Indy: Your new CD, Country Ghetto , is out on Alligator Records, a blues label. Your music leans more toward funk, soul and rock, so why did you see Alligator as a good musical fit?
JG: Blues manifests itself in all sorts of things, and to me, honestly, blues is in bluegrass. Reggae is blues. There's lots of blues in all sorts of things. It's not just three chords or a chord-progression pattern or a guitar slinger. It manifests itself all over the place. They're all children in the same family.
Indy: Alligator is a larger label than your former one, Fog City. Do you see a difference in the promotion for Country Ghetto?
JG: I've done interviews, nonstop, for days. That's killer. That's one thing that they brought to the table. And they do a lot of things that we've never been able to have done before. It's no knock on any of the labels we've been on before ... but I'm learning it's a whole different kettle of fish when there are 16 full-time employees who've been doing this for years, rather than two people, max, working on it in conjunction with me and my manager to try to do it.
Indy: Country Ghetto seems like it has the best and most musically realized set of songs you've had on any of your three CDs. How do you see the CD?
JG: This is one time when I left the studio that I felt like, "Wow, we've really got something here." I felt about half of that when we left with [2004 release] Lochloosa. And when we left out of the studio with [2001 debut] Blackwater, I was like, "I don't know what the hell we've got."
At Denver's Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, March 23.