G. Love & Special Sauce are a fun, sexy, and truly original band. They play a super cool mix of blues, jazz, hip hop, and rock. Pundits call their sound “acoustic funk” but it really defies description. Their lead singer, G. Love, sings/raps over tight, infectious grooves.
If you like Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter, and Slightly Stoopid then you’ll like G. Love & Special Sauce. They all share a similar laidback vibe. Love and Special Sauce are also a bit reminiscent of Soul Coughing. You know you’ll love them if you’re into old school rap like RUN DMC and The Beastie Boys.
The “G. Love” in “G. Love & Special Sauce” is Garrett Dutton. He plays the guitar, harmonica, and sings/raps. He’s joined by drummer Houseman (also known as Jeffrey Clemens) and bassist Jimi Jazz (also known as Jim Prescott).
Incidentally, G. Love & Special Sauce are signed to Jack Johnson’s record label. Johnson played on the band’s 1999 album Philadelphonic. As a solo artist, G. Love has performed with Johnson and Frankenreiter.
While G. Love is from Philadelphia, the trio met in Boston. One of their early first gigs was being the house band at The Plough and Stars in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The trio released their first album in 1994. Their self-titled debut peaked at number 32 on the Heatseekers chart. They didn’t break the Billboard 200 until 2008’s Superhero Brother. Their debut single, “Cold Beverage,” received quite a bit of airplay on MTV back when it was released in 1994.
From 1999 to 2001, G. Love and Special Sauce was the house band for Turn Ben Stein On, a television show that aired on the Comedy Central network. Their version of “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” was used in commercials for the launch of Coca-Cola Zero.
In January of 2009, Jimi Jazz left the band for what would be a five-year hiatus. He was replaced by Timo Shanko. Jazz returned in 2014 to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary and to help record their eighth studio album, Sugar.
G. Love and Special Sauce
Coast to Coast Motel
Yeah, It's That Easy
Long Way Down