The Americana troubadour Gattet Dutton, more widely known as G. Love & Special Sauce, comes to visit Track 29 on Friday June 22. Mostly known for his funked up, hip-hop blues style, his latest album features a departure from the bass heavy rhythms and lyrical cadences that characterized his early efforts. On Fixin’ To Die, his fourth record released by Brushfire Records, G. Love indulges in the folk traditions that initially inspired his wok as a musician but faded into the background on initial recordings. Meshing his ever-present harmonica with banjo and guitar picking accompanied by gritty melodies, his new genre feels like an effortlessly natural fit.
Along the journey to revamp his roots, Dutton has found kindred spirits through collaboration with Scott and Seth Avett, who not only played on the record, but produced it as well. Citing influences such as Lou Reed and Bob Dylan, Dutton ventured into what he calls the Delta Blues. According to him, “It was an emotional recording session and I was truly blown away by the level of focus, care and passion. This is the most inspired I’ve ever felt making a record - let’s just put it that way. I’m still buzzing about it.” For those familiar with his previous work, that’s a ringing endorsement.
As a constant road warrior, G. Love has earned a reputation as a must-see performer that is simply “better live.” Inevitably, the buzz from the studio has transpired into his shows, offering the always-energetic bard another conduit for his craft on display for Chattanooga this Friday night.
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