When speaking with G. Love -- he of G. Love & Special Sauce fame -- you can hear little separation between his laconic, conversational voice and his laid back, drawly vocal stylings. He seems up for any question, as if he just likes shooting the you-know-what. Last year, G. Love (born Garrett Dutton) turned 40, which makes him exactly twice as old as his namesake band. The troupe continues to tour in support of 2011's "Fixin' to Die," although expect to hear a new song or two from their forthcoming album, along with vaunted hits like "Cold Beverage" and " Baby's Got Sauce" when they perform Jan. 24 at Charleston's Music Farm, and Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Jacksonville's Freebird Live. That said, no two G. Love sets are exactly the same, with covers from the likes of Paul Simon, The Beatles and Donovan always in the offing.
A few weeks prior to G. Love & Special Sauce's show at Music Farm, Lowcountry Current talked to the band's ringleader about social media, getting old(er) and, er, Everclear.
Question. I was just on your Facebook page. Do you do handle that or is it someone in your camp?
Answer. We have someone who's kind of in charge of our social networking, but I do all posts and stuff myself.
Q. When fans post, do you generally read them?
A. I'm actually more active on Twitter and Instagram than I am on Facebook. I definitely read every tweet.
Q. Are you compulsive about that?
A. (Laughs) Yeah. We got a lot of time to kill out here. I probably should be reading a book instead. If you have five minutes to kill while you're waiting around, I'll jump on Twitter. It's a whole instant gratification thing. It just gives you an opportunity to be in touch with your fans and just hear what they have the say right away after the show. I have fun with it. But, yeah, I'm compulsive.
Q. You recently turned 40, which by professional music standards, isn't altogether old. Is there an age when you're too old to perform live?
A. No, especially for the type of stuff I do. I think it'll be pretty good to play when I'm 120 years old.
Q. After you're cryogenetically frozen?
A. Let's face it, I'm 40 now. By the time I'm 80 they're going to have -- I saw a billboard today that said something like "half the people reading this will be alive when they're 150" or something like that. That's a given. People are already living longer. Just imagine all the things you'll be able to accomplish if you have all that experience and still have your wits about you. It's pretty cool.
Q. Whenever you're on stage, do you find yourself thinking about mundane things like, "Did I forget to charge my cellphone?"
A. (Laughs) No, I mean sometimes you can. You think about some stupid [stuff] when you're up there, just some random stuff. It's funny how the mind works. The worst thing that can happen on stage is when you become self-conscious and you get tight and nervous and you're not in the zone. Last night [in Cincinnati] was the first night of our tour and it was a sold out show and the crowd was awesome and I came out there and felt a little tight.
Sometimes you can think about some stupid [stuff] when you're playing, like if your shoelace becomes untied. Because I don't want to have to stop and bend down and tie my shoelaces in front of a thousand people. Last night, I came off the stage and somehow I had this cut on my finger, which was a really little cut but it was gushing blood everywhere. I didn't know I was bleeding until I finished my solo and my strings were all sticky with all this blood. And then I couldn't find where the cut was. My hand was just covered in blood.
Q. What song would you gladly pay to never have to hear and why?
A. Maybe something by Everclear. Any song by Everclear.