G. Love & Special Sauce
The enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-‐hop blues (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-‐boned truth. G. Love mines the sonic ore of his heroes only to emerge with a fresh lode of precious stones. He explains his sounds as, “a nod back and a step forward. I return to the roots of blues and folk to make my music. Its what first moved me. I fell in love with it and learned music as a teenager, which is such a developmentally pivotal point in ones life. That point when you decide you wanna play guitar, right? I was 16 when I discovered folk music, the blues, and Bob Dylan and that was simply the backbone for everything that followed for me musically. I mean, this is my second decade as a recording and touring musician and at heart I’ve always been a roots musician. I want to carry on the tradition not in a nostalgic way, but by keeping it fresh, real and unexpected”
“Andrew Greene is a powerhouse performer of the blues. Simply put, he writes some of the best blues rock songs I've heard in years. After my first listen, I could tell that he had a passion for great songwriting and the people who have mastered the craft. In 2009 he released a simple acoustic demo that was among my favorite CDs of the year. I expect this boy to move mountains." ~Dan Cloutier, singer-songwriter and open mic host at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA
Delta blues meets classic rock meets folk-pop is one way to describe Boston-area singer-songwriter Andrew Greene, whose infectious raspy vocals deliver raw passion and innovative phrasing. Combine all that with advanced guitar techniques and soulful harmonica playing and its evident why this self-described "poet with a guitar" has gained the admiration of fans and fellow musicians. Greene has opened up for artist such as; John Hammond, Geoff Mauldar, Arlo Guthrie and The Marshall Tucker Band.
Greene combines a laid-back approach on stage with a quiet yet powerful passion that creates a direct intimacy with his listeners. While a skilled and confident performer, Greene is not afraid to show his vulnerability and bear his soul, doing so in a heartfelt and captivating style that is all his own.
"Andrew Greene's poignant lyrics and unique approach to the delta blues style guitar make him a true original. He is definitely much more than a singer-songwriter. He can really sing and he can really play, check him out." - G.Love & Special Sauce
Greene’s connection to music began at age six, when he saw a broken guitar in the trash while walking with a neighborhood pal. He picked up the broken instrument and took it home, determined to play it until finally his parents bought him his first guitar. From there he began his fascination with music and eventually a journey that led him to develop his skills listening to the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeplin, Howling Wolf, Sunny Boy Williams, Chris Whitley, Muddy Waters, and Bob Dylan. At 14 he started playing harmonica and soon after began combining the harp with his guitar playing and songwriting.
“I can’t wait to find out what Andrew Greene will be up to next.”-John Hammond
It wasn’t until age 21, after his apartment and all of his personal belongings were destroyed in a fire, he began to focus on songwriting and performing seriously -- realizing the music he created was an extension of himself that could never be taken away. Once the songwriting took over, he never looked back and began honing his performance skills at area open mics and soon after was asked to play a wide range of shows and as well as accompany other artists at their gigs and on their albums.
His first CD, recorded at Rock Salt Studios in Watertown. Produced and engineered by studio owner Eric Salt, who says Greene’s songs “Seem to channel voices from the ether”.The album, says Greene, is self-titled and doesn’t have a theme. “All the songs are different… It’s a way to show people how many directions my music can go. The idea is to show all the pieces of who you are and all the places where you’ve come from”. With release of his CD, Greene’s music is bound to resonate throughout Boston and beyond.
“If the Delta Blues players like Blind Willie and Muddy could sing like Andrew Greene, Rock and Roll would never have become the most popular genre of music. All the girls would be screaming for the blues and specifically Andrew Greene's style of it. He blends folk and soul with the blues to deliver his own unique style which is so rhythmic and emotive that it pulls you in and leaves you wanting more, and all of this from a handsome twenty something package leaving you to wonder if God is indeed a fair God,” ~ Marc Bridge, singer-songwriter