachers, recording Riptide live for the most part, touring Spain, France, Turkey and much much more! I had a great time getting to know Charlie and Joshua. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!
Ciao! -JG

Tuesday Apr 02, 2019

Hello friends! Winner of "Best Guitar" at the 2019 Austin Music Awards, Jackie Venson returns for episode 790! Jackie's latest album, the amazing, Joy drops THIS Friday, April 5th and she is celebrating with a release show at The Paramount Theater on Friday, April 12th with special guests, Sweet Spirit. Tickets may still be available. Go to Jackievenson.com ticket info, tour dates, music, videos and more. We have a great conversation about her last year of touring the U.S. and Europe, opening for Gary Clark Jr. what it too to write and record Joy, her new "profiling" amplifier, her plans for 2019 and much more! I always have a great time hanging with Jackie. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!
Ciao! - JG

Friday Sep 28, 2018

Hello friends! Bass/saxophone player extraordinaire, Brad Houser is my guest for episode 736! You know Brad from countless bands including Critters Buggin', Dead Kenny G's and as a founding member of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.  Edie Brickell & New Bohemians' gorgeous new album, 'ROCKET" comes out on October 12th and they're hitting the road all over America this fall. Go to ebnewbos.com for their full tour schedule. Brad and I have a great conversation about starting New Bohemians in his parent's garage, the Dallas music scene, life in a successful band, Critters Buggin', the magic of reuniting with New Bohemians and making "ROCKET" and much more! If you want to find out more about Mr. Houser go to basshouser.com. I had a great time getting to know Brad. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!
Ciao! -JG

Episode 672: Wilson Marks

Wednesday Feb 21, 2018

Wednesday Feb 21, 2018

Hello friends. I have some sad news... we said goodbye to our sweet Greyhound, Dylan on Monday. You've heard me talk about him since the show started. Over the last year, he's not been doing well but he's been hanging in there. I think he hung in there because he loved his mommy, his brother Taylor and me so much. I loved Dylan so much and just wanted to let the world know the amount of joy that this strange and beautiful creature brought to our lives. I love you, Dylan. I always will.
My guest for episode 672 is guitarist/songwriter/educator and all around awesome guy, Wilson Marks! Some of you might know Wilson from being the guitar player for The Love Leighs, McMercy Family Band or Sarah Sharp. Well, Wilson is also a great songwriter and he's releasing his brand new album, Peregrine on Saturday, February 24th. The first single, "Rainbows" is out now. We also premier a brand new song, "Traveling Song" at the end of the show. He's also celebrating the release at The Cactus Cafe' here in Austin on Saturday, February 24th as well. Go to wilsonmarks.com for ticket info and all of your Wilson Marks needs. I had a great time getting to know Wilson. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!
Ciao!-JG

Episode 583: Redd Volkaert

Friday Apr 14, 2017

Friday Apr 14, 2017

One of Austin's greatest musicians, Barry "Frosty" Smith passed away on Wednesday. He was 71. His vast and impressive list of credits includes Funkadelic, Lee Michaels, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimmie Vaughan, Soulhat, Papa Mali, Delbert Mclinton and many, many more. I was lucky to get see him play so many times over the years and it was always an inspiring experience. The last time I saw him was around three years ago at the Continental Club Gallery where he was playing with Mike Flanigin.  That night, I saw the master at work and then got to exchange a few words after. Rest in peace Frosty. Thank you for the groove. We'll miss you.
My guest for episode 583 is the amazingly talented guitar legend, Redd Volkaert! You might know Redd from his work with Brad Paisley, George Jones, Tim Mcgraw, Dolly Parton, his years with Merle Haggard and many, many more. He's put out several albums and instructional videos. If you live in Austin, you can see him every Saturday at 3:30 pm at The Continental Club and every Sunday at 7:00 pm with his band, Haybale at The Continental Club as well. Redd and I have a great conversation about growing up in Canada, falling in love with the guitar, his years in California, playing with Merle Haggard, what inspires him and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know Redd. I sure did. Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Episode 578: Raul Midon

Tuesday Mar 28, 2017

Tuesday Mar 28, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. I was back at work with SKYROCKET!. We played Friday in San Antonio and Saturday in Austin. They were great shows. This week we're back at it on the private party scene. we're playing 5 shows this week, so that should be interesting. I got to play with some of my new band on Saturday! That was really, really fun. We'll be playing our first show at Pecan Street Festival here in Austin in May. I'll let you know when it's happening.
My guest for episode 578 is the amazing Raul Midon! His brand new album, Bad Ass and Blind just came out last Friday and he is embarking on a U.S. and European tour as we speak. Go to Raulmidon.com to find out when he's coming to town near you. Raul came by when he was in town for SXSW a couple of weeks ago and we had a fantatsic conversation about making Bad Ass And Blind, his time at The University of Miami Music Program, being in the jingle scene, playing with Shakira for two years, teh New York jazz scene and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know Raul. I sure did. 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 shopkeepermovie.com 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 tinnarose.com 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

Episode 515: Magna Carda

Tuesday Aug 16, 2016

Tuesday Aug 16, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you well. things are good here. i'm doing some writing and recording this week. so far, it's been fun, frustrating and ultimately, liberating. i have some gigs with skyrocket this weekend. if you live in north austin, we'll be making our debut at the new hanovers 2.0 in round rock on friday, august 19th and saturday, august 20th we'll be at the continental club in houston. come out and say hi.
my guests for episode 315 are megz kelli and dougie do from austin hip hop sensations, magna carda! their amazing, new album, cirqlation is out now! they're going to be playing the austin city limits festival and the sound on sound festival this fall. we have a great conversation about how megz and dougie met in college, megz displacement by hurricane katrina, the austin hip hop scene, making cirqlation and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know these brilliant young artists as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Monday Aug 01, 2016

hello friends. i hope you're all doing well. i need to make an important announcement about a dear friend and very important part of the music community, bass player/producer, george reiff. george has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. he had a brain tumor removed on friday and is recovering. he has a long road ahead of him and that road is going to be very expensive. his family has started a gofundme page so that we can all help out. please go to gofundme.com/georgereiff and give what you can. let's help this beautiful man and his family get through this. let's do it for george.
my guest for episode 511 is artist/producer/entrepreneur/activist and austin's hip hop ambassador, tee double! he's just released his 27th album, ambassador status. he's started "black mics matter " a new musical project that will feature new artists with stories of passion and solutions for the black community and the world during these challenging times. you can find out more about by going to his gofundme page and help him realize his vision. tee double and i have an amazing conversation about making his new album, ambassador status, his goals with "black mics matter", race relations in today's crazy times, austin's hip hop scene, music licensing and much, much more. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Tuesday Jun 21, 2016

hello friends! yesterday was the first day of summer. are you ready? have you chosen your summer jam? i have... i announced it at our live show last night for episode 500. it's "make me like you" by gwen stefani. what's yours? you can be a hit at any pool party, backyard bbq, boat ride, beach house party by playing my summer jam 2016 playlist available on spotify. i'll post a link on our facebook page. 
episode 499 part 2: the conversations is a clip show of some of the highlights of the last hundred shows. you'll hear joe king carrasco talk about being banned from saturday night live, being the first poster boy for mtv and more. mike flanigin talks to me about why he chose billy gibbons to sing the title track from his latest album, the drifter. chip pope talks about writing for tv, the natasha leggero special and more. lincoln durham explains how he's lived in his head since he was a kid. director penelope spheeris and her daughter anna talk about "the decline of western civilization part 2: the metal years". brannen temple gives me a history lesson on the origin of bebop. emily wolfe talks about hitting bottom and getting sober. bruce sudano talks about staying inspired after 40 plus years in the business and how casablanca told his band to play disco. once again, it's been a great hundred episodes. i look forward to the next 500. thank you so much for listening. let's get down!
ciao! -jg

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