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Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

hello friends! i hope life is treating you well. things are good here. i got to play at an xtc tribute/SIMS benefit on friday night at strange brew lounge side. there was an amazingly well-rehearsed house band led by my pal jon green. there was a host of awesome singers that got up and threw down on the song they sang. i sang a song by the xtc alter-ego band, the dukes of stratosphear called, "collideascope". it was a very special night and i was honored to be a part of it. i played a benefit for big brothers and big sisters with skyrocket in houston on saturday. i actually did the intro for this show in my hotel room between soundcheck and the show. i hope you like it.my guest for episode 418 is musician/author/artist/actor and one of the coolest guys i know, jesse sublett! jesse has a fantastic new non-fiction book out called, "1960's austin gangsters: crime that rocked the capital". the book is about austin's seedy underworld and follows austin's notorious overton gang and all of the outrageous crimes and wild characters in their orbit. it's a fascinating story that takes you through brothels in south austin, bank robbing tours through small towns in the south and midwest, darrel k. royal's u.t. football program, the "dixie mafia", bugged jails and crooked sheriffs and much, much more. go to jesse's website for yourself! i loved this book and in our conversation, jesse takes us deeper into the lives of some of austin's most nefarious and colorful characters. i hope you enjoy this conversation as much as i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you being able to shut off the tractor beam on the death star so that you can rescue the princess and go home. i want to let you know that i have a show THIS thursday at the roost in north austin. i received a call last night from my friend that books the place and he said someone dropped out last minute and would i play on thursday at 8. so, i'm playing a solo acoustic show at the roost in north austin at 8 on thursday. come out and say hi to me. i want to also let you know that texas music water is the official water of "how did i get here?". dean wolfe from texas music water stops by the show today to quickly give us the background on texas music water and about the non-profits it supports like HAAM, SIMS, Anthropos Arts, Warrior Cry Music Project and more! find out where you can your texas music water at www.texasmusicwater.com "you hydrate. we donate"Episode 383 finds little brave back in the "hot seat". also known as stephanie macias, this is her second appearance on the show. this past april she put out and amazing new double cd, mythology. this album is absolutely gorgeous. going between electronic pulses and totally organic solo ukelele performances. i urge you to not only buy this album, but go to littlebravemusic.com and buy a physical copy. stephanie stephanie made such a beautiful package that also comes with a beautiful booklet. artists like little brave give me hope. she is a creative force to be reckoned with and we have a great conversation about everything from eating right to designing the gorgeous packing for mythology and everything in between. as always, i had a great time getting to know little brave again. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 381: Mark Proct

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Tuesday May 26, 2015

hello friends! i hope you all had a good memorial day weekend. there was crazy rain, flooding and general old-testament-style devastation here in austin. i want to tell you guys about some solo shows i have coming up this week. tonight, tuesday, may 26th i'll be playing at the volstead in austin. i'll be playing at 10 right after last friday's guest, the big fix and right before one of my favorite people, kayce laine from nyc. thursday, may 28th, i'll be playing at 502 bar in san antonio at 9pm opening for one of my best friends, joseph king from nyc. and friday, 5/29, SKYROCKET! will be rocking hanover's in pflugerville at 10 pm. my guest for episode 381 is music business veteran, mark proct! mark shares his journey through 40 years in this business working as a roadie, soundman, tour manager, manager and everything in between with the likes of willie nelson, asleep at the wheel, jerry jeff walker, the fabulous thunderbirds, stevie ray vaughan, the vaughan brothers, the arc angels, storyville, vallejo and more. that whole time, mark had a camera and was documenting his exciting trip with all of these legendary musicians and has just put out an amazing and gorgeous book, "home today gone tomorrow", which is a collection of candid photos and stories spanning a 40 year career in this crazy business. mark and i sat down last week and went through the book and his life for 2 whole hours and here it is. i hope you enjoy it. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Tuesday Mar 17, 2015

congratulations to our sponsor, strange brew loungeside for taking "best venue to play", "best club sound" and "best live music venue" in the 2014/2015 austin music poll!hello friends! welcome to the first sxsw show of the season. on sunday, march 15th i got to go to the beats delicious festival at the stonehouse villa in driftwood, texas! i got to watch and talk to wild adriatic, angela perley & the howlin' moons, topher mohr and skinny lister. my friend amy and her crew at beats delicious pulled together a great festival showcasing all these great bands from all over, with local vendors promoting all their wares from make-overs to photo booths, a gin and juice bar, local brewries, food and more. the stonehouse villa was a gorgeous location and we got to do our interviews in the bridal suite. i was joined by kristi olberding who shot some gorgeous photos which i will post on our facebook page. if you'd like to see kristi's work, check out her website www.kristiolberding.com i hope you enjoy my conversations with these great bands as much as i did. i had a blast at the festival and i'm looking forward to next year. thanks beats delicious! let's get down!ciao! -jgwildadriatic.comangelaperley.comtophermohr.comskinnylister.com

Episode 304: Joe Salinas

Friday Aug 29, 2014

Friday Aug 29, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're doing well. hanging in there while facing summer's last stand. big labor day plans? i'll be playing like crazy. skyrocket played last night at steiner ranch steakhouse, we play tonight at hanover's in pflugerville, tomorrow, house of blues houston then sunday afternoon, i play a solo set back in austin at joe's crab shack for balcony tv. if you'd like to see the solo show on sunday, just come on down to joe's crab shack at 3 pm. the show is free. my friend, jazz mills is gonna join me for a couple of songs. i love her. sunday funday. do it!my guest for episode 304 is director/cinematographer/actor/musician, joe salinas! i met joe a coupe of years ago at a comedy show here in austin and since then, i've seen him around and seen tons of videos he's made posted on facebook and twitter. videos by mineral, zookeeper, alejandro escovedo, jason blum and many more. joe came by earlier this week and we chatted about working his way up the texas prison guard system, being in bands, being in "machete kills", making music, making videos mystical mountain trips with alejandro escovedo and much, much more. i'm glad we got together and got to know each other a little better. i hope you enjoy getting to know joe. 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

Tuesday Jul 29, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i'm good. i'm up early, about to go running before it gets to 100 degrees. zuri and i had a great time last night. we went to dinner at some old friends' house for dinner. i saw other old friends. it was so fun. it made me realize that people need to have more dinner parties. it's nice to see old friends and it's nice to have a get together outside of a performance place or a bar. i'd like to thank adam and christy for the lovely dinner and amazing hang. if you're in austin tonight, tuesday, july 29th 2014, come out to strange brew. i'll be opening for the great steve poltz tonight instead of the regular residency show. come out! steve is amazing!my guest for episode 295 is photographer, christopher durst! i met chris a couple of months ago at a photo shoot for "music and mutts". i knew his work and seen a bunch of it online and was a fan already, but getting to know him has been a real pleasure. he's a class act. he's shot everyone from willie nelson to jane's addiction, traveled the world with bands and shot festivals around the world. his experience has been genuinely exciting because he's a real artist and he gets into the heart and soul of his subjects and brings that out in the some of the most beautiful visuals i've seen in a long time. the guy is a true talent. today he's launching a new company, music imagery inc.! it's a revolutionary business model set up to help musicians get the best images without having to pay out of pocket. find out more at christopherdurst.com i had a great time getting to know christopher. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Monday Mar 24, 2014

hello beautiful people! i hope the world is treating you right today. things are good here. i'm up early this morning getting my shit together to go to dallas in a couple of hours for a gig with some friends in the song division group. we'll be heading right back after we finish tonight. it's gonna be a long day, but it's a good time with some good friends. i fell on my thumb the other night. it's not broken, but it's swollen, purple and sore. i've got it in a brace. it's weird but i can still type. look out people! i've got something to say.episode 258 is up and it's a double-header! first up is bp fallon. his career in the music business started with interviewing john and yoko during their bed-in in amsterdam, he then became the "weed tester" for paul mccartney, was the publicist for t-rex, led zeppelin, thin lizzy and more, he's a dj, a best selling author, a photographer and much, much more. last year, with his band, bp fallon and the bandits, he released, still legal. an amazing album with a star-studded band. we caught up during sxsw and had a great chat about it all. our second conversation is with new york's trumpeter swan. songwriter, drew patrizi and producer/guitarist, tom beaujor stopped by my apartment during sxsw and we had a great talk about their new album, the magnitude of now and how they made it. we also talked about how they're navigating this new music business as musicians, songwriters and producers. i had a great time getting to know all of these guys. i bet you will too. ciao! -jg

Episode 234: Vincent Ambrosone

Tuesday Dec 31, 2013

Tuesday Dec 31, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!hello friends! i hope you have a safe & happy new year and an incredible 2014! i would like to thank you all for listening. 2013 has been a great year for the show and i can't wait to see what 2014 brings. do you want to now what i'm doing for new year? i'm playing at rockefeller hall in houston tonight with SKYROCKET! it's our big new years eve show. i've   made some resolutions for 2014, 1. write more songs. 2. quit the smoking 3. eat better... i can do it. hey! i'm playing a solo show on thursday, january 2nd at strange brew in austin, tx. i play early, at 6:30. i'm serious. 6:30 - 7:30. if you're in austin, come out and let me entertain you.  my guest for episode 234 is drummer/glass artist/photographer, vincent ambrosone. i haven't known vinnie very long, but we've become pals over the last couple of years. i like his playing a lot, he's very funny and he's a really nice guy. i knew he was playing a lot with the bleu edmonson band, but i learned a lot through this entertaining conversation. we talked about his hatred of kanye, growing up in corning, ny, being the youngest of 8 kids, documentaries, how he became a glass artist, what brough him to austin and muc, much more. i hope enjoy getting to know vinnie. i did. happy new year!

Episode 223: Little Brave

Friday Nov 22, 2013

Friday Nov 22, 2013

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. today we add another chapter to my rat saga. i woke up to the faint stench of death in my kitchen. i went to the office of my apartments and told them and they sent someone over right away and they found the departed rat fink under the dishwasher. i'm glad they got it. hopefully, it's the last one. anyway, i'm getting my shit together to go to san antonio today (friday, 11/22/13) SKYROCKET! is playing at sam's burger joint music hall tonight. should be a good time. i'll be seeing former guest, chris taylor and he's bringing me a new painting he did of me. i'm looking forward to seeing that! san antonio, here we come!my guest for episode 223 is extremely talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter stephanie briggs a.k.a, little brave! she's currently working on her third album as little brave and has a kickstarter campaign that goes until december 4th.here's a link, little brave kickstarter. if you like what you hear, you should kick her some cash and help her see her vision through. anyway, i reached out to stephanie because i liked what i heard of her music and what i saw of her performances. she came by and we talked about looping instruments live, having hits in qatar, playing all of the instruments yourself while recording, working with matt novesky, her her journey as a solo artist and much, much more! i hope you enjoy our conversation. i did. and remember, if you like what you hear, give her some money to finish her album. she's definitely deserving of it.ciao! -jg

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