Episode 62: Lauren Gurgiolo: Okkervil River, The Dead Left, The Dialtones

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my guest for episode 62 is guitar player, lauren gurgiolo from okkervil river, the dead left and the dialtones. i had never met lauren until she came to my apartment yesterday for the interview. i had heard about her from a few of my friends and they say she's a bad ass and so did jessica when she booked her. of course, neal kassanoff from the dead left sang her praises when he was a guest on episode 49 of this podcast. anyway, i spent time listening to her and watching some stuff on youtube and i realized everyone was right. lauren gurgiolo is a bad ass! i was glad she was able to come by the apartment and talk to me, (even though i was feeling pretty shitty and exhausted) and we talked about growing up in dallas, discovering jazz and embarking on a musical journey that would bring her to austin and get even more into jazz, country and eventually, rock. she has her own band the she fronts called, the dialtones and they are about to embark on a gigantic musical journey of their own. you can see lauren play with the dead left on thursday, april 19th at 10pm at hotel vegas in austin, tx. i really enjoyed meeting and talking to lauren. i hope you do too!

ciao! -jg


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  • Robert George

    Hey Johnny

    To be honest, that one ended kinda on a weird note. As lovely as Lauren sounded, she didn’t really expound on any of the answers to your questions. I’m not saying she did it purposefully, it’s a personality type (i know cause my wife can be like that). It didn’t help both that you didn’t really know her before, and you weren’t feeling well.

    I’m not saying it sucked; it just wasn’t as free flowing as other interviews.

    keep doin em and I’ll keep listenin .., let’s get down …



    Apr 26, 2012 at 6:00 am
  • howdidigethere

    hey robert! i blame myself for that. i had been playing and doing interviews for 5 days straight and wasn’t sleeping well. the day that i interviewed lauren was day 6. i woke up feeling terrible. i really liked talking to her though. thanks for being honest robert and thank you for listening. keep those comments coming!

    ciao! -jg

    Apr 26, 2012 at 7:37 am