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I cannot believe it is almost 2013! A new year is a just cause for a celebration…it is a time of fond remembrances and new beginnings. 2012 was a good year for me. In addition to avoiding the Mayan apocalypse, I made some new friends & reconnected with some old ones, had a successful year as an artisan, visited three new cities (Savannah, Atlanta & Key West), and experienced some great shows – Roger Waters, Pearl Jam (both home & on the road), Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, and, ending my year, G Love & Special Sauce.

Quite often, G Love plays a show at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City on 12/30. It is a sort of homecoming for him, since his roots are in both Philadelphia (born & raised as Garret Dutton) and Avalon, NJ (spending summers at the shore.)

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G Love’s music style is both eclectic and unique. If I had to describe it in a word it would be GROOVE. He fuses blues with old school hip hop, and still manages to keep it all very mellow, evident with his many collaborations with Jack Johnson. He maintains an indie following, and is known for his stage shows. He is backed by Special Sauce: Jeffrey “Houseman” Clemens on drums and Timo Shanko on bass. I have seen him several times, and this recent show was one of his best. He seemed to play fewer songs, but jammed out more. He also had a great mix of old and new tunes.

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Long time fans of G Love will be stoked to hear that he played the two perennial favorites from his self-titled first offering released in 1994: Baby’s Got Sauce and Cold Beverages. He jammed out both songs and the entire audience was on their feet grooving with him.

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His set list included several tunes from my favorite disc, Lemonade Hot Cookin’, Rainbow and Can’t Go Back to Jersey. He also played Peace, Love and Happiness from Superhero Brother and a fun acoustic version of Booty Call from The Hustle.

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G Love also played some songs from his latest offering, Fixin’ to Die. This album has a much more bluesy feel to it and I absolutely love it! Highlights from last night’s show include an acoustic Milk and Sugar and an awesome cover of Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

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The show ended, as it always does in our area, with I-76, from his 1997 release Yeah, It’s That Easy. He was joined on lead vocal by Katman, who originally collaborated with G Love on the tune. While I-76 is one of my least favorite roads, it is one of my favorite G Love songs.

All in all, a great way to end the year. Since I had a late night last night, I decided to make this evening a mellow event with family. I look forward to all of the wonderful new experiences 2013 is sure to bring!

I wish everyone a safe and exuberant evening and a New Year filled with peace, love and joy!

Shanti,
~Erin

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