G. Love & Special Sauce "Love Saves the Day"

G. Love & Special Sauce team up with guest artist for raucous high-energy fun

 

Garrett Dutton, aka G. Love, has never been an easy artist to categorize. His music pulls from blues, rock, hip-hop, rap, and soul. His early recordings often felt like musical explorations, as if he was still deciding on which direction to take. Twenty years on he’s still creating genre-defying music, but as a professional choice. Dutton’s passion for music also encompasses his love of collaboration with artists from a variety of backgrounds. Love Saves the Day is a testament to his commitment to genre-roaming songs and party-time music energy.

Following a period of recording solo or with other artists, Dutton reunites with his band Special Sauce – drummer Jefrey Clemens and bassist James Prescott. They’re joined by a stellar group of guest artists. The title track, an electric blues rocker, opens the record and features searing guitar from Los Lobos member David Hidalgo. He sticks around for the next two tracks, adding squeeze box to his credits.

Lucinda Williams joins Dutton on a raucous cover of Leadbelly’s “New York City.” Citizen Cope pops up on “Muse,” and DJ Logic is featured on the funky “Baby Why You Do Me Like That?.” More high energy erupts from “Let’s Have a Good Time” a pairing with Ozomatli. Alabama blues/roots singer Kristy Lee matches vocals with Dutton on “Pick Up the Phone.”

Dutton plays mean harmonica on several tracks and additional players are brought in to bolster the recordings with keyboards and percussion. “Back To Boston” features great B3 organ laid down by Mark Boyce. Most of the album is plugged in high voltage, although Dutton slows things down on the album’s last track, the acoustic blues numbers “Lil’ Run Around”

Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Mix)

 

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