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G. Love

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G. Love
Birth nameGarrett Dutton
Born (1972-10-03) October 3, 1972 (age 51)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Instrument(s)Guitar, harmonica, vocals
LabelsBrushfire, Republic, Thirty Tigers

Garrett Dutton (born October 3, 1972), better known as G. Love, is an American singer, rapper and musician best known as the frontman for the band G. Love & Special Sauce.


Dutton, the son of a banking lawyer, was born in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, and began playing guitar at age eight. He wrote his first song by the time he was in the ninth grade and began playing harmonica in a wire rack. Dutton credits Bob Dylan and John Hammond Jr., as well as the then-contemporary "old school" hip-hop sounds of Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, and Philadelphia's own Schoolly D, as influences.

Dutton, who attended high school at the private Germantown Friends School, began playing solo on the streets of Philadelphia. After one year at Skidmore College, Dutton dropped out and relocated to Boston, working as a fundraiser for Peace Action and playing wherever and whenever he could.

Shortly after moving to Boston, Dutton met Tom DeMille, a local producer Dutton later nicknamed T-Time, a reference to DeMille’s appreciation for both music and golf). DeMille had hung a flyer at local music store 'Daddy's Junky Music,’ describing his desire to combine blues influences (like Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Little Walter, etc.) with modern music to create a new sound. This appealed to Dutton, whose approach to music was similar to what DeMille described. Initially, Dutton had focused on recording songs including “Yeah, It's That Easy” and “This Ain't Living,” that combined street influences with classic blues instrumentation. Early renditions were typically Dobro guitar over an early-1990s hip-hop beat, backed by synth bass and keys played by T-Time. In 1992, Dutton and DeMille realized that neither of them was particularly good at programming drum tracks, and Dutton began looking for help in that area.

One of his few indoor gigs at this time was a Boston bar called The Tam O'Shanter (a Boston institution which was in business until 2018), where he met drummer Jeffrey "The Houseman" Clemens in January 1993. Dutton and Clemens began working as a duo, and were joined a few months later by bassist Jim "Jimi Jazz" Prescott. This trio became the house band on Mondays at The Plough and Stars in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 1993, DeMille flew to New York to meet with a Los Angeles–based producer who had connections to Michael Jackson (arranged through a family friend). DeMille shared some studio and live recordings of Dutton, who had just started going by the moniker G. Love. Later in 1993, G. Love and Special Sauce (as the trio was now called) signed a record deal and released their first album in 1994.

G. Love featured Jack Johnson on his 1999 album Philadelphonic playing an early version of Jack Johnson's "Rodeo Clowns" when Jack was an unknown artist. Jack later featured the song on his 2003 album On and On. G. Love met Johnson through a mutual surf buddy who said, "Hey man, there's this kid you got to meet. He's a big fan and he's got this song called rodeo clowns and I think it's really great and I really think you should hear it." After that G Love saw Johnson's effortless style and potential and invited him into the studio to record the now-famous "Rodeo Clowns".[1]

Garrett dated Tristan Prettyman and wrote the song "Beautiful" with her while they were dating.[2]

Known for his live shows, he is often seen touring with Jack Johnson and Citizen Cope. As a producer, Johnson signed G. Love to his record label Brushfire Records. He has made appearances on the records of artists such as Slightly Stoopid and Donavon Frankenreiter, and has toured with Dave Matthews.

In 2009, he collaborated with Zap Mama on their album ReCreation, singing on the single "Drifting".

In 2010, G. Love joined forces with The Avett Brothers who produced and are featured on his album "Fixin' to Die". The album was released under the Brushfire label on February 22, 2011.


Studio albums – solo[edit]

Studio albums – with Special Sauce[edit]

Bootlegs, demos or outtake albums[edit]

  • Back in the Day (1993) [with Special Sauce]
  • G. Love In the King's Court (Fishtown Records – 1998; available online or at live shows, also Chicken Platters Records -1996 CP002) [as King's Court]
  • Oh Yeah (Philadelphonic Records – 1998) [Solo]
  • Has Gone Country (1998) [Solo]
  • Rappin' Blues EP (1999) [with Special Sauce]
  • Front Porch Loungin' (2000) [with Special Sauce]
  • Long Way Down (Philadelphonic Records – 2009 Australia & New Zealand only release) [with Special Sauce]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Best Of (Sony – 2002) [with Special Sauce]
  • Playlist: The Very Best of G. Love & Special Sauce (The Okeh Years) (Epic/Legacy – 2013) [with Special Sauce]


  1. ^ "Garrett Dutton AKA G.Love (Of G.Love and Special Sauce) Shares Cannabis Stories – the Mary Jane Experience". maryjaneexperience.com. Archived from the original on March 30, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  2. ^ "G. Love and Special Sauce Live at Ram's Head Onstage on 2006-08-22 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. August 22, 2006. Retrieved April 3, 2020.

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