G. Love and Special Sauce returning to their roots


When: March 28 | 8 p.m.
Where: Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.
Admission: $25 advance | $30 door
Ages: 18+

Twenty years, 11 studio albums and countless shows in the books, the Philadelphia-based trio G. Love and Special Sauce is now seeking to recreate the hip hop and blues styles that made them popular. Setting out on a tour celebrating their 20th anniversary and anticipating the release of their 12th studio album, “Sugar,” in April the group is proud to say they’ve come full circle.

“Musically, we’ve done a lot of different things and experimented. On the new album, we wanted to get back to that raw sound we wanted to achieve when we started,” said Garret “G. Love” Dutton.

The album, which was cut in five days, features a stellar line up of support artists that only enhance the bluesy grooves including Los Lobos guitar player Dave Hidalgo on three songs. The first single off the album, “Nothing Quite Like Home,” has lyrics penned by Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and soulful vocals harmonized with Ben Harper and Marc Broussard. Merry Clayton, best known for her duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,” joins the group on the second single, “One Night Romance.”

“As a band you get tighter and tighter over the years and we’re tighter than ever,” said Dutton, but the success doesn’t come without conflict leading the group to separate at times and pursue solo projects.

However, in the end they continue to find themselves creating more music together.

“In the chemistry of a band, not just in music but in life in general, you click with people in a special way,” said Dutton. “Musically, we’ve always had this synergy.”

Each member in the group brings a different influence with background ranging from blues and hip hop to jazz and rock.

“Somehow, we’re meeting in this weird place,” said Dutton.

Off the stage and out of the studio, music is still a big part of Dutton’s life. At home, he jams with his 12-year-old son who plays drums. They call the group “Hot Sauce.”

Speaking of hot sauce, the band has recently launched a new flavor in their line of hot sauces, G. Love’s Special Sauce. The sauces may be found at gloveshotsauce.com.

Where did that name come from anyway?

“It always got a reaction. People either love it or hate it,” said Dutton who became G. Love in his early days as a musician.

Dutton took a stage name, wanting to imitate the blues players and emcees who heavily influenced his music. The band came up with Special Sauce together and it stuck despite one record label that told the group they loved their music but wouldn’t sign them unless they changed their name. They kept the name, obviously, and had no problem signing with another label.

G. Love and Special Sauce plan to cover their full 20-year career during the anniversary tour. During the first set they plan to play their first self-titled album from start to finish. They return for a second set including hits off their newest album along with classic favorites. Catch them at the Grand Sierra Resort on March 28.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit grandsierraresort.com.