JPR Live Session: G. Love

Mar 4, 2016

G. Love & Special Sauce are a Philadelphia-based trio whose laid-back, sloppy blues sound is quite unique, as it encompasses the sound/production of classic R&B and recent rap artists (the Beastie Boys, in particular).

G. Love (born Garrett Dutton) on guitar/vocals/harmonica, Jeff Clemens on drums, and Jim Prescott on upright bass -- released their self-titled debut in 1994 on OKeh/Epic. It received enthusiastic reviews and nearly went gold on the strength of the MTV-spun video for "Cold Beverage." The group toured heavily, also landing a subsequent spot on the H.O.R.D.E. tour, and found a receptive young audience. They followed up this success with the more mature Coast to Coast Motel in 1995.

After a six-year break in the first decade of the 2000's, the original G. Love & Special Sauce lineup (featuring Clemens and Prescott) reunited for 2014's Sugar. A year later, the band released Love Saves the Day on Brushfire Records. Appearing in October 2015, the album featured a slew of special guests including Lucinda Williams, Citizen Cope, and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos.