Back in the summer of 1994, every so often, college radio stations played a song that sounded old but also kind of new. It started with a drumbeat, followed by a guitar and bass riff. Then came a voice. A lazy drawl somewhere between rap and song. This was the era before Shazam and even the internet, really. It didn't take detective skills to figure the song was called "Blues Music," since those were the two words uttered most often. But it took an eternity before tuning in at that exact moment when a DJ announced the artist: G. Love & Special Sauce.
Nearly two decades later, the Philadelphia band is still kicking out its hip-hop, rock 'n' roll, funk, and blues with two shows at the Culture Room this month. New Times spoke with the cordial and enthusiastic G. Love, who waxed poetic about his influences and special sauces -- get your mind out of the gutter. You want to talk about those kind of sauces, flip a couple of pages back in the paper to Savage Love; we speak only of condiments here.