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November 24th, 2020

If you're digging on what we're laying down, please give us a review on iTunes.  You can find My Top Five Records pretty much anywhere you listen to podcasts but a star for each one of your top five records on iTunes (that's five stars!) would be super appreciated!


It is another honor and privilege to have today’s guest on My Top Five Records podcast.  Mike Stinson.  He’s one of my hero honky tonk songwriters.  If you’ve never heard his music, please check him out.  He’s incredible.  If you can see him live, even better.  He is up east right now and his new single called Close Enough For Government Work.  Check it out


Today we talked about how when he was 15 in a record store and when he heard Bob Dylan’s, Infidels, he asked who it was and then had to buy the record.  He told me that Peter Wolf of the J Geils Band was picking the walk on and off music for the Stones.


One of my favorite things about Mike is that he was a drummer first.  It is my belief that drummers make the best songwriters.  Think about Dave Grohl.  I feel they understand, like Mike says, the math behind the song.


October 27th, 2020

It is another honor and privilege to have today’s guest on My Top Five Records podcast.  Chris “the Whipper” Layton was one half of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Rhythm section Double trouble.  The way he picked his top five records was super cool.  Not only did he play with Stevie but he and Double Trouble also joined forces with The Arc Angels and Storyville.


If you're digging on what we're laying down, please give us a review on iTunes.  A star for each one of your top five records (that's five stars!) would be super appreciated!


October 13th, 2020

It is an honor and privilege to have today’s guest on My Top Five Records podcast.  Mike Flanigin is in my humble opinion the best B3 player around.  He playing consistently at CBoys with Jimmie Vaughn, at least when that Covid dude isn’t wreaking havoc on us.  Come on Covid.  Can’t you leave us alone?


So yeah, he plays with Jimmie.  He is also buds with Billy Gibbons and has performed with ZZ Top, Steve Miller, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Charlie Sexton, Doyle 2 and Bonnie Raitt to name a few.  I actually opened up for him once at our mutual friend, Tom Amiss’, annual party


One of my favorite stories is how he used to tour as a guitarist with a LA band and returned to Austin to join the Antone’s Nightclub house band.  That’s when he decided to change instruments and start playing the B3.  He hooked up with organ legend Big John Patton to learn the craft.  And guess what, Big John has a record in Mike’s top five.


In 2015 he released his debut record called The Drifter.  Rolling Stone said, “The Drifter is a road trip-worthy record that veers from punk rock to desert pop to Bible Belt Blues, it’s disparate parts glued together with the swirl and swoon of B3 organ.  This is day-driving mood music, with Flanigin creating his own version of atmospheric Americana.” 


And just this year, he dropped a brand new record called West Texas Blues and born out of his and Sue Foley’s Texas Blues Party that they streamed live on Facebook.  They went into the studio as a three piece.  Just Sue, Mike and Chris “Whipper” Layton of Double Trouble. 


I quote Flanigin saying about the record, “As much as I labored over ​The Drifter​ album, which took me three years to make, and I had a lot of different types of genres, and people, and guests, this was the exact opposite.” Flanigin said. “This was ‘Let’s go in and let’s do what we do,’ and we play the blues. That’s what we’ve been doing our whole lives.”


I was driving back from Houston yesterday and thought I would put it on.  Well I did and I could not turn it off for the entire ride home.  If you like the blues, you’ve got to check it out.  An All Star cast of blues legends kicking out an homage to some Texas Blues music.


So PLEASE people go out there and support music.  Support the artists that make you groove.  Allow those who create to keep creating.  Get out there or go online and buy Mike Flanigin’s new record.  While you’re at it, I’d recommend you pick up The Drifter as well.


We talked about how he knew Lazy Lester and how Texas music is for dancers.  We talked about how Billy Gibbons plays on 7 strings and how that shows in his touch AND how he knows professional card tricks.  It was like a history lesson. 


We had a slight technical difficulty and about 10 mintues got cut from our conversation.  It was primarily about Billy Gibbons.  We talked about Dusty has motorboat fingers and that is what makes ZZ Top ultimately unique.  He also talks about how he likes to record live in the studio and how he started singing again because Jimmie Vaughn pretty much made him when they were on tour. 


What also got cut was where you can find him online.  You spell Mike’s last name F L A N I G I N.  As he says, with two N’s and two I’s


If you’ve got the gumption, head over to THE BIG GUN SHOW DOT COM and check out what my band is up to these days.  You can also catch us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube with a handle of thebiggunshowband.  Go to our website and sign up for our email newsletter so that you can get updates about our coming record called Honky Rock.


September 29th, 2020

Today I’m talking to Wayne Sutton.  I used to go see him rock it something like twice a week with Little Sister back in the day at the Black Cat.  Free hot dogs and 1 dollar Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboys.  Then they changed their name to Sister 7 and Darrel Phillips joined the band and they just kept rocking.  I told him the story when I saw Darrell in Wichita at Barleycorns.


We talked about his new record called The Blue Worm and how a Blue Worm is a Pilipino knife fighting move.  He said that all the records he picked are driving records and laughed as he said how blown away how Joni Michell wrote all the songs wacked out on blow.  No pun intended.


If you’ve got the gumption, head over to and check out what my band is up to these days.  You can also catch us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube with a handle of thebiggunshowband.  And when Covid leaves us alone, our most consistent gig is our monthly residency at The Little Longhorn Saloon here in Austin.  Home of Chicken Shit Bingo.  We play the happy hour on the first Friday of every month.  Bring Grandma.  She’ll have a blast.


September 15th, 2020

Today I’m talking to Robert Wagner.  He’s been around Austin for quite some time.  He’s got some great stories that synch with his top five records.  He talks about how the Jesus Christ Superstar band was Joe Cocker’s touring band.  He told me that Lou Reed did not like the positive press that the positive press his band was getting so he fired them. And then then went to Jesus Christ Superstar.  And his dad!!!  Dick Wagner!!!  He saw Alice Cooper live.  And lastly, he got painted quarters so that he could play the jukebox.


September 1st, 2020

Today I’m talking to Bruce Castleberry.  He’s the lead guitarist for both Vallejo and Southtown.  He’s also starting something up with AJ Vallejo called Brodie Lane.  I saw the first incarnation of Brodie Lane but apparently now it is different.  FYI, they call him Lightning because he never strikes the same thing (or plays the same thing) twice.


One of my favorite parts of this specific podcast is all the stories he has to go along with his favorite records.  We talk about how he sound checked the Cult’s equipment at the Alamodome.  How the brothers used to play the same set before they got together.  We talk about how they used to call him Cornelius Courvoisier and about how in his youth someone sorted some PCP of an amp.


August 18th, 2020

Today I’m talking to Mike G.  He’s the main man in his band, the Jukebox Heroes.  Today’s episode is going to be a little different.  Usually, I speak with the podcastees about the top five records that they could only have for the rest of their lives.  About a year ago, I was at the One 2 One bar on South Lamar and having a talk with Mike G.  We were talking in depth about the Stones and I mentioned that he should be on my podcast.  Then I said, let’s make it a top 3 Stones records podcast.  After many high fives, hugs and laughs, we decided we were going to do it.  Basically, this episode is two Stone’s fanatics talking about a subject they both love.



August 4th, 2020

Today I’m talking to Paige Dechausse.  We had a killer conversation about the top five records she would take with her to the edge of the world. 


Paige plays in a band called The Reverent Few.  I love her voice and their music.  They came out with a new record right around the time that COVID came crashing down on us.  She brought me a copy and I was able to listen to it.  It’s called AIN’T NO PLACE TO BE.  Do yourself a favor.  Get the vinyl.  It’s a good one.


July 21st, 2020

Today I am rapping with Jace Cadle.  We had an awesome conversation about his top 5 records.  I’m not sure what happened but his vocal is super low and mine is super hot so my apologies for the audio discrepancy.


Jace plays in a band called Madam Radar.  They used to be called the Texas KGB but they recently changed their name.  I’ve always thought of KGB meaning Killer Green Bud but apparently they were getting some flack so they changed the name.


He’s a super cool guy and is currently taking one of my jean jackets and smearing some of his artistry all over it.  I can’t wait to wear it out in public.  Jeez.  Who knows when I’ll be out in public or on stage, right?


His records range from Willie Nelson to Eminem.  He also turned me on to Tenacious D’s Pick of Destiny.  If you have not seen the movie, please do.  It is nothing short of hilarious.


Close your eyes. You’re back in Austin on an empty 6th street for the rest of your life.  What five records do you have?


June 23rd, 2020

Today I am rapping with Ruby Dice.  We had an awesome conversation about her top 5 records. 


I’ve known Ruby Dice for quite some time.  She played in my band for a hot second back in the day.  She used to sing a blues song with us and I was shocked that none of her top five records were old school blues.  She does have a Black Keys record so I guess that will have to do. 


Close your eyes. You’re back on that desert island again.  What five records do you have?

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