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Episode 529: Reckless Kelly

Friday Sep 30, 2016

Friday Sep 30, 2016

Hey gang! I hope you've all had a great week. Things are going well here. Heading out to Houston to spend some time with my grandmother. She's 94 now. We're very, very close, so i'm trying to spend as much time with her as i can. SKYROCKET! will be playing in Houston tonight at The Continental Club. People were saying it's sold out. As of last night, it was not, so if you live in Houston, come out tonight Friday 9/30 and party with us! I'll be going to ACL Festival this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes on Tuesday's show. 
My guest for episode 529 is the amazing Cody Braun from Reckless Kelly! For 20 years Reckless Kelly has been making amazing americana music and touring the country relentlessly. They've just released their 11th album, the stunning, Sunset Motel. The album is a gorgeous example of a band taking a sound and running with it and 20 years down the road, there's amazing growth and depth beyond what they even expected. Cody and I have a great conversation about growing up in Idaho, playing in his dad's band with his brothers, moving to Austin and starting Reckless Kelly, their experiences with releasing albums and touring the U.S. for 20 years, the importance of art in everything from writing songs to album packaging, making Sunset Motel and much, much more. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Cody as much as I did. Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Episode 452: Love & Chaos

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're easing into 2016 in style and with grace. it's been a lazy year so far... i didn't do much this weekend except clean up, make some food, go to the grocery store, eat and watch movies. zuri and i watched a cool show called, "the man in the high castle" on amazon. it's about the world if the axis powers had won world war 2 and divided the country on ha;f be tween the japanese and the nazis. i recommend it. it's "free week" in austin, so of you're in town, get out and see some music. i'll be at the volstead in austin tonight (tues 1/5) opening for my friend and former band mate, nathan harlan. we start at 9. come out!my guests for episode 452 are kendall beard and aj vallejo from the band, love & chaos! they just released their self-titled debut e.p. on friday. they're playing a record release show on jan 14th at the saxon pub here in austin. you can find out where and when they're playing by going to kendall and aj are great friends of mine and we have a great conversation about the new ep, writing songs together, new babies, how music is distributed, making videos and much, much more! i hope you enjoy getting to know kendall and aj. they're two of my favorite people and i bet they'll be two of yours too when you finish this podcast. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 448: The Trishas

Tuesday Dec 22, 2015

Tuesday Dec 22, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i should be doing well. i'm spending the christmas week with my family in houston and these shows have all been lade in advance and i'm taking a legitimate week off from my work. i don't do that much. some weeks are slow with skyrocket, solo stuff or the podcast, but i never really just "unplug" for a week and not do any work. i'm looking forward to this break. hopefully, i'm enjoying it. my guests for episode 448 are americana darlings, the trishas! yes. i know they're not currently "super-active" as a band, but i have been trying to get them on the show since i started it. luckily they were playing some shows in new york, south texas and austin a few weeks ago and i got them to stop by bright and early one morning after a show. it was even more fun and hilarious than i imagined it would be. these are some of the most talented, hard working, prolific artists i know. they're also the most entertaining group of people to be around. i hope they work together more simply because something magical happens when they're together. i hope you enjoy my morning with the trishas as much as i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Monday Oct 19, 2015

hello friends! i hope you all had a great weekend. we have three shows again this week. i've had a lot of guests lately and i've gotta get some out to make room for more new ones. i had a great weekend. i played thursday-saturday with skyrocket and spent sunday hanging with zuri, having brunch with my old friend, alexandra, hanging out with my dogs and gong to antone's records for an afternoon in store performance by my old pal, joe king carrasco. busy weekend! hey! if you listen to the radio, i'll be on KOOP 91.7 having a roundtable discussion about the state of the music scene from 1pm -2pm. you can hear it online too. my guest for episode 426 is singer/songwriter, craig marshall! craig just released his new album, after all, his second country flavored album produced by cotton mather/future clouds and radar frontman, robert harrison. he has a special release show coming up this sunday, 10/25 at 6 pm at strange brew loungeside here in austin. if you don't live in austin, you can find out where you can find after all and find out all about craig marshall by going to i had a great time catching up with craig, i hope you guys enjoy it too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Tuesday May 19, 2015

hello and welcome to this unique episode of "how did i get here?". a few weeks ago i went to visit suzanna choffel and her new baby, lulu. we got to talking about continuing to rock once you've entered motherhood. wondering how you balance being an performing/touring/creative artist and a mother... well, we decided to turn it into a podcast. i asked suzanna to put together a group of women she sees as her support team and to co-host the show. we have a wonderful group of extremely talented mothers. savanna welch, jazz mill, raina rose and elizabeth mcqueen share their experiences as moms that rock. we get a great insight into the writing/recording/touring/backstage life with a child. my thanks to suzanna and lulu for putting together the panel of guests and co-hosting. thanks to raina and benny, savanna, elizabeth and jazz. we had a great conversation, passed babies around and laughed. i hope you enjoy our chat. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Nov 07, 2014

hello friends! i hope everyone survived election day. i did. i had a good parking/short line scene at my voting place. i'm glad those nasty commercials are off tv. although, i will say, i'm gonna miss greg abbott's mother in law. she seems nice. i want to let you know that i will be on the koop radio 91.7 on saturday from 3-4pm playing some songs and chatting with with rush evans. check it out. i'm sure you can hear it on line. on this episode i check in with mike flanigin on the phone. he's got a kickstarter campaign for his ultra-personal, start-studded album, "the drifter". i am a huge fan of mike's, he's an amazing talent and he's got billy gibbons, alejandro escovedo, gary clark jr., kat edmonson and many more on this album. he's got a little under a month left on his campaign. so go to watch his promo movie and donate. let's help mike get this album out!my guest for episode 324 is singer/songwriter, cody bryan! i met cody a few weeks ago when we were both guests on a podcast here in austin. i checked out his music, i thought he was cool and i invited him over for a conversation. he came over and we talked about his new album, wreck me, working with matt novesky, what's up with country music, nashville country vs. texas country, growing up with cool supportive parents, having your dad play bass with you and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know cody. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Sep 26, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all accepting the entrance of fall like a female minx during mating season. i am. i have enjoyed the cool weather like nobody's business. i just got home from a gig at steiner ranch with skyrocket. it was really fun. my old friend, dan, came out. we've been buddies since 4th grade. what a great guy. anyway, good times were had. jams were jammed. if you live in austin, we'll be at the roost tomorrow, saturday, 9/27. come out. it's a guest for episode 312 is legendary singer/songwriter, jimmy lafave! i've seen jimmy play and heard his music for the last 22 years. i have always loved his voice and his songs so much. i finally asked to come on the show. mostly, so i could get to know him better. i'm glad i did. we had a great conversation about oklahoma, the red dirt scene, weird record deals, starting a label, owning a studio, touring europe and much,  much more. you're gonna like getting to know jimmy lave. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Sep 19, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all "in it" this weekend for summer's last stand. yes, this weekend marks the last weekend of summer. fall starts next week and honestly, i'm ready for fall. my morning runs have been hot and humid festivals of sweat. i'm ready for cool, nice fall morning runs. hey! if you live in austin, today, friday, sept 19th 2014 is "danny crooks day"! no shit! my old friend is being honored by the city for his contributions to the music community. there's a party at the roost at 7 with the showing of a documentary and TONS of bands. i'll be playing some songs at 8. if you went to, or played at steamboat, you should come out and say hi to danny. it's gonna be a great show. i'll be coming back into town to play with skyrocket at 10:30 at the one-2-one bar. we don't do too many shows in the city limits... you should come out. do it!!!!my guest for episode 310 is amazing guitar player/singer/songwriter, will knaak! will making his second appearance on the show. he's just released his first solo album, the only open road and it's awesome! the album was produced by guitar hero, jeff plankenhorn and features brannen temple on drums and yoggi on bass. it's a pretty impressive debut album. you might know will as being a sideman for many country bands here in texas. he spends a lot of time on tour and has pretty much his whole life. he started out playing young and was out playing professionally when he was 12 years old! we have a great conversation about his journey, the courage it takes to make the step from sideman to frontman and the delicate balance, touring, working with jeff and much, much more. i am a huge fan of will's both as a player and as a person. you will be too after our conversation. lrt's get down!ciao! -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

Episode 291: Charlie Mars

Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

hello friends! i hope your summer is filled with summer fun! it's about to be really be summer for me. in a couple of weeks, SKYROCKET! will be off for three weeks. i know. the band is always going, but we're actually taking a break. i'll still be playing tuesdays at strange brew. i'm going to the beach for the first few days and of course i'll be doing some podcasting, but i'm going to be doing some writing and recording as well. i played strange brew last night with aj vallejo and kendall beard. it was a fun show! i'm looking forward to playing next tuesday with salim nourallah and jason blum. come out!my guest for episode 291 is singer/songwriter, charlie mars! i met charlie about a decade ago when we were on the same tour. you might know him from his tours with r.e.m., the dixie chicks, bob schneider, or his song "listen to the darkside" which features mary louise parker in the video or his relelntless solo touring. anyway, charlie was in town doing some shows a few weeks ago. i went over to our mutual friend, andy's house and talked about growing up a misfit in mississippi, finding himself through music, making albums, touring working with tchad blake, jim scott and billy harvey determination to be the best and much, much more. his amazing new album, the money, comes out october 14th 2014. i had a good time getting to know charlie. you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

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