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Tuesday Nov 10, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i had a crazy weekend of shows. hey! speaking of shows, i'm playing a solo show next tuesday, november 17th at the townsend. the show starts at 8 and i go on at 9. there will be a special guest playing from 8-9. i'll post a link on our facebook page when i have all the details. i'm looking for an old drum machine that's reasonably priced and is from the 70's. do you know of one. write me on our facebook page. my guest for episode 434 is the voice of KUTX 98.9 fm in austin, laurie gallardo! this is laurie's second time on the show. we sat down a month or so ago and caught up on her various endeavors including her d.j. shift on KUTX 98.9 monday-thursday 8-11pm, her support of local music and touring bands with her "austin music minute" heard daily on KUTX and "the good music club" which can be found at thegoodmusicclub.com/ and much, much more! laurie has been a great friend and tireless supporter of the podcast and my music career. i have a genuine respect for her. i see her out at a lot of shows and music functions. she's definitely an important part of this crazy austin music scene. i hope you enjoy our conversation as much as i did. let's get down! ciao! -jg

Episode 430: Frank Turner

Friday Oct 30, 2015

Friday Oct 30, 2015

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you prepared to "fall back" this year. yes! it's time to set your clocks back an hour. plus, it's halloween. if you live in austin and don't have halloween plans, my band, skyrocket, will be playing at cedar street courtyard. we'll be playing around 9:30 or 10. dress up and come out and play. a couple of more announcements as well... sunday, nov. 1st from 4-10pm is jumperfest at the volstead and hotel vegas. there will be tons of bands and artists playing including myself with all proceeds going to the national motorcycle safety fund. click HERE for more info on the event. my guest for episode 430 is the amazing singer/songwriter, frank turner! frank was in austin on tour this week in support of his new album, positive songs for negative people. he's been on tour of the u.s. for over a month with plans to return a lot in the new year. anyway, i met up with frank backstage  at emo's in austin, tx before his instore at waterloo and his show later that night at emo's. frank and i had a fantastic conversation about record stores, the punk ethos, touring the u.s. and much, much more. i had the pleasure of getting to see his solo instore at waterloo and full-band emo's show with his band, the sleeping souls. both shows were amazing and intense. if he comes to a town near you, go see him! i hope you enjoy getting to know frank 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 craigmarshall.com i had a great time catching up with craig, i hope you guys enjoy it too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

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

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 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 https://www.austinfilm.org/decline 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! factory.my 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 petersonbrothersband.com let's get down!ciao! -jg  

Episode 393: Billy Harvey #3

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all getting it back together after the 4th of july weekend of insanity. i had a great weekend. i got to play a lot. i played on thursday at the grand opening of the townsend, a new club in downtown austin. i played some songs by myself then i had today's guest, billy harvey sit in on some songs and i played with the bluebonnets. great time. then friday i played at stubb's with amy edwards and i got to play some songs with the bluebonnets again. look for our new band which we've renamed, ladyband johnson. then sunday, night i played at the william harries graham guitar pull at the continental club gallery with william, noelle hampton and nathan hamilton. great time was had by all. my guest for episode 393 is the amazing billy harvey! billy has a gorgeous new album the comes out this friday, july 10th, called, dear danger. dear danger is my favorite album so far this year. billy is an incredible songwriter that just keeps surprising you with his amazing depth both musically and lyrically. this is billy's third time on the show. on this episode we cover some different topics than before, reading glasses, kickstarter rewards, getting over bullshit as you get older, touring with patty griffin, his new album, what to do with your anger, dear danger and where it came from and much, much more. he's one of the deepest, most talented and funniest people i know and i love him. i hope you enjoy this conversation as much as i did. let's get down! ciao! -jg

Episode 371: Amy Edwards

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all having a fantastic spring experience. i am. today is gorgeous here in austin, tx and i have the windows open and i am letting spring into my apartment, i'm doing some spring cleaning, i'm listening to records i bought on record store day. if you want to see my score on record store day, photos of upcoming guests or get updates on past guests, simply "like" our facebook page and you will be kept up to date on all things "how did i get here?" our guest for episode 371 is musician, radio personality, actor, blogger, wife and mom, amy edwards! amy and i played a show a while back, i thought she was great and i invited her on the podcast. after hearing her music and knowing part of her story, i thought it would be a great conversation with this fearless, creative, soulful, rocker. amy is new to playing music, she didn't start til she was 38. we have a great conversation about how she turned a group of moms learning to be rockstars over wine once a week into playing at the playboy mansion, making records and starting a legitimate solo career all while being a radio personality, blogger, wife and mom. amy is an incredibly strong and interesting woman. i had a great time getting to know her. i'm sure you will too. let's get down! ciao! -jg

Episode 340: Dwight Twilley

Tuesday Jan 06, 2015

Tuesday Jan 06, 2015

hello friends! i have been sick since new years day. i'm feeling a bit better today. still not 100% but i was out for four days. wow! anyway, i'm totally fucking stir crazy. i need to do something. i know i have elias haslanger coming over tomorrow. i'll be really excited to see him as he will be the first person i have had contact with since jake came by to check on me last friday. look out eli! anyway, i'm playing with skyrocket this friday at the one-2-one bar here in austin, tx. also free week is going on. i'd like to get out and see some new music this week. maybe i'll be up to it tomorrow or thursday. any suggestions?my guest for episode 340 is power pop legend, dwight twilley! i have been a fan of dwight's since i was 15 and i heard the song, "girls". over the years, i've gone back to through his catalog and my power pop friends and i have kept up with him over the years and remained fans. he has an amazing new album, always that's available on his website, dwighttwilley.com and itunes and spotify etc. we had a great phone conversation about everything from the making of always, making music in his studio on his own terms, his burgeoning art career, "solid gold" vs. "dance fever" and much more! i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 338: John Morton

Tuesday Dec 30, 2014

Tuesday Dec 30, 2014

hello friends! we are coming to the end of 2014. i hope you're all ready to enter another year and leave, what was a pretty weird year, behind. i am. 2014 was a great year for this podcast. in the last 4 months our subscribers have grown by 10,000 downloads per month! that's our biggest growth yet! thank you so much for making this show such a great part of my life. i feel like i can talk to you guys about my life. it makes me feel better. talking to these guests has made me feel so much better about life and music. so, thank you for another great year of "how did i get here?". i look forward to what we can do in 2015. happy new year! let's get down!!!!my guest for episode is speechwriter/comic/author, john morton! john has just released two books, fire the pretty girl: awkward adventures in business and the elephant on 6th street. he's been a corporate speech writer for over 25 years and wrote speeches for c.e.o.'s of american airlines for 20. i read his book, fire the pretty girl. it is fantastic. he's a great writer, he tells his life story with a sense of humor and self-deprecating honesty that makes it hard to put the book down. my friend, lucas molandes told me about him and i'm so glad we met. i hope you enjoy getting to know my new friend, john morton. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

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