G Love and Special Sauce

G Love and Special Sauce
Event on 2017-03-19 20:00:00
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When you get the spark, you got to ride that energy, says G. Love, and that sparkcertainly ignites on his 10th studio full-length Love Saves The Day. He calls the newrelease the fullest realization of the hip-hop blues that he first pioneered with SpecialSauce in the early 90s. The album, due out October 30 on Brushfire Records, not onlyfeatures G. Loves long-term Special Sauce rhythm section upright bassist James JimiJazz Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey The Houseman Clemens but also prominentguest performers including Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, Lucinda Williams,Citizen Cope, Ozomatli, DJ Logic, Money Mark, Zach Gill and Adam Topol.To create their down and dirty trashcan blues sound, G. Love and Special Saucereturned to Brushfire Records Solar Powered Plastic Plant in Los Angeles. The band wasexcited to reteam with Sugar engineer and producer Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson,Beastie Boys, Mars Volta). They recorded live with few edits to capture the immediacyof the music: G. Love making his guitar snarl and his harmonica moan, bassist Prescottbringing nimble funk to the bottom end and Clemens drum work crackling with power.The music, G. Love enthuses, jumped off the tape.The new album completes the trilogy for G. Love that started with 2011s Fixin To Die.That disc stripped his music down to its roots and saw him record with The AvettBrothers, while Sugar, in G. Loves words, reconnected the blues with the electric sideand reunited the original trio to create the bands signature style of blending John LeeHooker blues with Golden Era hip-hop beats. On Love Saves The Day the group diveseven deeper, making the grooves heavier, the music rawer and the performances moreauthentic.G. Love also feels Love Saves The Day is his most rock n roll record yet. Just listen tothe title track that opens the album and youll hear why. This blast of furious blues,powered by David Hidalgos wicked guitar work, stands toe-to-toe with the classic workof Cream and the other blues-inspired bands of the 60s and early 70s. Hidalgo, areturnee from the Sugar sessions, plays on two other songs, Dis Song and That Girl.Besides being the first tracks recorded, G. Love sees these three tunes as forming the coreof the album. They also lead off the release and set the records rugged, raucous tone.This wonderfully unruly spirit flows through the revved-up rendition of the old Leadbellytune New York City, where G. Love does a delightfully ragged duet with celebratedsinger-songwriter Lucinda Williams. On the mesmerizing Muse, which arose from anall-night writing session he had with his old pal Citizen Cope, G. Loves sinewy slideguitar drives the tunes southern rock/hip-hop hybrid groove. Baby Why You Do MeLike That kicks off with scratching from another old friend, D.J. Logic, and features thealbums heaviest hip-hop beats. Adding to the groove on Muse and Baby is theenergetic horn work supplied by L.A. band Ozomatli; however, their contributions reallyshine on Lets Have A Good Time, a super funky jam that could have easily been a lostJames Brown gem. 2Although Lets Have A Good Time, along with the catchy, power-of-love ode PeanutButter Lips, rank as the lighter tunes on the album, the overall lyrical mood, as G. Loveeasily admits, tends to favor the darker side. Even the seemingly optimistic title trackturns heavy towards the end. Standout cut Back To Boston, which examines a troubledrelationship, was written on a drive from New York City to Boston. Longtime fans willrecognize the tune from the acoustic EP Bloodshot & Blue, but G. Love wanted to give itthe full-band treatment, with the new version showcasing frequent collaborator MarkBoyces jazzy organ work. The rough-hewn performances on tracks like That Girl,Pick Up The Phone and R U Kidding Me! further reflect the lyrics raw emotions,with the sharp-tongued Dis Song representing the peak of, as G. Love calls it, pissedoff-ness.Whether angrily railing about a girl with a shotgun tongue in Dis Song, joyfullyleading a party celebration in Lets Have A Good Time, or solemnly addressing lovewoes on the solo acoustic tune Lil Run Around, G. Loves vocals vividly express historn-from-the-heart emotions. He has been putting more emphasis on his singing in thepast few years, and feels his vocals on the new album are his strongest ever. G. Loveadmits that singing with Citizen Cope and Lucinda Williams on this album, and the greatsession singer Merry Clayton on Sugar, made him raise his game.He certainly has come a long way in the 20 years since drummer Clemens discoveredhim performing in a Boston pub. The two started playing together and, after Clemensbrought in upright bassist Prescott, G. Love & Special Sauce was born. Their self-titleddebut, featuring the hit Cold Beverage, wound up going gold. The band became knownfor their live shows and performed around the world. G. Love has played with andwithout Special Sauce over the years, but now the trio is back together and it feels right.G. Love believes the current manifestation of the band is stronger than ever and is ridinga creative high, adding and we didnt want to kill each other.Love Saves The Day marks G. Loves sixth with Brushfire Records and hes thrilled withtheir relationship. He lauds label chief Emmett Malloy as someone driven by creativityfirst and whose aesthetic tastes he trusts. G. Love views todays music world as the WildWest, with all the lines washed away; however, his genre-blurring music now is morerelevant than when he started. Its a good time to be doing what we are doing, heasserts, noting Gary Clark Jr., Jack White, Robert Randolph and Galactic as some fellowkeepers of the blues flame who maintain the roots but push music forward.G. Love proudly describes himself as a road dog who will be touring until I fall off theearth and plans to keep on pushing with Special Sauce from stage to stage. WhetherLove Saves The Day makes one dollar or a million isnt a big concern to him. It stands asa huge success because he made the gritty, honest album that he intended by keeping itraw, keeping it immediate, keeping it real. Its an approach that he has honed over theyears: be original and be true to what you do.

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