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Rootsy R&B/Blues from G. Love and Special Sauce

G. Love (born Garret Dutton) formed Special Sauce in Philadelphia, PA in 1993. When you hear him speak or sing, he sounds like he would be a great guy to hang around with and maybe share a few beers. Their music is relaxed and bluesy, though they don’t confine their sound to the 8 or so traditional blues chord progressions. They incorporate R&B, soul, and some hip-hop influences into their sound. They play sloppy without sounding crappy. Their music is more about feel than polish. That gives them a lot of freedom musically to take chances and they do, usually to good effect.

The sauce is particularly special on this one.

In 1999, they released “Philadelphonic.” I have a friend who is a huge G. Love fan – really rabid about him – but he isn’t crazy about this album. It might be his least favorite, in fact. For me, this is my favorite G. Love album I have heard. I like G. Love’s loose and sloppy sound, but on “Philadelphonic” the production is tighter and the grooves are catchier. There is infectious joy in a lot of the songs and I always like hearing songs from this album come on. Check out my favorites.

  • No Turning Back – This is a great opener with the percussion and stand up bass intro. The energy is great and it really gets you up for the rest of the album
  • Dreamin’ – “Dreams are like fish: you got to keep on reelin’.” A great R&B/funk riff is spiced with singing rap and a bit of scratching.
  • Rodeo Clowns – Jack Johnson wrote this song and eventually released it himself on 2003’s “On and On.” I like this version he did with G. Love in 1999 better.
  • Numbers – For all the sloppiness of the guitars, the vocals are polished and beautiful.
  • Do It for Free – The best part of this song is the warm harmony vocals at the chorus, but for some reason they don’t get to it on this sample.
  • Kick Drum – This is a peaceful groove with sweet harmony vocals and foul lyrics (almost).

G. Love played a part in the rise of Jack Johnson after they became friends when surfing. I actually haven’t heard their last two albums, released in 2008 and 2009. Hearing this stuff again makes me want to look them up.



October 18, 2010 - Posted by | Blues, Popular, R&B, Rock, Soul


  1. I’m obsessed with G! And I love this album.

    I’ve seen him many times & he always exudes this genuine happy vibe, and he’s so smooth & groovy.

    Yeah, you gotta check out the last two albums. Holla!

    You have the best captions, by the way. 🙂

    Comment by Jenn | October 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. I will check out the new stuff. It’s surely on the list. And thanks for the captions comment.

    Comment by MissedMusic | October 20, 2010 | Reply

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