For more than a decade, G. Love has been on the cusp of mainstream acceptance.
His 1994 debut with his band, Special Sauce, introduced audiences to his Philadelphia- sound, a hybrid of hip-hop, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The self-titled album yielded the highly successful track “Cold Beverage,” which has become a staple on college campuses. In the five albums he has released since 1994, however, none of the tracks has caught on as much as his ode to summertime libations.
G. Love and Special Sauce play a 7 p.m., all-ages show Saturday at the Big Easy Concert House. Tickets are $17.50 through TicketsWest (800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com).
Love’s latest album, “The Hustle,” was released last year on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records. The album is what listeners have come to expect from Love: a party record that fortunately doesn’t take itself too seriously; enjoyable yet forgettable.
The stories on “The Hustle” provide a bit of insight into the change of pace for Love, who recently became a father. “For the first time, I’m not singing about the world as I’d like it to be,” Love said in a statement. “I’m singing about the way it is.”
Love, born Garrett Dutton, met Johnson – surfer, turned filmmaker, turned musician – in 1999 when the two were, yes, surfing south of Malibu. Later that year the two recorded a take on Johnson’s “Rodeo Clowns,” which appeared on Love’s fourth Epic Records release, “Philadelphonic.” Johnson later re-recorded the song for inclusion on his 2001 debut, “Brushfire Fairytales,” the album that propelled him to the new high prince of accessible folk-pop.
Love and Donovan Frankenreiter, also signed to Brushfire Records, supported Johnson in September at The Gorge.
G. Love will be joined Saturday by drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens and bassist James “Mimi Jazz” Prescott. For more information on G. Love, visit www.philadelphonic.com.
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