G. Love is bringing his trademark hip-hop blues sound to Seattle’s Showbox on March 3rd. His new album Fixin’ to Die, takes the artist back to America’s musical roots and pays homage to real “old school” music. It’s a kind of blues termed ‘back road blues’, and to be quite honest, it’s terrific!
For this album, his 14th studio album, G. Love teamed up with folk rock stalwarts The Avett Brothers to put together an album that just may elevate or even redefine his career. Fixin’ To Die is “a collection of rearranged traditionals, a classic cover, and a slew of G. Love originals”. In this fourth Brushfire Records release, G. Love has left most of his signature hip-hop sound behind, to make an album that strips away all musical pretense and captures the spirit, passion and haunting beauty of the blues.
The title track, ‘Fixin’ To Die’, storms out the gates with an undeniable, floorboard-stomping groove and some trulyÂ powerfulÂ vocals. The song, a Bukka White cover, sets a tone of unabashed and wonderfully unapologetic blues. It’s as stripped down and honest as a song can be. The album’s rest of the songs each add their own flavor or layer to this stripped down musical approach. These subsequent layers add depth and complexity, collectively weaving together the larger vision for the album. When the album is over, you are left with a sense of completion. It truly is one of G. Love’s finest works.
“This is the most inspired I’ve ever felt making a record – let’s just put it that way. I’m still buzzing about it.” Â Â -G. Love
Opening for G. Love is Scott H. Biram, better known as “The Dirty Old One Man Band”. This musical madman from Austin, TX. combines blues, punk, country and metal into his own blend of musical mayhem. His unique blend of hillbilly-punk pushes at good taste and sensibility. Which is to say…he pushes the right combination of buttons to create a fantastic musical experience! I leave you with a quote that seemed to perfectly describe his sound to me.
â€œWith a raw immediacy that recalls Hasil Adkins and Bob Log III, Biram specializes in a twisted hybrid of gutbucket, hillbilly and godless metal. He’ll praise the virtues of moonshine and titty bars one minute, then tongue-lash city slickers and hippies the next.â€
-John LaBriola, Houston Press
These two should create a night to remember. To get your tickets for this upcoming bluesfest click here now!