Throwback Thursday: G. Love

Even in the middle of winter, I like to find a little bit of summer.  Whether it’s DQ in December or rockin’ the hot tub in January, it’s nice to get a taste of the best season of the year, even if it is colder than a Klondike bar on the shady side of an iceberg.  Luckily, I’ve had one trick up my sleeve for the past few years that immediately brings me back to summer regardless of the temperature.  He goes by the name of G. Love.  Now this is a guy that has that special sauce that helps make him the successful artist he’s known as today.  Literally.  His back-up band is named “Special Sauce” and they have indeed helped him become a most successful artist.

glove2If you’ve never heard of G. Love & the Special Sauce, take note.  They’ve been around since the early nineties and have collaborated with many popular artists today including an (at the time) unpopular, chilled-out artist named Jack Johnson.  Perhaps you’ve heard a little jam called “Rodeo Clowns” on Mr. Johnson’s 2003 release On and On.  That song was first performed on record by G. Love and Jack Johnson on Philadelphonic in 1999.  Whoa, did I just blow your mind?

Their albums are a mix of the sound you would find on a Jack Johnson album with a mixture of crazy funky beats, laid back vocals and flowing raps.  After hearing a lot of his earlier stuff, it wasn’t hard for me to get addicted to his 2006 release Lemonade off of none-other-than Jack Johnson’s personal record label Brushfire Records in 2006.  This album has the ultimate feeling of summer.  Besides the pleasant flow of hip-hop, funk and blues, G. Love incorporates acoustic guitars, electric guitars, harmonicas, tamborines, bongos, (possibly a kazoo), and so much more to create a sound that is truly unique.

Songs like “Hot Cookin’” and “Thanks and Praise” display the super funktacular beats, whereas songs like “Let The Music Play” (featuring Ben Harper and Marc Broussard) give off the absolute chill he’s known for.  Lemonade is sure to get you into the summer spirit all year long so you’ll never have to worry about the cold weather ever again.  Unless there’s a snow storm and you get snowed in and can’t leave your house for weeks.  Then you should worry about the weather.  Also if it gets so cold that your heat stops working and no one can come fix it because everyone’s cars have died.  You should also worry about it then.  But other than that, you’ll never have to worry about the cold weather ever again.

Check out the video for “Hot Cookin’”:

If you like G. Love, check out Brett Dennen!

About the Author

Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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