In town to play a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, G. Love stopped in to The Current's studio to play a solo acoustic set and to talk to Barb Abney about his forthcoming album, Sugar.
Because Garrett (what the "G" stands for) has now worked in music for 20 years, he and Barb spend some time looking back over the arc of his career, including G. Love's reminiscences of the old Uptown Bar in Minneapolis and the fabled radio station REV 105. Garrett even reflects on his days starting off as a musician in Boston, where it was all he could do to scrape together enough busking money to buy some muffins at Au Bon Pain.
For the new record, G. Love and the reunited Special Sauce recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Seattle and at Brushfire Studios in Hollywood, Calif. It was at Brushfire that a lot of the magic happened, and G. Love says he and the band felt like they were capturing the sound of Chess, Stax and Blue Note Records essentially, all the labels that influenced and inspired the band members to pursue music.
Listen to the complete interview to hear more about the new album, Sugar, about how touring in the early 1990s compares to touring in 2014, and about G. Love's new (and possibly inevitable?) product line: hot sauce.
"Too Much Month"
"Bad Girl Baby Blues"
All songs off G. Love and Special Sauce's forthcoming album, Sugar, which releases on April 22, 2014, on Republic Records.
Hosted by Barb Abney
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
- G. Love
- Last call at the Uptown (Oct. 30, 2009) Music fans in Minneapolis will be paying their final respects to the Uptown Bar this weekend. The revered music venue will close after its final show Sunday night, and then be demolished to make way for a new retail development.
- The 400 Bar may be gone, but its stories live on It's the bar where Golden Smog, Zuzu's Petals, and Semisonic all began, and where Dan Wilson first debuted his big hit "Closing Time." It's the bar where Bonnie Raitt hung out while in the Twin Cities to record her debut album. It's where First Ave stage manager Conrad Sverkerson kicked out his first rowdy patron. And it's where Peter Ostroushko was playing pool when he got the call to go play on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks.
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