G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE with Ethan Tucker
Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m.
It takes a lot of hard work to speak the truth. And, in an age where most music has been regulated to countless ones and zeros, it’s even harder to make honest music without all the usual trappings. On his latest release, G. Love left the hip-hop blues, a genre he helped define, if only for a moment to make arguably his most sincere and candid record to date.
Garrett Dutton, best known as G. Love, made a true divergence from his previous records. But with G. Love, it’s more than just stamina and gumption to sound authentic and profound. It’s the ability to distill the sepia-toned essence of the time-honored past and use it to take the risks needed to forge the future.
An insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls, speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. G. Love has done just that. He mined the sonic ore of his heroes only to emerge with a fresh lode of precious stones. Yet remarkably, what makes him such a rarity in today’s music world is the lack of polish that makes these songs truly shine. By allowing the infectious simplicity of his songs to stand in all their ragged glory, G. Love has paid the greatest respect to his muses and all his collaborative spirits.