The Dirty Guv’nahs, Album Review by Ann Peretz

The Dirty Guv’nahs are a band based out of Knoxville, TN and could be categorized as Roots Rock and Alternative Country. The band is composed of six members who began playing shows together in 2006, and released their first self-titled album in 2009. The Guv’nahs then released their second album, Youth is in Our Blood in 2010.  Something unique happened for their third album; they started a Kickstarter account to raise the $20,000 it would take to produce their third album. In only three days the band raised the money needed. And Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies released on August 14, 2012. To kick off the album and say thank you to their fans the band played a free concert on Market Square at home in Knoxville, TN.

The Guv’s last two albums have been a little different from their first album because they started to embrace more of the alternative country feel than in their first self-titled album.  The Alternative Country sound is what really got me going on their music back in 2010, and I think the majority of their fans would agree. With their sound perfected, lead singer, James Trimble, brings life to the stage with his enthusiastic performances.  Youth is in Our Blood is my favorite album and the songs that hooked me were Baby We Were Young, We’ll Be The Light, It’s Dangerous, and Blue Rose Stroll. The sounds of these songs are very rock and roll, but I love the lyrics too. Slower songs on the album have some really great lyrics and the band has done a great job on their blog writing about the inspiration for the songs and keeping their fans well-informed.

Check out their blog here.

I’ve been to about ten of the bands concerts, and they never ever get old. I am constantly checking their social media to see what they are up to and where they are playing next.  So I would recommend this album to anyone who would be remotely interested in a great jam band with a bit of a southern root. They have a lot of originality and are the most passionate band I’ve ever found. Check out photos of the band at their website


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