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Monday Jun 29, 2020

Hello gang! I hope you're all safe, healthy and sane. Phil Lewis, lead singer of seminal hard rock band L.A. Guns is my guest for episode 938! L.A. Guns has been hard at work lately writing and recording new music. Their latest single, "Let You Down" is available now wherever you stream or download your jams. Go to for music, videos and more! Phil and I have a great conversation about his time living in Austin, preserving his voice, his time in the band, Girl, reuniting with Tracii Guns and keeping L.A. Guns alive and kicking and much more! I had a great time catching up with my old friend. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!
Ciao! -JG
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Tuesday Dec 31, 2019

I wish you all a very Happy New Year! 2019 Austin Music Award winner for "Best Photographer", Ismael Quintanilla is my last guest of the 2010's. He's one of the most prolific photographers around and one of the nicest guys I know. If you live in Austin or follow Austin music or music festivals on social media, no doubt you've seen Ismael's photos over the last few years. You can see all of the amazing photos we talk about of Paul McCartney, Thom Yorke, St. Vincent, Jackie Venson, DAYEATER and more at We have an amazing conversation about growing up in Monterrey and on the Texas border, growing up seeing metal and punk shows, his love of photography, shooting live sets at festivals and clubs and much more! I had a great time getting to know this sweet and talented man. I'm sure you will too. Have a safe and happy new year! Let's get down!
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Ciao - JG

Friday Jan 08, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well and getting ready for the weekend. i have a big show for you guys today. first up, i have a skype conversation with houston press writer, kristy loye! kristy wrote an article for the houston called, "rock and roll is dead, and even axl and slash can't save it". that really hit a nerve with people both with it and against it. go read it for yourself here . i reached out to kristy because i thought she touched on some important issues facing all musicians, how to make a living in an age where support for musicians (and artists in general) is becoming more scarce by the day. great conversation!!!on a completely different note, i also talk to french-pop artist, lou rebecca. lou is playing a show tonight, fri. 1/8 at the vulcan gas company in austin, tx. she moved here 6 months ago from paris, where she grew up the daughter of a pop singer mother and record producing father. she has an ep ready for release but has to figure out her deal with her french publishing company, sony. lou and her husband, daniel, a great photographer and director, came by last week and we had a great conversation. i hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as i did. let's get down!ciao! jg

Tuesday Nov 24, 2015

happy thanksgiving everyone! i hope you all have plenty to be thankful for. i'l be missing my family this thanksgiving, but i'll be with my girlfriend's family here in austin and that should be a good time. are you thinking of frying a turkey for thanksgiving? well, my pal, aj vallejo and i have a special thanksgiving edition of "cooking/drinking with johnny and aj" where fry a turkey cajun-style and teach you how to make this delicious and quick way to make your thanksgiving turkey go to our youtube page and learn how to make a fried turkey! i hope you all have a happy thanksgiving!my guests for this very special episode are heather alden, jennifer vocelka and kyle ellison from the SIMS foundation. for 20 years now, the SIMS foundation has provided support for austin musicians and their families. to find out more or just get involved go to  along with the KGSR "live broadcast # 23" release this friday, kyle ellison has produced "friends of SIMS" an album of some of austin's best artists playing some of their favorite covers including, charlie sexton, alejandro escovedo, doyle bramhall ll and many more. we have a great and insightful conversation about mental health care, how SIMS can help and much, much more. i'm thankful for the SIMS foundation. they were there for me when i needed them. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. happy thanksgiving! 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  

Episode 403: Ocean Of Stars

Tuesday Aug 11, 2015

Tuesday Aug 11, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all braving the extreme heat that is upon us. i'm doing well. just working on some music, booking a live podcast for sept. 9th (details coming soon), prepping for 3 podcasts i'm doing tomorrow etc. so, i listened to the american top 50 chart on spotify this morning while i was running. i probably heard about 15 to 20 songs on shuffle. i wasn't very moved by anything which made me kind of sad. then i realized that there is so much non-mainstream music out there, so much of it comes through this show. i'm really lucky to be in the position to have so much music coming through and getting turned on to so much stuff. it gives me hope. go find some new music. it feels guest for episode 403 is ocean of stars leader, danny grochow! this is danny's second time on the show. he was on a couple of years ago talking about some solo material he was releasing and now he's back with with a new e.p. from his band, ocean of stars. danny is a great guy who is out there playing bass and guitar as a sideman but still makes the time to write, record and perform his original instrumental-prog-rock. we have a great conversation about four track cassette recording, the rpm challenge, finding musicians, writing complex instrumental music, answering want ads and much, much more. i i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 376: A.J. Vincent

Friday May 08, 2015

Friday May 08, 2015

hello my friends! i hope you're all doing well. i just got some horrible news that there is an "allergy tsunami" coming. is that sensationalism or am i in trouble for the coming months and according to the news, coming years as well. yuk! i just got on flonase a month ago. it seems to be working. how do you control your allergies? my guest for episode 376 is one of austin's best, most innovative and entertaining musicians, a.j. vinent! he's just joined austin's hard rock heroes, scorpion child! you might also know aj from his time as the keyboard player for the bright light social hour, or from his insane solo shows. he's won best keyboard player in the austin chronicle music awards. he's got solo music out and it's awesome you can hear it at we have a fantastic conversation about  being born and raised in austin, cutting his teeth in a metal/hardcore/indie rock band in high school called, poor man's opera, hearing pink floyd, boston, led zeppelin and tower of power all in one day, we discuss our idea for "speedos" the woman's answer to "hooters", people buy him leslie cabinets, keyboards, joining scorpion child and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know aj. i sure did. let's get down!

Friday Feb 27, 2015

hello my friends! i hope you're all heading into the weekend with awesome plans. maybe you're going to see some music. maybe some music needs you to come see it. i say you look up your favorite local entertainment guide, be it online or even analog newsprint, find yourself a band to see. if you like them, buy their album, cd, download card, t-shirt, sweatshirt or any other merch they have. like their facebook page, follow them on twitter and instagram. what i'm saying is, get out there this weekend and see some music. if you like it, support it. get involved. my guest for episode 356 is the talented and always entertaining, tommy mack! tommy mack & the lifters have ben playing around for a while. they have a couple of rocking albums out. you can find them, their music and when they're playing at i've known tommy for over 20 years and we've been trying to do this podcast for the last two years. we finally got it together and had a great conversation about the hard rock scene in the 80's, the a.r.c. (austin rehearsal complex), the backroom, continental club and much, much more. i hope you enjoy my conversation with tommy mack. i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Dec 19, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all feeling festive for the season. well, it's almost christmas and i'm about half way done with my shopping. i'm stoked! i didn't start until today and i really hit a stride right out of the gate. i mean, in 45 minutes, i did half of my shopping. that is rad! if you're in austin tomorrow (sat. 12/20), skyrocket will be playing at the one-2-one bar. we go on about 10 or so. i read a great book. if you like books... "fire the pretty girl: awkward adventures in business" by john morton you can find it at bookstores or at i just read the book over the last couple of days because i had john on the show today. i'm so glad i read it. i loved it! look for our conversation in a couple of guest for episode 335 is "the attorney that rocks", david komie! if you live in austin or have come to austin over the last few years you've probably seen his billboards or commercials. david is a defense attorney here in austin, but he's also the frontman for the band, dharma kings. so, he does in fact, rock. i have wondered who david is since i started seeing him on tv. wondered what kind of guy he was. well, i found out. he's a really interesting, genuine and very nice guy with a fascinating story. we talk about growing poor in miami, going to college on a tennis scholarship, playing pro tennis, law school in the south, being a lawyer, starting a label, starting a band, being "attorney that rocks" and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know david. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 331: Clint Wells

Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

hello friends! i hope you all survived the thanksgiving holiday. i did. i went to houston on saturday and hung out with my family before i went to the house of blues for my skyrocket show. i'm off from skyrocket this week. i'm playing with mr. rocket baby on saturday (dec. 6th) at the one-2-one bar! tickets are still available at mr. rocket baby tix tonight, at 10:45 - 11:15 richard weiss from mr. rocket baby and i will be on KLBJ 93.7 here in austin. if you're not here and you want to hear it online, you can at guest for episode 331 is the extremely talented guitarist/songwriter, clint wells. clint lives in nashville and was in town a couple of weeks ago getting ready to go on tour with bob schneider. clint is a guitar player who's played with  bob schneider, mindy smith, DUGAS, laura bell bundy, matthew mayfeild, jesse baylin and many, many more. we had a great conversation about kiss, metal, touring, writing and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know clint. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

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