Fixin' to Die

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Fixin' to Die isn't the first G. Love album billed without Special Sauce, but this one really stands apart from the rest of his discography. The title itself a Bukka White tune is a tip-off. A sense of loss pervades much of the album, whether permanent he also covers Son House's "You've Got to Die" or the temporary losses of life on the road. Complementing the subject matter is the sympathetic production of Scott and Seth Avett, and the playing of the Avett Brothers band. With lots of high lonesome backing vocals and prominent banjo, this actually feels like a country album most of the time. It's almost entirely acoustic, too. We don't even hear an electric guitar ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Fixin' to Die isn't the first G. Love album billed without Special Sauce, but this one really stands apart from the rest of his discography. The title itself a Bukka White tune is a tip-off. A sense of loss pervades much of the album, whether permanent he also covers Son House's "You've Got to Die" or the temporary losses of life on the road. Complementing the subject matter is the sympathetic production of Scott and Seth Avett, and the playing of the Avett Brothers band. With lots of high lonesome backing vocals and prominent banjo, this actually feels like a country album most of the time. It's almost entirely acoustic, too. We don't even hear an electric guitar until track eight, where Luther Dickenson offers up some tasty George Harrison-esque slide. It's this track and "Walk On" that most resemble Special Sauce, and they almost feel out of place here. Most of the album is far more intimate and introspective, and it's easy to see that most of these tunes wouldn't fit into the standard party/feel-good ethos of most Special Sauce tunes, but the production and playing of the Avett Brothers really make it work. After 15 years or so, it's pretty interesting to hear G. Love in such a different context.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2011
  • Label: Brushfire Records
  • UPC: 602527612836
  • Catalog Number: 001522902
  • Sales rank: 104,712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fixin' To Die (3:28)
  2. 2 The Road (2:44)
  3. 3 Katie Miss (2:22)
  4. 4 Milk and Sugar (3:17)
  5. 5 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (4:21)
  6. 6 You've Got To Die (3:37)
  7. 7 Walk On (3:42)
  8. 8 Just Fine (4:32)
  9. 9 Ma Mere (3:54)
  10. 10 Get Going (3:09)
  11. 11 Heaven (2:57)
  12. 12 Home (3:40)
  13. 13 Pale Blue Eyes (6:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
G. Love Primary Artist, Dobro, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, National Steel Body Dobro, Guitar (Nylon String)
Jeffrey Clemens Drums
Luther Dickinson Electric Guitar
Scott Avett Banjo, Drums, Maracas, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Seth Avett Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Bob Crawford Upright Bass
Jacob Edwards Drums
Mary Ellen Bush Background Vocals
Joseph Kwon Cello
Technical Credits
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Bukka White Composer
Lou Reed Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Danny Kadar Engineer
Scott Avett Composer, Producer
Seth Avett Producer
Dave Lively Art Direction
Cisco Adler Composer
Garrett Dutton Composer
Emmett Malloy Cover Photo
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