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G. LOVE REVISITS HIS ROOTS


| by Kelli Kolakowski A


FTER MORE THAN a decade of writing songs ripe with lines that are a cleverly crafted combination of hip- hop, funk, blues and a bit of country,


G. Love has gone back to his Philadelphia roots on his new album, Fixin’ To Die. Produced by the Avett


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Brothers and cut during a nine- day session at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, the album features several G. Love originals mixed in with some old-school covers. G. Love reminisces on the making of his fourth full-length album and what led to a collaboration with Seth and Scott Avett. “A friend of mine invited me to a show


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telling myself, don’t f*** this up. Between the three of us, we were really able to explore the possibilities of every song … We really had each others’ back. We went in there as musi- cians and left as brothers.” But after years of success


with albums that ooze that one-of-a-kind G. Love funk, why the sudden change? “It was a good opportunity


to go back and make a record I really wanted to make for a long time and go back to my roots as a coffee shop player,” he said. “This is the kind of CD I would make if I wasn’t


working, just jamming out with my friends on the porch.” But before there was his front porch, there


of theirs at the House of Blues in Boston and I was blown away by them,” he said. “It turns out they were fans of mine. We played together in Wisconsin and they were really into making the [Fixin’ To Die] record.” The Avetts, known for their harmonious


Americana, were a perfect fit for meshing with G. Love’s early back-road blues sound. “Every song — we’d finish — and not see how it could get any better,” he said. “I kept


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were the streets of Philadelphia, his first har- monica (a Hohner Special 20 in the Key of C) and a guitar teacher who sometimes passed out in the middle of 15-year-old G. Love’s lessons. “I was thinking about those times being


some of the best musical times of my life,” he said. “You love music and you live the songs that you’re writing. Something inside me wanted to get out in front of people and do it. Being on the street was that place for me.” n


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