G. Love returning for Bluesfest with his Special Sauce
WITH their eclectic mix of laid-back blues, hip-hop and R&B, G. Love and Special Sauce are making their triumphant return to Bluesfest in 2015.
"It's been five years - five years too long if you ask me," said frontman G. Love, aka Garrett Dutton.
"I just love Byron Bay and Bluesfest has always been one of my favourite festivals around the world."
This will be their fifth time playing Bluesfest. Their first was in 1997.
"I'll never forget coming to Byron for the first time. I was just really loving the vibe, the people, the food, the surf," he said.
"It's like the perfect little surf town."
I'll never forget coming to Byron for the first time. I was just really loving the vibe, the people, the food, the surf
It had been eight years since the original line-up of G. Love and Special Sauce had played together when they reunited for the release of album Sugar this year.
After a year of recording and touring together, he said, they were having a great time.
"We're not sick of each other yet, and the music's been great," G. Love said.
They were all reunited, except for original bass player Jim Prescott, and when they met up at their sound man's wedding, they invited Prescott to join them in studio.
"It was great to see him," G. Love said.
Prescott only wanted to record and didn't want to go on tour, G. Love said, but once they started playing together, everything fell together.
"He just kinda came back on fire, really refreshed, rejuvenated. We created a lot of energy," he said.
"He came in like a freight train on the bass - he was the star of the session in a lot of ways.
"When we were packing up I said, 'Well, we're going on the road now yeah?' and he said, 'Yeah.'
"It's been really great (to be together again)."
Their new album, Sugar, has been a great experience for the band, G. Love said.
"Sugar to me is like a look back and a big step forward for us in a lot of different ways," he said.
"Lyrically, musically and performance-wise, it's growing."
He said they liked keeping their music raw and real.
"Yeah, I think onstage and studio we're at our best, spontaneous and let it all hang out," he said.
"Some people call our music 'sloppy blues' and I like that."