G. Love And Special Sauce Sugar on LP + Download
G. Love & Special Sauce will spend 2014 celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their self-titled debut with a brand new album built on the trio’s signature hip-hop blues sound. Sugar, which will be released via Brushfire Records, reunites original members G. Love, upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens for the first time in eight years.
Recorded mainly at Brushfire Records’ Solar Powered Plastic Plant studio in Los Angeles, Sugar captures the unstoppable energy of a band who got their start in Boston bars in the early ‘90s and still play up to 150 shows a year. “We wanted to take it back to the old-school vibe of the first record, those rich, warm sounds from when we were rocking small clubs and going on that acoustic feeling,” says Prescott.
To deepen that dynamic and push their sound into new directions, G. Love & Special Sauce called in guest musicians including legendary vocalist and current Oscar nominee Merry Clayton (best known for her duet with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stone’s “Gimme Shelter”), Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, Marc Broussard, Eric Krasno, Shamarr Allen, Kristy Lee, and others.
"I had a good idea for a riff off an old hip hop sample which I changed up, flipped upside down and played with a slide guitar," G. Love says about the first single "Nothing Quite Like Home." "We cut the song live with the trio at Brushfire in L.A and added the 'B' section and drum break."
Love adds, "I had been talking to Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons earlier in the summer about working on something and I sent him the instrumental we cut He penned the lyrics and sent back a real tight demo over the instrumental. Later I added my vocals and got a helping hand from two of my favorite singers - Ben Harper, who just brought the chorus to another level, and Marc Broussard, who added some nice backgrounds."
G. Love And Special Sauce Sugar Track Listing:
1. Come Up Man
2. Nite Life
3. Good Life
4. Nothing Else Quite Like Home
5. Smokin’ Blues
7. Weekend Dance #2
8. Saturday Night
9. One Night Romance
10. Windshield Wipers
11. Cheating Heart
12. Too Much Month
13. Run For Me
14. Bad Girl Baby Blues