The Infamous Stringdusters Featuring G. Love Release ‘Cold Beverage’ Single

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In 1994, G. Love & Special Sauce burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut studio album that contained the commercially successful and critically acclaimed single “Cold Beverage.” Today, The Infamous Stringdusters released their own take on the song with G. Love (Garrett Dutton) himself contributing.

The Infamous Stringdusters teamed up with Dutton at Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Soundworks for a one-day session last October. G. Love went on to guest with the Stringdusters on a live version of “Cold Beverage” during the string band’s Halloween show at the TLA in Philadelphia.

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“I met G. Love a few years ago at my favorite local venue here on Long Island called Grey Horse Tavern,” explained Stringdusters guitarist Andy Falco in a statement. “Last fall [the band] wanted to head into the studio to record collaborations, so I reached out to G. and he was down. The Stringdusters were due in Philly for our annual Halloween show (where G. is originally from) and coincidentally he was going to be in town at the same time. We booked some time at Rittenhouse Soundworks which has a very cool old warehouse-looking live room, and tracked a bluegrass version of G. Love’s hit ‘Cold Beverage’. We did it live (aside from a few background vocals), and had such a blast hanging and making music with G, who is such a seasoned pro. It was really a special day in Philadelphia. [We] hope the fun we were having in the studio comes through in the track, enjoy!”

“When Andy suggested a collaboration with The Stringdusters I was over the moon. I was thinking either let’s cook something up from scratch or do a bonafide hit down home style,” G. Love added. “We decided to rock the Special Sauce hit ‘Cold Beverage’ which has become one heck of a great drinking song over the years. I went down to Philly the day before Halloween as everybody was off before the Stringdusters’ Halloween show at the TLA so we had some studio time in Germantown (where I went to high school). We circled up and ran the song acoustic til we had a killer arrangement. We cut it live and nailed it in the first couple takes and added a few harmony vocal overdubs.”

Stream The Infamous Stringdusters’ “Cold Beverage” featuring G. Love below:

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