Making it as a Musician with G-Love


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Garret Dutton (aka: G-Love) has been playing music for decades. Learn more about how he got started in music and how he turns to surfing for inspiration.


I loved listening to G. Love and Special Sauce play music in college. I still do. I enjoy frontman Garrett Dutton’s laid back vibe, the way he uses unexpected combinations from different musical genres like blues, R&B, and jazz in his songs. I especially love that after 20 years of playing music, he keeps releasing new albums and touring all over the world. He’s obviously doing something right.

Garrett is serious about his craft. He started playing music at age eight. Garrett has a process for writing songs and performing in front of an audience that’s motivating for any creative person wanting to make a living doing what they love. Despite how successful his career in music has been, he’s incredibly humble and he’s not afraid to talk about the times he’s failed.

Aside from being a master at his craft, Garrett’s a passionate ocean lover and a father of two boys. Inspiration for songs often comes while he’s in the water or surfing with his kids. He has a positive attitude about life, and always wants to stay open to the world, especially to adventures and experiences that could become songs. He balances busy life on the road with spending time with his family and in the outdoors with grace and style. Most of all, he aims to spread love and help make the world a better place through his songs.

I met Garrett on his tour bus before his concert in San Diego. In addition to talking to me about his long career in music, we talked about how others can make a living following their passion and he shared some tunes at the end.

Listen to this episode if:

  • You are a G. Love and Special Sauce fan.
  • You are an artistic or creative person.
  • You are an outdoor lover or musician who’s looking to improve.
  • You want to hear from an amazing musician.

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