Daily Archives: February 15, 2010

John Mayer needs to shut up and play guitar!

John Mayer needs to shut up and play guitar.  I realize that between his music and apparent sexual prowess, he is tabloid fodder and in demand for interviews.  John, if Jessica Simpson was, as you so delicately put it, your sexual crack cocaine, interviews and reporters are your kryptonite.  Dude, SHUT UP, stop the pseudo-intellectual babble and play your guitar. 

I realize that with your fame, guitar skills, money, and looks, life might not be easy for you.  I’m just spit balling here, but I suspect it has been and will continue to be just a tad easier for you than the fry cook at McDonalds jockeying for position to be the drive through guy.  I’m betting that you probably have some form of medical insurance or at least the money to find a good doctor to go and chat with.  You know, I’ve heard that they have some kind of doctor/patient privilege thing where they don’t go tell the whole world all the moronic things you say. 

John, if someone is talking to you and they have some form of recording device or appear to be jotting down notes, SHUT UP!  Stop talking immediately and whip out your guitar and play a tune for them. From now on, you should never, ever be without your guitar.  Your guitar should be to you what the blanket was to Linus. 

While you have had the good fortune to gain carnal knowledge of several really hot and famous for being hot women, you don’t need to notify the world about it.  Or, if you feel the need to do so, pick up your guitar, write some lyrics and act like you are a musician.  Play your guitar, sing your songs, and stop trying to tell the world what a good guy you are.  I’m thinking at this point, the old adage of “Actions speak louder than words” might be a good mantra for you.  SHUT UP AND PLAY GUITAR!

Dude, you have worked with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Common, and Kanye West to name just a few musicians/artist.  I realize as I typed the last name, you might have more in common with him than the others I mentioned as he has been known to take a left turn on occasion.  But my point is that you have worked with some of the biggest names in the business and those deals are brokered solely on your musical talent.  So, wait for it…. SHUT UP AND PLAY GUITAR!

So, John, to summarize, when Rolling Stone, Playboy, US Weekly, Star, The National Enquirer, People Magazine, or any other form of publication call you up and ask for an interview or a quote, politely decline, offer them two tickets to one of your shows, and hang up the phone.


You should be listening to G. Love & Special Sauce!

G. Love & Special Sauce is the Philadelphia based trio that fuse classic R&B, with bouncy, messy blues, and pure Philly soul.  While the music is easy on the ears and frisky enough to make your body move, it is hard to categorize.  With hints of hip hop, funk, rock, retro-soul, patches of folk, the occasional trippy psychedelic, and some Rasta shout outs, G. Love’s music is immersed in the laid back; life is a party, let’s get to know each other better kind of way.   While musically, he is like a mad scientist, more often than not, the experiments work.  Over the years, he has crafted a distinct sound for his band.

G. Love (whose Christian name is Garret Dutton) is the vocalist, harmonica player, guitarist, and face of the band.  Currently, Jeffrey Clemens is on drums, Timo Shanko plays bass, and Mark Boyce tickles the ivory.  A road weary veteran of the festivals and small venues, G. Love has built a solid reputation and impressive fan base with his live performances. 

G. Love, Jack Johnson, and Donavon Frankenreiter released a live EP that was cleverly named “Some Live Songs EP”.  Tracks 1-5 were recorded on pro surfer Kelly Slater’s radio show.  Jack, G. Love, and Donavon have all appeared each other’s records and at one time were all on Jack’s Brushfire Records label. 

G. Love & Special Sauce Discography (this list includes G. Love’s solo ventures)

  • G. Love and Special Sauce
  • Coast to Coast Motel
  • Yeah, It’s That Easy
  • Philadelphonic
  • Electric Mile
  • The Hustle
  • Best of G. Love and Special Sauce
  • Lemonade
  • Super Hero Brother

Top 5 G. Love & Special Sauce Songs

  1. Rodeo Clowns (Philadelphonic)
  2. Let The Music Play (Lemonade)
  3. Willow Tree (Yeah, It’s That Easy)
  4. Free At Last (Electric Mile)
  5. Baby Got Sauce (G. Love and Special Sauce)

 I’ve actually been fortunate enough to see him several times over the last several years.  I caught a free concert in the early 00’s in Dallas, I also saw him when he was touring with Jack Johnson in 2004, and have seen him two or three times at Austin City Limits Music Festival. 

Check out G. Love & Special Sauce at www.philadelphonic.com.

G. Love & Special Sauce’s music is available at iTunes, record stores, and www.philadelphonic.com.

Great music awaits!