G-Love and Special Sauce at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, March 13, 2009

March 16, 2009

Guitar Player Concert Reviews

Although some find it surprising that G-Love could headline the Warfield with only support from Eric Hutchinson to help fill the place, that’s precisely what Mr. Love (aka Garrett Dutton) and company did this past Friday. The mis en scene—a creepy, cold Friday the 13th—did not dampen the enthusiasm of the partygoers, who were jacked up and happy to hear G-Love’s winning combination of old-school blues and R&B stylings and hip-hop beats and sensibilities. The dude did not disappoint. In addition to his gut-bucket acoustic work (as well as tasty and blissfully un-histrionic harmonica playing), G-Love got a lot of trigger time on his signature Grestch Electromatic Corvette. He really cut loose on that green machine, with extended, bluesy leads that either sounded like Jimmy Page or sounded like he listened to the same guys that Page listened to. In either case, it was a night of infectious tunes and masterful grooves, with the frontman beautifully supported by his funky and incredibly solid rhythm section of Jeff Clemens on drums and the amazing Jim Prescott on upright and electric bass. Prescott’s intonation and knowledge of how and when to employ his chops were practically worth the price of admission and just totally inspiring. Not surprisingly, though, it was G-Love who carried the night with one of the best meldings of old and new that we’ve seen in a long time. Damn! –Matt Blackett

For a review of the Gretsch G-Love Electromatic Corvette, go to http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/gretsch-g-love/jan-09/92095

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