G. Love & Special Sauce make plans for 20th anniversary

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G. Love & Special Sauce have announced plans to make 2014 a little extra special. Along with the release of a new album, the band will soon embark on a winter tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. The Boston-bred/Philadelphia-based band will return to the Hub for a performance at the House of Blues on Friday, February 14. Tickets for the Valentine’s Day show, which will also feature opener Kristy Lee, are available through Live Nation for $25 and $34.50.

Along with the upcoming tour, G. Love & Special Sauce will release a brand new album entitled Sugar on April 22. Both the tour and the album reunites frontman Garrett Dutton (better known as “G. Love”) with the group’s original members James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott (bass) and Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens (drums) for the first time in eight years. The upcoming trek will feature the band performing 1994’s G. Love & Special Sauce in its entirety for the first set. The classic album features fan favorites “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce”.

Recorded mainly at Brushfire Records’ “Solar Powered Plastic Plant” studio in Los Angeles, Sugar is the band’s tenth studio effort and follow-up to 2011’s Fixin’ to Die. Along with the reunited lineup, the album features an array of special guest musicians including Merry Clayton, Ben Harper, Marc Broussard, Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, trumpeter Shamarr Allen and Kristy Lee. Fans can get a taste of the new material with lead single “Nothing Quite Like Home”, which is streaming below.

“We wanted to take it back to the old-school vibe of the first record, those rich, warm sounds from when we were rocking small clubs and going on that acoustic feeling,” explained Prescott in a press release.

Prior to the show in Boston, G. Love & Special will deliver a free performance at Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den in Uncasville, Connecticut on Thursday, February 13.

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