TVD Vinyl Giveaway:
G. Love & Special Sauce,
Sugar, Test Pressing

“The first record I can remember getting as a Christmas present was Kiss, Double Platinum. It was a slick double record with a silver cover. Pretty freaking cool. I think I wore it out between the ages 8-10.”

“My Mother had a small but unbelievably influential record collection which I discovered in the basement as a kid and promptly brought to my room. The Beatles’ White Album, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Volume 1, Bob Marley’s Rastaman Vibrations, Donovan’s Greatest Hits, Dr. John’s Right Place. These are a few that really impacted my life and still do.

I think listening to the White Album and Dylan’s Greatest Hits as a young teen really subconsciously brainwashed me into writing songs. Listening to those records gave me expression. Then connecting with Donovan, Dr. John, and Bob Marley gave me vocal craft and style. But it was the joyful trippy sound of the Beatles and the presence and words of Bob Dylan that changed my life…and that’s why I’m here.”
G. Love

And here he is indeed—20 years on—with a new release entitled Sugar that landed on store shelves just yesterday (4/22), G. Love & Special Sauce are back—and in a big way. And that includes on vinyl—and even more special, we have 1 of just 2 test pressings to give away and put in the hands of 1 of you.

“Twenty years after the release of their self-titled debut and eight years since their last live performance together, the original lineup of G. Love & Special Sauce return with their first album in nearly a decade. Built on the trio’s signature hip-hop blues sound, Sugar finds vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player G. Love (aka Garrett Dutton), upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens breathing new life into their groove-heavy, Chicago-blues-infused brand of stripped-down rock & roll.

“The goal for the album was to make it really raw and immediate, with live takes and live vocals and everybody playing so that it all comes together in that intangible way,” says G. Love. ‘That’s what our music is all about.’”

Now, admittedly, this is a pretty cool artifact to award one of you, so we’d like to be certain it lands in the mailbox of a fan. In the comments below, share with us a G. Love and Special Sauce memory from any point in G’s or the band’s history to make it count, and the headiest one wins our sweet Sugar test pressing.

We’ll choose one winner a week from today (4/30) with a North American mailing address!

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thevinyldistrict
thevinyldistrict moderator

You guys made it difficult, but a winner has been awarded - please check your email. Thanks!

Beckie Grant
Beckie Grant

I have been following G for years now. I would have to say the coolest thing for me is during this last tour was following G around to 4 shows, Charleston SC, Greenville SC, Roanoke VA and Charlotte. g have me the setlist in Greenville and again in again in Charlotte. When he have it to me in Charlotte I was shocked. When I met him after he walked up to me and said "Hey Beckie." When I made a comment about being at so many shows he said that was why he gave me the setlist. That same day before the show I was taking pics of Houseman & Jimi Jazz on stage- houseman said he would come down and take a picture- which he and Jimi Jazz both did. Really cool to meet the whole band.

AMandolin
AMandolin

I can still remember the day my buddy brought me my first G Love & Special sauce cd... I've been a fan since the late 90's... Be it fishing, lawn work, a romantic evening in... GL & SS has been there... I cannot even count the friends I've turned on to their music. Amazing live! Loved seeing you at Alpine Valley in 2010 with Jack Johnson. Love JJ. But my sole reason for going was for GL!!! Gimme some sugar!

Miss pootie
Miss pootie

One of my favorite concert memories was hanging with the boys after a show until the wee hours. It was an amazing night full of laughter, serious talks, food, cold beverages, and music. Such. A down to earth group of people. Best night ever!

Katrinapeterman
Katrinapeterman

First live G love and special sauce show for me was back in 99 in Rome New York on the north stage right after jamiriquoi and just before Erika badu and the legendary roots group. Sunburned and stoked!

Monica
Monica

G. Love memory - watching you open with "Rainbow" as the rain cleared at the Gorge and a double rainbow emerged...rockin'.  I wasn't there for Dave Matthews, I was there to see G. Love!

Allie
Allie

As any self-respecting G. Love & Special Sauce fan knows, their albums work better in the bedroom than a bottle of really good cabernet and Pfizer’s little blue pills.  My man leaned over and whispered in my ear, “Can I get you another glass of wine and maybe turn on some G. Love for you?” (Clearly, he has great taste in both music and women.)


Somewhere after the beginning of Lemonade’s “Hot Cookin’” things got warm and I’m pretty sure I was knocked up by the end of The Hustle’s “Give it to you.”


Fast forward a couple years later and the world has an ass-kickin’ hellion toddler who rocks out to deep tracks and old funk. (Her favorite songs include G. Love’s “Holla!”, Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain”, and Charlie Hope’s “Wheels on the Bus.”)


If a little aphrodisiac playlist on an iPod could do all that— what could “Sugar” on vinyl trigger? Twins?


PSA: Kids, please use G. Love & Special Sauce responsibly… Now I need a remix of “Wheels on the Bus” mixed with “Back of the Bus” on G.L.A.S.S. the Kids’ Album.

Arnie Tango
Arnie Tango

Saw G.Love & Special Sauce 20 years ago in Rennes (France) and meet G.love coming out of his tour bus and he just gave me a 45 rpm vinyl of the band FIRST BORN (a ban he produced then), as simply as saying "hello". That was my story about G. Love and vinyl!!!

bryanbarc
bryanbarc

As a young buck out to explore the world I joined the Navy and got stationed on the USS Seattle AOE-3 out of Leonardo, NJ back in '97-'99. The home port in Jersey was nothing to write home about and nothing to go back too, but the boat soon had an extended stay at the Philly Navy Yard. OK, so, not the exotic destination I had imagined, but as luck would have it a cassette of "Yeah, It's That Easy" flipped the script and became the soundtrack for one of the greatest times of my Life. It marked the beginning of an appreciation for real music and I hit the South Philly streets running. Cruising down 76, chilling at FDR, chasing girls, and getting some ink off Passyunk Ave certainly left a mark, but nothing comes close to that everlasting Philadelphonic sound. Flash forward 17 years and I'm back home with a family of my own. My oldest boy has a harmonica and a fedora, he's 4. My twin bro has a reunion tour setlist and some Sambal sauce. My wife, well, she got that sauce too and a little crush on G and that's alright. Nothing else quite like home enjoying the music you love with the people you love. Countless jams later, live shows and meet and greets with signed swag and photo ops have us plotting the next road trip to get our hip hop blues fix. Family for life, fans for Life. So, a big congrats and much love to G. Love & Special Sauce on the release of Sugar, 20 years of making such great music, and impacting lives like mine along the way. Thank you!!!!

ScottCampbell3
ScottCampbell3

This isn't so much a testament to what a fan we are (although we all G heads) but to how music becomes a soundtrack to life. Wether it's "Shooting Hoops" in the early days. Parting with "Baby's Got Sauce" or the big breakup with "Love" Philadelphonic version, which I personaly wore out. Dusting yourself off and loving again years later with the Hustles "Love" turning into "Beautiful". That first sunny day of a Canadian summer which is rare with "Let the Music Play". Slightly Stupid collaborations like "Mellow Mood" which scratches that itch and slows you down when life's speeding to get there... Kickin' Back Kickin' Back…  Some "Hobo Blues" when you just don't know what sound your looking for today. I could go on and on like my Engagement at an Arizona show during "Miss Kate" or the many years that have followed right up to "One Night Romance", which feels like it's always existed. No these days, 2 kids later, I don't get to the record store like I used to but we spin the black circle daily. There is only one thing like it and they got together great. I have yet to pick up this record but will one way or another. 

"Thanks and Praise"

CourtneyJ
CourtneyJ

What's your favorite G. Love and Special Sauce moment? How can I choose just one? I have been to over 25 G. Love shows and every one has been amazing. These boys light up the stage when they are together. I have NEVER seen a bad show! NEVER! I do have a few moments that stick out!

I have seen GLASS all over the state of MD, DC, and VA. But I traveled to Philly one summer to see him. It was a defining moment for me; seeing G in his home town with a group of people who knew all songs, old and new, and were true fans like me! The whole crowd singing along to all songs. It was probably the best show I have seen because of the enthusiasm from the crowd. (Because GLASS lights up the stage everywhere, every time)!

In August 2013, I saw GLASS in OC, MD and G. Handed me the set list. This WAS the most memorable moment for me. I was on cloud 9! I felt like there was a slight chance that G recognized me from all the shows I had attended. (A girl can dream). Then, I went to see the Sugar Tour in Feb. First of all, having Jimi Jazz back was phenomenal. Incredible. Seeing the original trio, play two whole sets, and being on "my" front row post. It was another incredible show! But then it happened. The show was over and G handed me the set list. AGAIN. Now this sent my mind in overdrive. He MUST recognize me!

So, maybe I do have a favorite moment. Truthfully, I have so many moments that I have loved at their shows. I believe that they all add up to make the moments I have specified above mean so much more.

Frank Bard
Frank Bard

It ain't easy to come up with a single best memory of GLASS, there's a lot to choose from. They always bring the funk live, they have for twenty years. Off the top of my head, I'm thinkin' of just last year at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard. It was packed wall to wall, crowd got their mad buzz on, sweat and beer and weed in the air, adrenalized harmonies pumpin' up both the band and the fans, G was on fire with his axe n' harp tearin' through a beefy set with the likes of Peace Love and Happiness, Garbage Man, I-76, Sauce, and even a few tasty deep cuts. At the end of a powerhouse version of Jersey, G made a seamless transition into a stream-of-consciousness freestyle rap egging the crowd on for off-the-top-of-their-head subjects he'd rhyme right there on the spot. The crowd tried to throw him with suggestions like 'lesbians,' 'scuba gear,' and the most memorable topic, "Motherfuckin' bunny rabbits?!! Aww shit, where do ya think we are, man?" G said, before launching into a hilarious improv spit on just that, bunny rabbits. It was epically boisterous, the crowd loved it, capping off a stellar performance before the encore. SoCal doesn't get much top end blues-hip hop fusion, but when GLASS is in town, we do it up right with the man in charge.

Keith Oliver
Keith Oliver

First G. Love show I attended I had to leave unexpectedly after the second song. Second show was cut short by G. Love himself having to rush and fly back home for a family emergency. Finally the third time around I got to see the complete show and meet and greet afterwards. He autographed two of my LP's also!

Shaun Mooney
Shaun Mooney

I have been to a lot of G.Love and Special sauce shows. They are always a good time. The most memorable to me, was a show in Kansas City at the River Market. Shows are prohibited there now. Which is to bad because it was great venue. I remember the weather was perfect. I was with the best of friends, and G.Love come out on stage wearing a Kansas City Royals Jersey. He sat down in a chair and started play. I was entranced with his guitar play, His knees moving in and out as his right shoulder moving up and down. I remember one song more than other, Stepping Stones. Stepping Stones may not be my favorite song of his, but it was my favorite song of the night.  

Brendon
Brendon

I've been a huge fan of G. Love and Special Sauce ever since I heard 'Cold Beverage" off of his '94 release and I've loved every album all the way to his newest once. My favorite being Philadelphonic, Lemonade, and Superhero Brother. The defining moment for me was when I saw G. Love perform at Lollaplooza 2007. He used the microphone as slide on his guitar and his entire crew performed so well on stage! The whole set was one of the most entertaining and enjoyable of the whole weekend. I will always throw G. Love on, no matter what time of day or season, it fits in life no matter what!!

RobGriffin
RobGriffin

Garrett, Jeffrey, and Jim have always had a special place in my heart. I remember the first time I heard the self-titled, on the way home from a hiking trip, I was way into it from the first couple bars of "Things That I Used To Do."  The upright bass coupled with the skinny kid with the Philly accent laying down rhymes over a dobro with a solid, hollow snare beat was something totally new to me.  When I first heard the album, at the ripe old age of 18 or 19, it was a pretty formative time in my life for musical appreciation, I was immersed in jazz and blues; Miles Davis, Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Elmore James, Howlin Wolf, and BB King.  I felt like I got turned onto their sound at just the right time, and for a reason.  I was living and growing up in south central Pennsylvania, and started making weekend trips to Philly to visit friends in college, being a kid from a small town, I received my urban education from these trips and learned a lot about where Garrett got his sound and how he developed it.  


I started doing promo work for the band in 1999 when they released Philadelphonic, hanging flyers, passing out stickers, spreading the word and in return, I would get into shows of theirs for free.  Not a bad deal for a broke kid like me who loved music and was scraping to pay rent at his first apartment.


There was one show in particular that made me a lifelong fan of Garrett and company.   They were doing a show at the Recher Theater in Towson, MD, and I was on the guest list, but was broke as hell and lived about an hour and a half away from the venue.  I decided to spend my last 20 bucks in gas and head to the show.  No money for beer, cd's, just enough to get there, harass the bartender for water, and head back home.  Because of Garrett and his boys on his management team, I wound up on the bus after the show, hanging out with everybody.  They gave me a few beers, burned one with me, and let me hang out and be a part of.  One of the coolest experiences I've ever had, especially for a young music lover.  I've seen them a bunch of times since, bought album after album, and will continue to support them until they call it a career, not only is their music solid and honest, but they let this guy be one of the cool kids for night, and come away with a great story to tell.


JenSteffen
JenSteffen

The first time I heard G Love, my roommate and best friend was playing Cold Beverages. I was floored. She danced around the apartment and when she saw me, she smiled and took my hands and danced with me. We listened to the entire album all afternoon. We went out separate ways after a time and I hadn't gotten a copy of the album of my own. I was pleasantly surprised to find out my brother had the album. I am only minorly ashamed to admit that I copied his album for my car with full intention to get that and the rest for my own collection. Just hasn't happened yet. I could have died knowing I was outside First Avenue while they played inside, just last week. Student status had taken its toll on my finances. Love the Sauce!

jonbbrad
jonbbrad

The first time I saw G Love live was at 9:30 club with Special Sauce. I had to convince a head banger friend of mine to check out the show with me since I needed a ride and I live about 1.5 hours away from 9:30... though hesitate at first by the end of the night my buddy was converted! Now, whenever I hear G Love I remember that night and the great time we had... my buddy left us about 3 years ago, so I'm glad I have that memory to look back on and make me smile.

Tasha T
Tasha T

One of the highlights in my life was meeting G Love at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL!  Such a refreshing change from the main stream on our local radio stations. People who do not know of him are missing out. I have every one of his albums and am purchasing Sugar from I Tunes when I am done with this post.

Brett Nelson
Brett Nelson

I will never forget the first time I heard G Love and the Special Sauce. I was in 8th grade at basketball practice and one of my friend's older brothers was helping with practice. He put a tape in the boombox we had for music during practice. Cold Beverages started playing and I was hooked! Now, twenty years later, I am still in love with G Love and Special Sauce! I just went to 3 of their concerts and make it a point to see G Love at least once a year! Best part this year, I got not one, but two setlist from G Love! AMAZING! Oh, and I may have introduced many of my friends throughout my life to them!

MsScranton077
MsScranton077

In the spring of ’94, I was a junior in high school.  I had just met my future husband (although we didn't know that at the time), and the first G Love and Special Sauce album was released.

We spent countless hours listening to that album, and falling in love.  It was such an awesome time in both our lives.  Anytime I listen to it, I am shot back in time to the glory days of that time.  “Baby Got Sauce” was one of our wedding dances.  Anyone who knew us was not surprised.  We have everything that was put out by G Love, and G Love and Special Sauce.

A friend of ours had shown it to us, and we were hooked.  There is quite a group of us that have been devoted fans since day one, and we have attended shows together having a blast at every single one. Once, my husband and I traveled 8 hours to Ohio to see a show with my brother!  It was the only reason we were going.  We drove 8 hours one day, saw the show the next, and drove home the following Sunday.

Seeing the show at the Metro in Chicago last Friday was so much fun that I have a hard time putting into words.  To hear that first album played live from start to finish was a dream come true. 20 years of being in love with my husband, and this awesome band. It was such a great night!

I have to say that one of my favorites was when “Lemonade” came out.  They played a small venue in our little nook of the Midwest.  It was very intimate, and one of the best times any of us had at a show.  ANY show. 

It was an all ages show, and a couple (also HUGE G Love fans) we are friends with brought their 10 year old son and his friend.  The kids were allowed to get in front of the rope and hang out right there next to the small stage (they were the only 2 kids there).  It was so small that they had their elbows on it while they were on their knees. For the record, these kids were already fans and they knew that music before the show.

G Love was so cool!  He put the mic to these kids to sing the “ain’t goin’ back” part of “Can’t go Back to Jersey”.  They were in heaven, and so were we! 

After it was over, he gave both those kids a harmonica.  Some chick tried to grab one, and G Love mean-mugged her and was sure the kids got them.  It was awesome!

The next time he played there, we got to meet him, and I thought I was going to die.  I have a picture with him, and I have the dumbest look on my face because I was star struck and stupid-excited.  Since the kids didn't get to go to that show, we all smoked a joint with him in the alley and I just stood next to him with a stupid look on my face loving every minute of it.  

JChaps
JChaps

Two things immediately come to mind...


First is a memory of visiting my brother while he was working at Beacon Street Studios.  They do advertising jingles and sound design, and were working on a spot for Coke, a remake of "Teach the World to Sing" done in the style of G. Love.  The ad agency was trying different versions out, so the guys at Beacon Street were working on recording their version.  I was asked to weigh in on the feel of the sound, being the resident "expert" on G. Love.  They had to add a steel guitar, and pull the baffle out of the bass drum so it could get a boomier kick.  They then they asked me to lay down some additional drum tracks to add to the mix since the studio drummer had left for the day.  Brian is ten years older, so we were never close growing up, but we share a passion for music and it was so great getting to work together in the studio.


And second, is "Cold Beverage" remaining a theme repeated often in my home.  Since 1997, we've been telling each other to clean up the leftovers (or new groceries, extra Coke from the pantry, etc.) and "stick it in the fridge, stick it in the fridge, stick it in the fridge".  My wife doesn't much appreciate when I tell her to "Go, girl, work the cold one", but she'll never escape it.



btw
btw

When I was in high school the boy I had a huge crush on was a big G. Love and the Special Sauce fan.  We spent many a time fooling around in his car while The Best of G. Love and Special Sauce played in the background.  I don't talk to him anymore, but the music stuck, and I've been fan ever since. 

MsScranton077
MsScranton077

I still have the shirt I am clutching. Bought it at the show and had it signed :)

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