Friday May 24, 2013

Episode 174: The Venus Illuminato

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you happy and healthy. things are going well here in my life. i've been laying low this week. i had some dental work done earlier this week and i've just been recuperating. i've done quite a few podcasts, i've played guitar and piano, listened to an audiobook ("hollywood animal" by joe eszterhas) and watched a couple of movies. i've also booked some shows. i have a solo acoustic show next wednesday, may 29th at 10pm at the saxon pub in austin, tx. if you're in austin, come out and i'll sing you songs and tell you stories. it's fun. also, i have some big news we have a live "how did i get here?" recording coming up on wednesday, june 19th at 7 pm at strange brew. i've reached out to some folks and and so far jazz mills, nakia and the boxing lesson are confirmed!!! i'm very excited about this. i hope that if you're in austin, you'll come out and join the party! my guest for episode 174 is the talented, entertaining and eccentric frontman from the venus illuminato, rob franco. rob is a modern renaissance man, he's a musician, actor and vegan food truck owner. rob is also very handsome. i've been friends with rob for around a decade. at some point like 8 years ago, i produced an album for his old band, dragonfly jones. i've always found him to be incredibly entertaining. always "on" and very funny. he's also a very talented singer and songwriter with an adventurous soul. rob came by the apartment last week and we talked about growing up in small town texas, going to new york, acting, traveling, kung fu, living in a tee pee, fighting monkeys, los angeles, food trucks and much, much more. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. ciao! -jg

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