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Friday, February 13, 2015

G. Love & Special Sauce's Garrett Dutton Is Living his Dream

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"I think our new record has been really great for us to look back, but push forward. It's heavy with the blues and heavy with the hip-hop influence, although it's more blues influence," he says.

Overall, Sugar is a meditation on the dream of performing music professionally. "It's like the more success you have as a musician, the harder it is on your family and personal life because the more you work, the longer you're away from your loved ones. You always kind of miss home," he says.

G. Love & Special Sauce is constantly touring. For Dutton, performing live has been key for his career, bringing a kind of euphoria that has become addictive for him. He regularly tours with the band but goes on solo acoustic tours as well, allowing him to express different sides of himself as a musician. He finds that there is more freedom as a solo performer, but he also enjoys touring with his bandmates and being part of something larger.

Though he's lived his dream as a successful musician, his career hasn't been without mistakes. He recognizes that one of his biggest errors was rushing to record his second album Coast to Coast Motel, both because he wasn't happy with his band's debut G. Love and Special Sauce and because he felt passed up by hip-hop.

"Once we hit the scene, because of the hip-hop and the blues influence, and us being three white kids, and me being twenty years old, everybody wanted to be like, 'Oh, how can you be a rapper?' Or, 'How can you play the blues?' We kind of turned our back on the thing that made us sticky in the first place, and took the hip-hop out of it and did a real blues kind of record."

The band's second album abandoned the original blueprint that Dutton had created, taking a more blues-influenced route instead. Regardless, he takes his mistakes in stride -- there's a lot he's learned over the course of his twenty-year music career, especially since he grew up on the road.

"I wish I could tell myself to really learn how to play the game, and find the balance between like working the music business and playing it as a game, and keeping your soul and your music true," he says. "Every opportunity presents a number of different outcomes -- nowadays when I go on stage or play a festival, or go out to an event or sit alone in my room and practice, I try and really think about the big picture: What can we achieve from this situation? I think that's important."

G. Love and Special Sauce 8 p.m. February 14. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. $22.50 to $25. 314-726-6161.

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