Episode 59: Bevis Griffin

today's episode is sponsored by: urban squared realty

i'm coming to you from houston today. isn't that exciting? i'm here with SKYROCKET! playing some private events. it seems like we come here a lot... mostly because we come here a lot. somehow we have plugged into the private party/fund raising/wedding scene, which is awesome because those are the best paying shows. last night we played a grits-themed gourmet food party cancer fund-raiser called, "kiss my grits". sunday, april, 8th, i'll be playing a solo show in austin at hotel vegas. i play at 7 pm and i'm opening for danny malone, who plays at 8. oh! hey! if you like this podcast and you'll be in austin on sunday april 29th at 7 pm, come to hotel vegas for a live recording of "how did i get here?"! my guest will be danny malone. we'll know next week if there will be any other guests.... why don't you just follow us on facebook .

my guest for episode 59 is an extremely interesting and talented man, mr. bevis griffin. this is the longest conversation yet. honestly, when it was going on, it didn't feel long because i was enjoying bevis and his story so much. he's lead an extremely rich life from his father's barber shop in 1960's, pre-riot, watts in los angeles which also doubled as an illegal gambling place, the shop was on the same block as the renowned R&B nightclub “The Five-Four Ballroom” (located on the corner of 54 th St. & Broadway Blvd.) where many of greatest black entertainers, such as B.B. King, Ike Turner, and Bobby Bland often played, to 70's punk rock, to hard rock and the black rock coalition to becoming an entrepreneur, nurturing other rock acts. he's been around, and a part of, a lot of rock and roll history and he is a great story teller. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i did.

ciao! jg


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  • Robert George

    I hope you understand when I say that I could sit down with a few beers and joints and talk and listen to Bevis for hours on end. What an amazing story and journey. As much as he shared, I just have this feeling that there is so much more there. He has lived several lives in his lifetime and I feel so privileged to have been able to eaves drop on your intimate conversation. This didn’t feel so much like an interview as it did a podcast version on “inside the (actors) studio”

    Thanks so much Johnny for doing this one.

    Apr 19, 2012 at 6:05 am
  • howdidigethere

    wow!!! you made it! i liked this one too. i know it’s long, but that’s the beauty of this thing… thanks again robert!

    Apr 19, 2012 at 7:17 am
  • Robert George

    Hey Johnny I forgot to say that I always loved Phil Lynott (Phillo) and to me he seemed like such a cool dude. I told my wife about how Bevis house sat for him and she was blown away. As much as I’ve always loved him, she puts me to shame with her admiration.

    Just wanted to add that in man



    Apr 24, 2012 at 4:29 am
  • Keiv

    I’m going to look up every band he mentioned. This is my new shopping list.

    Oct 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm