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Episode 616: Finlay

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. My guest for episode 616 is pop singer and songwriter, Finlay! Finlay's latest single, "Tides" released in March, has been played over 129,000 on Spotify alone. "Tides" is is only her second single. Her first single, "Always There" was released in November. you can find music, videos and more at So in the last 9 Months, Finlay has released 2 singles, gotten over 140,000 plays on both combined on Spotify, secured major management, was picked as one of NPR's "100 Artists To Watch at SXSW 2017", she was Austin Music Foundation's Artist of the Month for July and a lot more. You might be asking yourself, "How does she do it?". Well, Finlay and I have a great conversation about growing up in Houston, learning piano at a young age, going to college in L.A., surviving a deadly shark attack in 2012, returning to the ocean and comitting her life to music, making music with her husband and much, much more! I had a great time getting to know Paige Finlay. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!
ciao! -jg

Friday Feb 19, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you happy and healthy. the weather has been amazing this week in austin. i've been walking to meetings, walking around outside, driving around, washing my car and doing anything i can to be outside. do you guys do that? when it's nice outside, you just walk around and enjoy the weather. we have a big show for you today, film maker/actor, john valley is here, but before we get to john, i have a quick chat with argentinian rocker, valerio rinaldi who is currently on tour in the u.s. he'll be fralo's in san antonio tomorrow, saturday 2/20 and at the blackerby recital hall in austin, tx on sunday 2/21. we have a great chat about his current tour, touring south america, rock en español and more! get out and check him out. you can find his music here, valerio on guest for episode 465 is film maker/actor, john valley! you might know john from his sweet spirit videos "baby when i close my eyes" and "baby doll". when i saw those videos back in january, i really wanted to meet him and talk to him on the show because i figured anyone with that kind of imagination would make a fantastic show. well, it did! john and i had a great conversation about growing up in iowa, making films as a kid, acting, interning for terrence malick, collaborating with sweet spirit and much, much more! i suggest you check out his work on his vimeo page to get an idea of his work. it's brilliant! let's get down!

Episode 417: Chip Pope

Friday Sep 25, 2015

Friday Sep 25, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all out there doing it until you need glasses. things are good here. i wrote a really good song with my pal, gabe rhodes today and i'm writing a song with my old music partner, einar tomorrow. i'm getting into a writing rhythm which i hope will get me out of my "writing funk". i feel like i've been doing false starts musically for the last couple of years. now, i'm just gonna write a bunch of songs and figure it out as i go. wish me luck. my guest for episode 417 is hilarious, writer/comic, chip pope! chip lives in los angeles but was in town a month ago doing some stand-up and visiting family. i saw him do stand up a couple of years ago at a festival and laughed my ass off. we have a few mutual friends and for some reason i feel like i met him when he lived here. anyway, chip came by while he was in town and we talked about writing for ellen, roseanne, the beavis and butthead reprise a couple of years ago, natasha leggero's latest comedy central special, a new comedy/history show for nat geo coming soon, his whacky family, new romantic 80's bands and singers and much, much more. i had a great tome getting to know chip. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Oct 10, 2014

hello friends! this episode is coming to you robotically. i don't trust hotel internet to be strong enough to upload my podcasts, so i did this a few days ago before i left town to play some fly-out shows. wednesday, i went to scottsdale arizona for a show and yesterday flew to houston for a show. when you're listening to this, i'm probably on my way back to austin with SKYROCKET!. see, we flew out of austin to scottsdale and played a show on rented gear. then thursday, while we flew to houston, our crew dudes drove our gear from austin to houston. now it's friday, we're heading home. our cars are at the airport and we don't have a gig tonight. we'll be playing the one-2-one bar here in austin tomorrow, sat, oct 11th, for an acl after party. come out and join the lunatics. :)my guests for episode 316 are two hilarious comics here in austin, avery moore and ryan cownie!!! i saw them both a few weeks ago at a charlie hodge show at cap city and i invited them down to chat. ryan was on a couple of years ago after i first saw him and i've since seen and hung out with him a lot. he's one of my favorite comics in this scene. the hodge show was the first time i ever saw avery but man she is sooo funny. anyway, they came over a couple of weeks ago on a sunday, we dranks some beers and shot the shit. here it is. my conversation with the very funny avery moore and ryan cownie! let's get down!ciao! -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 i had a great time getting to know christopher. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Jul 25, 2014

hello my friends! i hope you're hitting your summer stride. maybe you've had a vacation or gone to the movies or found the right pool with the right pool guests. indoors or out, beating them or joining them, i hope the summer is yours. the summer of YOU! i haven't truly taken advantage of summer. i've only gone swimming once, no pool parties, just announced my summer jam last week. well, i'm making up for it next week. on august 1st, i'm heading out to the beach for "beach weekend 2014"! yes. i'm going to galveston to stay in a beach house with my family for a few days. they're gonna meet my girlfriend, zuri. zuri's gonna meet them... it's all going down next week. i can't wait!my guest for episode 294 is martin theophilus from the museum of magnetic sound recording! yes. i said the museum of magnetic sound recording. have a look for yourself MOMSR.ORG. i saw martin on the news last saturday morning talking about the museum and how they've started an indiegogo campaign to get some storage because martin and his wife, chris, house over 180 tape machines and hundreds of microphones in their home. anyway, i looked them up, reached out to them and martin and chris came over to tell me what the museum is about and what they need to make this dream a reality. i would love to have this museum in austin. i would go there all the time. i know a lot of my engineer, producer and audio-nerd friends would absolutely LOVE it too. i had a great time talking to martin and getting to know about the museum. i'm going to look at their collection soon. i'll post pictures on the facebook page. i hope enjoy my conversation with martin. 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

Friday Jun 13, 2014

hello friends of the american bald eagle! i hope you are all happy, healthy and sexually satisfied citizens of earth. i am good. i went on the new boardwalk that opened behind my apt. it's fucking amazing! i love not having to run on streets or sidewalks next to streets. it's all very luxurious. i want to remind you guys that we're doing a live podcast recoding this tuesday, june 17th at strange brew in austin, tx. my guests will be the hilarious charlie hodge, amazing singer/songwriter, graham wilkinson and one of america's premier dance/rock bands, sphynx! the festivities start at 8 pm. here's some info  come out and get involved with the show!my guest for episode 282 is one of my favorite songwriters/singers/musicians/producers/actors/friends/poets/funny people, billy harvey!!!!! billy and i have been friends for almost 20 years. he's one of the most all-around talented people i know and a great hang. he was in town on tour with salim nourallah and alex dezen and stooped by for a chat. we talked about his newest album in the works, dear danger, playing with katy sagal on "the sons of anarchy" tour, his collaboration with louise goffin, producing, acting, growing a beard, getting off facebook and much, much more. i totally love billy and by the end of our conversation, you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 281: Ashley Monical

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all well. i just got back from new york yesterday and i feel like crap. i think i have some sort of summer cold or just full-blown city exhaustion. i had a great time out there. played a couple of shows with SKYROCKET!, saw a bunch of friends, did a podcast, walked about 80,000 miles, stayed in the nice part of town and stayed in the ghetto... i had the city experience without ever even getting in a subway. hey! we have a live podcast recoding coming up THIS tuesday, june 17th, 2014 at 8 pm at strange brew in austin, tx. my guest will be, funnyman, charlie hodge, amazing singer/songwriter, graham wilkinson and one of my favorite bands around, sphynx! all of these folks have been on the show and are incredibly entertaining. you should come out, get involved and be a part of "how did i get here?".my guest for episode 281 is the talented and entertaining, ashley monical! i saw a video of ashley's on facebook and i thought it was so good, that i asked her to come on the show and tell me her story. well, it turns out, it's a great story about world travel, following a dream she had since she was a child, american idol, making music, writing songs, making records and finding her unique and beautiful voice on her own. i really enjoyed getting to know ashley. i'm sure you will too. ciao! -jg

Friday Jun 06, 2014

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i am getting it together to leave to new york at 6 am for a couple of shows with SKYROCKET! and while i'm there, i'll be doing a couple of podcasts which you'll be hearing soon. anyway, if you're in nyc, come out to the hill country bar b que in manhattan and see SKYROCKET! saturday, june 7th at 9pm. also, while i'm on the promo train, come out to strange brew in austin, tx on tuesday june 17th where we will be recording a live "how did i get here? podcast with our very special guests, funny man charlie hodge, singer/songwriter graham wilkinson and the amazing band, sphynx! there's no cover and a good time will be had by all. speaking of live podcasts from strange guests for episode 280 "live at strange brew 2" are trish murphy, jazz mills, elizabeth mcqueen and suzanna choffel! we did this live this past tuesday and we had a blast. we heard a childhood radio recording from trish and her siblings from when she was 5 years old, we found out jazz mill has gotten into managing bands, we found out that elizabeth mcqueen has started several bands and we found out that suzanna choffel made her pledge music video with my ex-wife. awkward? listen and find out as i get to the bottom of things like "frenemies" etc. we had a great time. thanks to everyone who came out and thank you to the ladies for making this a great conversation. let's get down!ciao! -jg

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