G. Love and Special Sauce's 10th album, Superhero Brother, has a light and breezy sound. Like their other albums, its packed with fun, groovy music that's easy to dance to, but G. Love says this time, the inspiration came from a darker place.
G. Love was inspired to write the music after visiting the slums of Rio de Janeiro. The song "Peace, Love and Happiness" is dedicated to the children he met there.
"We went in and played for these kids, and just the energy these kids gave back to us and the whole day was just joyous," G. Love says. "My thinking was, why let this world weigh on your shoulders? If these kids that are living there can be so full of life and love and hope, then anybody can."
As for the title track, "Superhero Brother," G. Love says that song is about making fun of himself and his fellow musicians, who all want to save the world with their music. He calls the tune kind of a "tongue-in-cheek state of the union address."
G. Love's summer plans include touring and a whole lot of grilling. He outed himself as an amateur chef 10 years ago, when he put a hidden video of him in the kitchen on a CD. These days, he says he's gearing up for a spread in Bon Appetit. On the menu at G. Love's house: grilled wild duck. "You season it with these Provencal herbs and rock salt and pepper, and even some truffle oil, and you put it on there with grilled leeks, arugula salad with goat cheese."
Sounds like really gourmet stuff, just don't forget the "special sauce."