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HINDER

Hinder

Hinder, the multi-platinum Oklahoma City rockers, are gearing up for their fifth studio album When the Smoke Clears (set for release via The End Records/ADA this spring).

Singalong anthems, such as “Get Stoned” and “Lips Of An Angel,” shot them to megastardom, establishing Hinder as the next wave in anthemic rock. Now with over a decade-plus career under their belts, and having honed their live chops touring with the likes of Mötley Crüe, Nickelback, Aerosmith, and Papa Roach, Hinder’s upcoming album with their official new lead vocalist Marshal Dutton has breathed new sound, and new air, into the ever-evolving band.

"We've made a really great record," said drummer Cody Hanson. "Once the fans get a hold of it, they will be very happy with it. This band was built around a strong core of hard work and friendship. Like it or not, we're going to be around for a long time."

The band, which released its debut Extreme Behavior in 2005, followed by 2008's Take It to the Limit, 2010's All American Nightmare, and 2012's Welcome to the Freak Show, has every reason to have that kind of unfettered confidence in the new album. They have an unfuckwithable foundation, one that is bolstered by true friendships and proven know-how when it comes to writing and recording songs.

The songs on When the Smoke Clears run the gamut from rowdy rock to subtle country influence to memorable pop hooks, all of which retain the DNA-distinct spirit of Hinder. That ability to walk the tightrope between genres, without a net, is something Hanson is proud of. "We can cross genres whenever we want," he said. "We don't want to be a band that can only do that one thing. We have something for everyone. We've always been that way. Having the ability to do our own production, having our own studio, gives us a chance to experiment and try new things."

"Hit the Ground" is a key song on the album, since the lyrical content is so genuine. "Through the years, we've been known as a party band," Hanson acknowledged. "That is still our thing, but we've lived every lyric in this song. We know what it feels like to have our entire world crash down around us. The song shows fans where we were mentally. And we know how true the last line of the chorus really is." The line he is referencing – the powerful statement that "Falling feels like flying 'til you hit the ground."

It was during the album cycle for their fourth album, 2012's Welcome to the Freak Show, when Hinder made the decision to part ways with longtime vocalist Austin Winkler. The band also left its longtime label digs at Republic Records and settled in at powerhouse indie label, The End Records.

What might seem like a time of uncertainty on paper was actually fueling the band's forward progress in reality.

Dutton, a part of the Hinder family since 2009, began co-writing/producing on the All American Nightmare album and has been a co-producer on every Hinder release since. He fell right in line, making the transition seamless without requiring any sort of learning curve or adjustment period, since Dutton was joining forces with a well-oiled machine, the members of which trust each other implicitly.

"Marshal has been helping mold the Hinder sound for several years,” says Hanson. “Whenever we're working together, everything just feels right and it clicks. We couldn't be happier to finally announce him as an official member."

Despite the period of change, it was actually the Hinder faithful that inspired the band to continue on – Hinder’s direct, personal connection to their fans that Hanson, Garvey, King, and Rodden worked diligently through the years to forge.

Hanson admitted, "We knew a change had to be made or we couldn't continue. We had fans reach out to us, asking us to figure out a way to keep going forward. That meant a lot to us. So we did what we had to do. The four of us have been playing music together for over a decade now. It's crazy to think we have spent as much time together as we have over the years and we're still such great friends. That's what sets this band apart. It's an amazing support system."

The fans are the only ones Hinder have to prove anything to. But Hinder know their audience and what their fans relate to, and they are confident that fans will respond to When the Smoke Clears. With a repository of hook-filled anthems that speak directly to their diehards, how could they not?

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CHRIS KATTAN & FRIENDS

Chris Kattan & Friends

Kattan was a member of several improv/sketch comedy troupes one of them being The Groundlings in Los Angeles. His father was an original member of the troupe. Kattan also did some minor roles on TV, including the first episode of the second season of NewsRadio, "No, This Is Not Based Entirely on Julie's Life," as a photo shop employee.

He moved to New York City to work on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2003. His recurring characters included Mr. Peepers, Mango, Azrael Abyss, Kyle DeMarco from The DeMarco Brothers, Gay Hitler, Suel Forrester (known for the term "dagitybo") and, most notably, one half of the Butabi Brothers with fellow SNL (and Groundlings) cast member Will Ferrell, known for their trademark head-bobbing. Kattan and Ferrell continued the characters in 1998's A Night at the Roxbury.

Kattan has made one appearance on Broadway, playing Xanthias in a production of Aristophanes' The Frogs until his replacement during previews by Roger Bart. Kattan was set to host the game show Gameshow In My Head and even filmed the pilot episode in Hollywood. However, he was replaced with Joe Rogan for the series.

Kattan appeared in a Diet Pepsi MAX commercial during Super Bowl XLII that featured "What Is Love" and had many actors in the commercial performing the Butabi head bob.

In August 2009 Kattan starred in the IFC miniseries Bollywood Hero, where he portrays himself and the difficulties he faces after a career as a comic actor, trying to attain leading man status.

Starting in fall of 2009, Kattan appeared in a supporting role in The Middle. Kattan plays Bob, a colleague of Frankie Heck's at Mr. Ehlert's car dealership.

Kattan appeared in the May 17episode of How I Met Your Mother as a star in a fictional movie within the show. He played himself acting as Jed Mosely, a character based on the main character Ted with an arrogant personality.

In December 2011, Kattan made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live's Christmas show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon

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CHRIS KATTAN & FRIENDS

Chris Kattan & Friends

Kattan was a member of several improv/sketch comedy troupes one of them being The Groundlings in Los Angeles. His father was an original member of the troupe. Kattan also did some minor roles on TV, including the first episode of the second season of NewsRadio, "No, This Is Not Based Entirely on Julie's Life," as a photo shop employee.

He moved to New York City to work on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2003. His recurring characters included Mr. Peepers, Mango, Azrael Abyss, Kyle DeMarco from The DeMarco Brothers, Gay Hitler, Suel Forrester (known for the term "dagitybo") and, most notably, one half of the Butabi Brothers with fellow SNL (and Groundlings) cast member Will Ferrell, known for their trademark head-bobbing. Kattan and Ferrell continued the characters in 1998's A Night at the Roxbury.

Kattan has made one appearance on Broadway, playing Xanthias in a production of Aristophanes' The Frogs until his replacement during previews by Roger Bart. Kattan was set to host the game show Gameshow In My Head and even filmed the pilot episode in Hollywood. However, he was replaced with Joe Rogan for the series.

Kattan appeared in a Diet Pepsi MAX commercial during Super Bowl XLII that featured "What Is Love" and had many actors in the commercial performing the Butabi head bob.

In August 2009 Kattan starred in the IFC miniseries Bollywood Hero, where he portrays himself and the difficulties he faces after a career as a comic actor, trying to attain leading man status.

Starting in fall of 2009, Kattan appeared in a supporting role in The Middle. Kattan plays Bob, a colleague of Frankie Heck's at Mr. Ehlert's car dealership.

Kattan appeared in the May 17episode of How I Met Your Mother as a star in a fictional movie within the show. He played himself acting as Jed Mosely, a character based on the main character Ted with an arrogant personality.

In December 2011, Kattan made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live's Christmas show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon

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BERT KRIESCHER

Bert Kriescher & Marc Yafee

BERT KREISCHER is a standup comic who performs to sellout crowds across the country. He is the host of the Travel Channel's Trip Flip, an upcoming new season of the hit Bert the Conqueror, and previously hosted Hurt Bert.  He is a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience and The Rachael Ray Show and has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His one-hour special Comfortably Dumb appeared on Comedy Central and his book Life of the Party, Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child shares the hilarious and outrageous stories that define his comedy and exemplify what has made him one of the best story-tellers of his generation.  

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ROAD TO VEGAS: GHOSTSHIP vs NOAH TOWNS vs GYPSY LOVER

GHOSTSHIP VS NOAH TOWNS VS GYPSY LOVER

GHOSTSHIP
Based out of the Midwest in Sioux City, Iowa, GhostShip has been tearing up stages since 1999.  The music bleeds with influences from Iron Maiden, Michael Schenker, Skid Row, Metallica and a score of other hard rock/metal bands.  GhostShip have released two full length CD’s: 2003’s “The Debauchery” and 2013’s “Etched in Stone” which have received airplay all over the world and are available on iTunes and almost every other download and streaming site.  GhostShip has shared the stage with many national acts, including Great White, Slaughter, Quiet Riot, LA Guns, BulletBoys and many more. The men of GhostShip liken back to the days when metal ruled and the party only stopped when the tour bus left in the morning.  GhostShip puts on a high energy rock show, so don’t miss them the next time they come to your city.
NOAH TOWNS & THE OTHER BROTHERS
Noah Towns and The Other Brothers is  a local Sioux City band that plays classic rock ‘n’ roll and bar music.  The band as it exists today formed in November of 2014 after officially adding Noah Towns to The Other Brothers line-up.  All 4 of the band members attended Morningside College and were members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a music fraternity.  NTOB, an abbreviation of the band name created by fans, uses the power of music to reach its audiences with a healthy mix of tried and true rock covers and original music.  Their sound is aggressive, soulful, and rich.  The band has had great success early on with multiple showings at The Chesterfield and some private venues with crowds topping 100 people, nearly 400 Facebook page likes in just a few months, and opportunities to play in events/fairs/festivities around Iowa and Nebraska.  NTOB is excited to work with the Sioux City Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to spread their message of celebration and joy in music. 
GYPSY LOVER

Gypsy Lover is one of Sioux City’s premier local talents. The band showcases their skills with current and classic hits from both Country and Rock.  After a brief hiatus the band is back to showcase new songs, attitude, and are sure you get any party started.

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FRANKIE BALLARD

Frankie Ballard

FRANKIE BALLARD
 The best music is about connection, that place where words and music allow an
artist's reality to fire real emotion in listeners. And it's just that connection that has been at the heart of Frankie Ballard's rise as an artist. "I see people relating to the words of these songs," he says, "using the lyrics to reflect on their own lives.”

Nowhere has that been more evident than in Ballard's breakthrough Top 15 hit, "Helluva Life." Fans are owning every line as they sing it back in concert and use social media to share their own stories of good times and bad, and the way romance puts a shine on all of it. As they sometimes do, the song's maxim that "bad times make the good times better" has become a rallying cry and a life-affirming motto. It also rings true to the life Ballard himself has been living.

"I've been slugging it out on the road for a long, long time," he says with a characteristic smile, "and it's great when I'm far from home to have people out there know who I am and to feel like we've created a real bond."

"Helluva Life" is the opener from Sunshine & Whiskey, an album that announces Ballard as one of the genre's most nuanced singers and writers, someone whose long road history and wide musical taste add substance to his obvious surface appeal. He first hit the public spotlight with two Top 30 singles, "Tell Me You Get Lonely" and "A Buncha Girls," appearing on the Grand Ole Opry and playing packed arenas opening for Kenny Chesney and on major tours with Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger. But he took a different musical approach for Sunshine & Whiskey. "I'm really proud of this album," he says. "It's got songs that really mean something to me and I knew they would mean something to other people. It's got lots of different emotions, from partying and having fun to some really deep stuff. It's an emotional journey as well as a musical journey."

The fun side includes "Whiskey" and "Drinky Drink," about which Ballard says, "I've been making music for a living for about ten years now and I've found myself in a bit of trouble from time to time. The two things that always put me there—women… and whiskey." "Don't You Wanna Fall" is about a singer, "a high-wire act without a net," with a woman he wants off the pedestal he's put her on. "He's saying, 'Come down here to my level where it's real,’" Ballard says. At the deep end is "Don't Tell Mama I Was Drinking," a song that hearkens to the stories of tragedy and despair that were once a country mainstay--"It sounds like something Waylon Jennings would cut," he says. That diversity is a key component of the record.

"My approach was to pick great songs," he adds, "whether or not I thought they fit any trends. Some are old school, some are new school, but if it moved me, I'd record it. People are going to be able to sink their teeth into this from track one all the way down to track eleven." The album also revisits two songs from his earlier recordings--"Tell Me You Get Lonely," which he calls "a song people identify with me that we're including as a bonus," and "Sober Me Up, "a favorite song of mine that I felt slipped through the cracks." In fact, it was those earlier recordings that led Ballard to his re-energized approach to writing and recording Sunshine & Whiskey. What had been missing, he realized, was a blue-collar sense of crafting his own product from the bottom up, of putting his stamp on every step of the process. He decided to retool, looking for a likeminded producer, and his search led to Altman, whose work with "bayou soul" singer Marc Broussard he was particularly fond of. "I wanted to get somebody who would let me get my hands on the music," he says. "I wanted to let it grow organically, to build tracks an instrument at a time and play a bunch on the record. And Marshall and I found a connection. He loves to work and to experiment.”

The pair would get together for late-night sessions Ballard describes as "freeing. I was making music that was coming from deep within me. If I didn't like something, we'd change it, and if we liked something, we'd chase it and try to get it perfect. It was an unbelievably cool experience." The excitement translated easily to his team. "I knew and the label believed I was making music that mattered," he says. In fact, legendary producer and label exec Scott Hendricks (Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn) signed on as co-producer, providing additional direction. The album, Ballard says, "represents the beginning of what people will call my sound." It's a mixture of influences, from country classics to blues legends, from Southern rock to contemporary sounds, all held together by the force of his artistic personality. Like heroes including Willie Nelson and Hank Jr., he makes everything he touches his own, a result, more than anything, of a decade of honing his craft on stages all over the country. "This music was born on the road," he says. "I'm the product of going out and making it happen, finding out what works. My influences fall everywhere from Bob Seger to Howlin' Wolf to Jerry Reed, and through the years it’s all come together in my songwriting and playing. People who listen are going to hear me from top to bottom." They will hear his background in every note. He's a product of Battle Creek, Michigan, a working-class town where he grew up "loving Elvis and Johnny Horton." 

Sports-obsessed as a kid, he played baseball at Western Michigan University, while he gradually turned a minor interest in music into his main passion. He studied guitarists, including blues great Buddy Guy, locking himself away until he could excel at the instrument. He began playing open mic nights and played drums in a band. By the time he was out of college, he was leading his own band, playing 200+ nights a year within a 300-mile radius and taking trips to Nashville once-a-month. Through it all, he has never lost his love for doing what he does best--taking his music to the people.

"My bread and butter is playing live," he says. "The band and I really hammer the road and I don't want to slow down. We give everything we've got to put on a heck of a show. And the best is when the connection comes through one of your songs. To watch someone sing your song at the top of their lungs because they've been through the same thing, well, that means as much to a performer as it does to a fan, and that's what keeps me going. I'm always trying to push myself to the next level with my stage performance. The fans deserve something great."

Capturing the essence of his energetic stage shows, Sunshine & Whiskey represents the perfect re-emergence for a singer whose journey reflects all of life’s ups and downs. “Sometimes it's just busting your butt--at least that's what my journey has been. I want people to go, 'This guy knows where I've been.'" Night after night, show after show, that's just the connection Frankie Ballard is making
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MICHAEL KOSTA

Michael Kosta

Michael Kosta is a stand-up comedian who currently hosts and co-executive produces The Comment Section for The Kardashian Network (formerly E!).  The show, which is also produced by Joel McHale, deconstructs the daily goings-on of pop culture via social media. Previously, Michael was seen on Fox Sports 1’s, Crowd Goes Wild, on which he and Regis Philbin lead a panel of experts in a lighthearted look at the world of sports. Kosta started out as an athlete; he is quick to point out that he was once-ranked number 864 in the world in professional tennis and earned over $11,000 on tour.  Don't laugh, that's $11,000 more than you made as a pro athlete.

 

Kosta gained attention as a comedian when he broke out of the HBO Comedy and Arts Festival in Aspen.  He quickly relocated to Los Angeles where he began his television career; he made regular appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno & Chelsea Lately before both those hosts drowned in their money and ended their shows.  He has performed on Conan, @Midnight, Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and also starred in his own comedy special, Comedy Central Presents: Michael Kosta.  As a host, Michael acted as a know-it-all correspondent for E!’s spinoff of The Soup, entitled The Soup Investigates, and was recently seen guest hosting the hit G4 series, Attack of The Show; that stint ended after Kosta caused the show as well as the network to be cancelled (the media says that the network was being reformatted, but we know better).  Kosta has also developed or starred in pilots for NBC, Fox, and MTV that were all colossal failures.

 

In 2015, Kosta released his first comedy album on Comedy Dynamics Records, Comedy For Attractive People.  Please don't listen to if you are ugly.

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ROAD TO VEGAS: STONE PARK RITUAL vs MIDWEST PUNKS vs BLACK DEATH JET SET

STONE PARK RITUAL vs MIDWEST PUNKS vs BLACK DEATH JET SET

STONE PARK RITUAL
Hailing out of Odebolt, Iowa, Stone Park Ritual is on a mission to create a unique brand of metal mixing elements of Thrash, Glam, Old School, & Modern metal to make a style of metal that is heavy but melodic & catchy. Fueled by searing leads, a rhythm section that makes you wanna move & break shit, as well as extremely dynamic vocals SPR aims to win over audiences & fans in a rapid fire fashion & is making its mark in the Iowa music scene! WE CAME, WE SAW, WE ROCKED! #GETYOURROCKSOFF

MIDWEST PUNKS
We are a hard core punk/metal band out of Yankton SD, all band members grew up in yankton. We started this band cuz we r sick of the music out there 2day! We r bringing back the punk scene! Punks untill we die!! We will play for whoever wants 2 listen, and who ever don't want 2 can stay home, cuz u might get HURT! MWP
BLACK DEATH JET SET

Black Death Jet Set is a 4 piece rock band from Sioux City, Iowa. 
Casey Schroeder-vocals and bass
Joe Hanson-guitar
Rocky Hoffman-drums
Alex Widner-keys

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JOSH ABBOTT BAND

Josh Abbott Band

JOSH ABBOTT BAND
Weeks before its Valentine’s Day release on iTunes, the Josh Abbott Band’s “Touch” was already well on its way toward being one of the most talked-about songs in Texas music of 2012. Granted, the hot-streak momentum of Abbott’s career had a lot to do with that. In the wake of the breakout success of “Oh, Tonight” (which climbed to No. 44 on Billboard’s country chart) and the title track from 2010’s regional smash “She’s Like Texas,” created a stir that reached all the way to music executives in Nashville and New York City. That set up pretty much any track that the 31-year-old singer-songwriter picked to be the lead single from his band’s much-anticipated third album nicely, ensuring it was bound to garner a fair amount of attention. But from the very first time it was played in concert or over the airwaves, it was clear that “Touch” had a lot more going for it than just good timing. From the erotic tension and release of its slow-burning verses and soaring chorus to the dramatic crescendo of fiddle and guitars at the outro, it’s a song that captures every ounce of the passion, talent, and vision that’s propelled the Josh Abbott Band to the forefront of the Texas music scene in record time. And as the rest of Small Town Family Dream proves convincingly, they’re here to stay.

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G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE

G. Love & Special Sauce

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G LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE
“When you get the spark, you got to ride that energy,” says G. Love, and that spark certainly ignites on his 10th studio full-length

Love Saves The Day. He calls the new release “the fullest realization of the hip-hop blues” that he first pioneered with Special Sauce in the early ‘90s. The album, due out October 30 on Brushfire Records, not only features G. Love’s long-term Special Sauce rhythm section – upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens – but also prominent guest performers including Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, Lucinda Williams, Citizen Cope, Ozomatli, DJ Logic, Money Mark, Zach Gill and Adam Topol.

To create their down and dirty “trashcan blues” sound, G. Love and Special Sauce returned to Brushfire Records’ Solar Powered Plastic Plant in Los Angeles. The band was excited to reteam with
Sugar engineer and producer Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson, Beastie Boys, Mars Volta). They recorded live with few edits to capture the immediacy of the music: G. Love making his guitar snarl and his harmonica moan, bassist Prescott bringing nimble funk to the bottom end and Clemens’ drum work crackling with power. “The music,” G. Love enthuses, “jumped off the tape.”

The new album completes the trilogy for G. Love that started with 2011’s
Fixin To Die. That disc stripped his music down to its roots and saw him record with The Avett Brothers, while Sugar, in G. Love’s words, “reconnected the blues with the electric side”and reunited the original trio to create the band’s signature style of blending John Lee Hooker blues with “Golden Era” hip-hop beats. On Love Saves The Day the group dives even deeper, making the grooves heavier, the music rawer and the performances more authentic.

G. Love also feels
Love Saves The Day is his most rock ‘n’ roll record yet. Just listen to the title track that opens the album and you’ll hear why. This blast of furious blues, powered by David Hidalgo’s wicked guitar work, stands toe-to-toe with the classic work of Cream and the other blues-inspired bands of the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Hidalgo, a returnee from the Sugar sessions, plays on two other songs, “Dis Song” and “That Girl.” Besides being the first tracks recorded, G. Love sees these three tunes as forming the core of the album. They also lead off the release and set the record’s rugged, raucous tone.

This wonderfully unruly spirit flows through the revved-up rendition of the old Leadbelly tune “New York City,” where G. Love does a delightfully ragged duet with celebrated singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams. On the mesmerizing “Muse,” which arose from an all-night writing session he had with his old pal Citizen Cope, G. Love’s sinewy slide guitar drives the tune’s southern rock/hip-hop hybrid groove. “Baby Why You Do Me Like That” kicks off with scratching from another old friend, D.J. Logic, and features the album’s heaviest hip-hop beats. Adding to the groove on “Muse” and “Baby…” is the energetic horn work supplied by L.A. band Ozomatli; however, their contributions really shine on “Let’s Have A Good Time,” a super funky jam that could have easily been a lost James Brown gem.

Although “Let’s Have A Good Time,” along with the catchy, power-of-love ode “Peanut Butter Lips,” rank as the lighter tunes on the album, the overall lyrical mood, as G. Love easily admits, tends to favor the darker side. Even the seemingly optimistic title track turns heavy towards the end. Standout cut “Back To Boston,” which examines a troubled relationship, was written on a drive from New York City to Boston. Longtime fans will recognize the tune from the acoustic EP
Bloodshot & Blue, but G. Love wanted to give it the full-band treatment, with the new version showcasing frequent collaborator Mark Boyce’s jazzy organ work. The rough-hewn performances on tracks like  “That Girl,” “Pick Up The Phone” and “R U Kidding Me…!” further reflect the lyrics’ raw emotions, with the sharp tongued “Dis Song” representing the peak of, as G. Love calls it, “pissedoff-ness.”

Whether angrily railing about a girl with a “shotgun tongue” in “Dis Song,” joyfully leading a party celebration in “Let’s Have A Good Time,” or solemnly addressing love woes on the solo acoustic tune “Lil’ Run Around,” G. Love’s vocals vividly express his torn-from-the-heart emotions. He has been putting more emphasis on his singing in the past few years, and feels his vocals on the new album are his strongest ever. G. Love admits that singing with Citizen Cope and Lucinda Williams on this album, and the great session singer Merry Clayton on
Sugar, made him raise his game.

He certainly has come a long way in the 20 years since drummer Clemens discovered him performing in a Boston pub. The two started playing together and, after Clemens brought in upright bassist Prescott, G. Love & Special Sauce was born. Their self-titled debut, featuring the hit “Cold Beverage,” wound up going gold. The band became known for their live shows and performed around the world. G. Love has played with and without Special Sauce over the years, but now the trio is back together and it feels right. G. Love believes the current manifestation of the band is stronger than ever and is riding a creative high, adding “and we didn’t want to kill each other.”

Love Saves The Day marks G. Love’s sixth with Brushfire Records and he’s thrilled with their relationship. He lauds label chief Emmett Malloy as someone driven by creativity first and whose aesthetic tastes he trusts. G. Love views today’s music world as the Wild West, with “all the lines washed away;” however, his genre-blurring music now is more relevant than when he started. “It’s a good time to be doing what we are doing,” he asserts, noting Gary Clark Jr., Jack White, Robert Randolph and Galactic as some fellow keepers of the blues flame who “maintain the roots but push music forward.”

G. Love proudly describes himself as a road dog who “will be touring until I fall off the earth” and plans to keep on pushing with Special Sauce from stage to stage. Whether
Love Saves The Day makes one dollar or a million isn’t a big concern to him. It stands as a huge success because he made the gritty, honest album that he intended by “keeping it raw, keeping it immediate, keeping it real.” It’s an approach that he has honed over the years: “be original and be true to what you do.”

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