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Interview with G. Love & Special Sauce – South Florida Insider

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G. Love & Special Sauce: 30 Years Strong, Rocking the World with Raw Vibes and Unreleased Fire!

January 17th, 2024

In an exclusive interview with G. Love, the legendary frontman of G. Love & Special Sauce, we delved deep into the emotions and memories evoked by the 30th anniversary of their groundbreaking self-titled debut album. G. Love shared insights into the incredible journey that has felt like a dream, from the early goal of making solo records to forming a band that has sustained amazing success over three decades.

Reflecting on the remastered expanded edition of their debut album, G. Love, now 51 and a father of four, opened up about the decision-making process behind including 11 unreleased live tracks recorded in 1994. These performances, he claimed captured at the Knitting Factory in New York, provide a unique glimpse into the raw and youthful energy of the band before the release of their first record.

As we explored the evolution of G. Love & Special Sauce over the years, G. Love acknowledged the changes in himself. He highlighted the surreal experience of touring with young musicians like Jakob, who is the son of Bradley Nowell from Sublime. This, he noted, makes him acutely aware of the passage of time.

Transitioning to the release of the live version of “Cold Beverage” recorded in 1994 at the Knitting Factory, G. Love emphasized the significance of finding this performance. It captures not only the essence of the song, but also the vibe of the band during a pivotal moment in their career.

Continuing to venture into ’90s nostalgia, G. Love expressed a desire to bring back the mosh pit for a day during their tour, showcasing the band’s eclectic style. He noted that despite their growth and improvement as musicians, there’s something special about the raw energy of those early performances.

Anticipating their upcoming 41-day North American tour, G. Love shared excitement about sold-out shows and expressed gratitude for the unwavering support across the country. While avoiding picking favorites, he highlighted venues like stops at Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale on February 17th and Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Valentine’s Day, reminiscing about an early St. Pete performance opening for the Violent Femmes.

The interview touched upon the collaboration with Chuck Treece, who will be sitting in on drums for the upcoming tour and beyond. G. Love spoke highly of their long-standing musical partnership dating back to the band’s early demos and emphasizing Chuck’s deep understanding of the band’s unique sound and energy.

Reflecting on the band’s longevity, G. Love attributed their success to the deep connection they’ve forged with their fans, who they consider not just friends but family. This connection, he emphasized, is the driving force that keeps them going, touring, and creating music.

Beyond their musical achievements, G. Love and The Special Sauce have diversified their portfolio by collaborating with the Good Life Brewing Company to create their own IPA, created the Cape Cod Roots and Blues Music Festival, plus their own record label, named Philadelphia. G. Love revealed his inspiration was drawn from Jimmy Buffett and how he gave a blueprint for pursuits beyond the realm of music. Additional pursuits include producing a number of paintings, which can be seen/purchased at the Samuel Owen Art Gallery in West Palm Beach

In essence, G. Love’s journey is a testament to the power of connection, the evolution of sound, and the enduring magic of making music that resonates across generations. As they embark on their North American tour, fans can expect a celebration of not just 30 years of music, but a continuation of the vibrant, diverse, and ever-evolving legacy of G. Love and The Special Sauce.

Coach is South Florida Insider's Owner, President, Webmaster, as well as a Reporter and Photographer covering events all over the world. Born in West Palm Beach, Coach continues to call the sunny Florida area home. He received his Associate degree from the University of South Florida, then transferred to the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism & Communications. During his journalistic career, which has been featured in local newspapers and magazines as well as national publications, Coach has also continued his love of being an educator. It’s through both endeavors that he’s actively got students interested in following in the field of journalism. Coach loves sharing the world of entertainment with others and giving people the opportunity to step out of the everyday life.

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