G. Love + Avett Bros. For New LP

Album, recorded with Avetts producing and
backing him up, is due next February.

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

One
unexpected highlight for BLURT of last weekend’s MoogFest was having a chance
to hear the new G. Love album in its entirety at an afternoon party on
Saturday. Titled Fixin’ To Die, it’s
set for release on February 22nd on Brushfire Records; it was recorded at Echo
Mountain Studios in Asheville,
NC, and produced by The Avett
Brothers.

 

After
a chance meeting in Boston
last fall, G. Love and The Avett Brothers forged a friendship and bonded over
their love of back road blues.  After
performing together onstage and discovering their shared musical heritage, G.
Love invited Scott and Seth Avett to not only produce his new album, but
perform on it as well.

 

The
result is a collection of G. Love originals, rearranged traditionals, and an
unexpected cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” the latter done
up like a roots-blues nugget. The idea was to strip away all pretence and
capture the original spirit and sound G. Love has cultivated over his entire
career but never fully embraced until now. From the ragged jangle of its opener
“Milk & Sugar” and floorboard stomp of Bukka White’s “Fixin’ To Die,” over
the loping lilt of “Home” and longing for “Katie Miss,” through the greasy
fried “Get Goin'” and moonshine reverb of “Heaven,” it’s an eye- and
ear-opening record,. Period.

 

“It
was an emotional recording session and I was truly blown away by the level of
focus, care and passion Scott & Seth brought to it. It was a tremendously
positive and encouraging experience. This is the most inspired I’ve ever felt
making a record,” G. Love said, in a statement.

 

Added
Scott Avett, “There’s a little bit of this record on all the previous G. Love
records, you just had to look for it. This is the record we all knew he should
make and he could make, but again, he had to open himself to the core to make
it. That’s the difference.”

 

 

 

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