G. Love minus the Special Sauce

A lone chair and a table, accompanied by two guitars sat on the the Mercury Ballroom stage, under a single spotlight. The unusual set up gave the impression that an inquisition was going to take place rather than a concert.Despite the unusual look, it was fitting for the night, given that Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, was performing without the other two members of the trio, G. Love & Special Sauce.

After an unusually long wait,  G Love finally took the stage.  Setting the tone for the evening,  he engaged the small crowd in conversation before starting his set, asking about Thurby and telling the crowd how much he enjoyed Louisville and visiting Churchill Downs that afternoon.
Kicking off his acoustic performance with the song “Sugar”, it appeared Love was going to keep with the set list he’s been playing, promoting his latest album of the same name.  However,  he changed pace midway through the set after receiving a request to play “Booty Call”.  Love obliged and the crowd enthusiastically sang along. Afterward, Love explained that the song was written about his baby’s mother and her then boyfriend (now husband), joking how unusual that was.  The requests continued and Love continued to fulfill them, foregoing the set list that sat at his feet,  and relaying the stories that inspired the songs.
The night was more like an evening with friends than a concert.  When Love finished, he graciously thanked the small group in attendance, handed picks to the front row, high-fived others, and even gave his set list to one lucky fan.  It was evident that he enjoyed the night as much as his fans. If Love makes it back to Louisville, be sure not to miss him.


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