Fixin' to Die

Fixin' to Die

by G. Love


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Fixin' to Die

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2011
Label: Brushfire Records
UPC: 0602527612836
catalogNumber: 001522902
Rank: 150821

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,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
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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