Dirty Guv'nahs Band - "Youth may be in their blood, but tradition guides their instincts", reveals M! Music & Musicians Magazine. "The Dirty Guv'nahs are wise in the ways of rock and roll beyond their tender years." One thing is for sure the swell of grassroots momentum for this 6-piece rock outfit has generated considerable buzz up and down the east coast recently. Their live shows are selling out venues and theatres from New York City to Florida, where fans pack in to experience a full-bore musical energy characteristic of The Avett Brothers, early Black Crowes, and The Rolling Stones.
The group's unlikely genesis took place in their beloved hometown of Knoxville, Tenn. where the community has subsequently elected "The Guvs" as the "Best Band In Knoxville" for 4 years running. Comprised mostly of young graduate students, The Guvs had meager aspirations to simply play the kind of music they loved roots rock and roll which had all but disappeared from the scene at the time. Their hobby turned into a more serious profession, however, when they gained the attention of the Grammy-award- winning team at Levon Helm studios. In 2010, the band recorded their most recent album Youth Is In Our Blood in Levon's famous barn, and they haven't looked back since. Touring to support their music has brought The Guvs to festivals such as Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and SXSW. They have also played with a variety of major acts, including Train, Zac Brown Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Dr. Dog, Levon Helm Band, Blues Traveler, Robert Earl Keen, Drive-By Truckers, Taj Mahal, The Whigs, and Sister Hazel.
The Guvs' sound, which has been described as "a passionate, jubilant slice of rock meets Americana," is accomplished through a sturdy foundation of gritty guitar tones and tight rhythms, accented with smooth harmonies, crunchy Hammond organ, bluesy piano and vigorous lead guitar solos. The soulful melodies and catchy choruses come courtesy of the band's front man, James Trimble, who has drawn comparisons to Jagger, Morrison, and Springsteen in terms of both voice and energy. The finished delivery is a "must see live act" that was accurately described by a recent review in Nashville's Music Connection Magazine "The Dirty Guv'nahs possess a vintage zest that's simple enough to attract a variety of listeners, yet a sound mature enough to capture a grizzled industry veteran. This band doesn't just play music; they capture the human spirit through song."
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BIO by Steve Leggett
Don't Need No MoneyA classic-sounding Southern rock band out of Knoxville, Tennessee, the Dirty Guv'nahs (frontman James Trimble, Hammond organist Chris Doody, pianist Michael Jenkins, guitarists Michael Jenkins and Cozmo Holloway, and brothers Justin and Aaron Hoskins on bass and drums, respectively) create an energized musical blend recalling the Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers Band, with a dose of Americana and the Band tossed in for seasoning. The band formed when the members were attending university in Knoxville, and what was initially supposed to be just a couple of occasional gigs really took off, and the band quickly developed a loyal local following. The Dirty Guv'nahs won a university battle of the bands contest and thereby earned studio time to record their 2008 debut album, Don't Need No Money, and their energetic and inspired live shows garnered them opening spots for acts like the Zac Brown Band, Wilco, and the Levon Helm Band, among others. Their eponymously titled sophomore album arrived in 2009, and a performance slot at Bonnaroo led to a recording session that same year at Levon Helm Studios, resulting in 2010's Youth Is in Our Blood. The band continued to evolve its sound on its fourth album, Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies, which was produced by Ross Copperman, engineered by Richie Biggs, and released in 2012 through a distribution deal with Dualtone Music. Two years later, fifth album Hearts on Fire charted at number 107 on the Billboard 200, but in 2015 the bandmembers announced that the Dirty Guv'nahs would be breaking up, and they held a farewell concert in Knoxville in September of that year. However, by early 2018 they were back in business, scheduling spring shows in Knoxville and Atlanta and vowing to "bring rock and roll back to the people."