The Summer of Rock n Beach Continues as The Hangout and 92ZEW Present a Free Show With The Guvs
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â€œI donâ€™t believe that things happen by chanceâ€¦ incredible things happen when people work hard, live humbly, and give credit where credit is due. You just gotta stay curious and dig in.â€
â€“ James Trimble, lead singer â€“ The Dirty Guvâ€™nahs
â€œYouth may be in their blood, but tradition guides their instinctsâ€, reveals M! Music & Musicians Magazine. â€œThe Dirty Guvâ€™nahs are wise in the ways of rock and roll beyond their tender years.â€ One thing is for sure â€“ 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 groupâ€™s unlikely genesis took place in their beloved hometown of Knoxville, Tenn. where the community has subsequently elected â€œThe Guvsâ€ as the â€œBest Band In Knoxvilleâ€ for 4 years running. Comprised mostly of young graduate students, The Guvs had meager aspirations to simply play the kind of music they loved â€“ roots rock and roll â€“ 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 Levonâ€™s famous barn, and they havenâ€™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 Guvsâ€™ sound, which has been described as â€œa passionate, jubilant slice of rock meets Americana,â€ 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 bandâ€™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 â€œmust see live actâ€ that was accurately described by a recent review in Nashvilleâ€™s Music Connection Magazine â€“ â€œThe Dirty Guvâ€™nahs possess a vintage zest thatâ€™s simple enough to attract a variety of listeners, yet a sound mature enough to capture a grizzled industry veteran. This band doesnâ€™t just play music; they capture the human spirit through song.â€
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GULF SHORES (July 19, 2011) â€“ The Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL is set to host the hot, roiling stew of gritty, soul-influenced rock â€˜nâ€™ roll, mixed with a hefty helping of roots, funk, blues and country to the Gulf Coast, also known as The Dirty Guvâ€™nahs. The Guvs will perform on the main stage of the Hangout, on Thursday August 18th. This is a FREE show but a ticket will be required to attend. *You can win these tickets from 92ZEW and The Hangoutâ€™s Website. Doors open at 5:00PM for this concert for all ages, with the Guvs taking the stage at 7:00PM. So come on down to â€œWhere 59 Ends and the Fun Beginsâ€ and enjoy a relaxing night of music with The Hangout ZEW Crew!
Knoxvilleâ€™s favorite sons, The Dirty Guvâ€™nahs, voted Best Bandâ€”three years in a rowâ€”by the readers of that cityâ€™s alternative weekly, Metro Pulse, are poised to break nationally with the release, of their second CD, Youth Is In Our Blood.
Youth Is In Our Blood was produced by two-time Grammy-winner Justin Guip (Levon Helm, The Black Crowes) at Helmâ€™s renowned barn/studio in Woodstock, NY. It follows the bandâ€™s self-titled 2009 debut, which drew accolades across the southeast: â€œâ€¦a passionate, jubilant slice of rock-meets-Americana,â€ proclaimed The Daily Times in Maryville, Tenn, while the Louisville Eccentric Observer described it as â€œStones gone southern raucousness.â€ The Metro Pulsesimply declared, â€œRock the way God intended.â€
On Youth Is In Our Blood, The Dirty Guvâ€™nahs serve up a hot, roiling stew of gritty, soul-heavy rock â€˜nâ€™ roll, infused with hefty portions of funk, gospel, roots, blues and country. Itâ€™s all powered by a three-guitar onslaught, piano, Hammond organ, horns, a little fiddle, harp and pedal steel, and James Taylor Trimbleâ€™s soulful growl.
â€œOur main purpose is to encourage people toward community and not pursue a secluded life,â€ Guvs front man Trimble says of the music.
Itâ€™s a notion their growing legion of fans has clearly embraced, as the bandâ€™s rollicking live shows are practically a religious experience, as raucous as an old-time tent revival.
But itâ€™s not just the energy the band exudes on stage that draws fans in. The deft songwriting, primarily a collaborative effort between guitarist Michael Jenkins and Trimble, who clearly have a knack for a good hook, is supported by the ensembleâ€™s tight but free-form musicianship, derived from a wide swath of influences ranging from Elvis to Oasis, with nods to The Rolling Stones, The Band, James Brown, Prince, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Adams.
The disc kicks off with â€œBaby We Were Young,â€ a battle cry to the idealism and freedom of youth that sets the tone for what ensues. The first focus track is â€œWeâ€™ll Be The Light,â€ a joyous rock and roll ode to lasting love and the perfect balance to â€œThe Country,â€ a lilting ballad about love lost, which features a hauntingly beautiful guest vocal by Jill Andrews (of the Everybodyfields). Other highlights include the cinematic â€œWide Awake,â€ inspired by a George Orwell quote, and the roof-raising rockers â€œWalk With Me,â€ â€œItâ€™s Dangerousâ€ â€œNew Salvation,â€ and â€œBlue Rose Stroll.â€ On more introspective tracks such as â€œSong For My Beloved,â€ and â€œCourage,â€ The Guvs show lyrical depth and a more vulnerable side.
The Dirty Guvâ€™nahs, all grads of UT, Knoxvilleâ€”they hold five masterâ€™s degrees and one BS in nuclear engineering between themâ€”have built a strong following throughout the southeast and have appeared at a number of high-profile music festivals including Bonnaroo, CMJ, Wakarusa, Bele Chere in Asheville, NC and their hometownâ€™s Sundown In The City. Theyâ€™ve shared the stage with Blues Traveler, Robert Earl Keen, Drive By Truckers, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Levon Helm Band and Zac Brown Band, and were invited to perform on the Southern Ground Cruise, hosted by the Zac Brown Band during the upcoming Labor Day holiday. The cruise sets sail from Tampa and heads to the Cayman Islands.
For more information on The Dirty Guvâ€™nahs, as well as information on entertainment at The Hangout, please visit us on the internet at www.thehangoutal.com, or call The Hangout at 251-948-3030. The Hangout is located at 101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL.