The Summer of Rock n Beach Continues as The Hangout and 92ZEW Present a Free Show With The Guvs
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“I don’t believe that things happen by chance… incredible things happen when people work hard, live humbly, and give credit where credit is due. You just gotta stay curious and dig in.”
– James Trimble, lead singer – The Dirty Guv’nahs
“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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GULF SHORES (July 19, 2011) – The Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL is set to host the hot, roiling stew of gritty, soul-influenced rock ‘n’ roll, mixed with a hefty helping of roots, funk, blues and country to the Gulf Coast, also known as The Dirty Guv’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 Hangout’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 “Where 59 Ends and the Fun Begins” and enjoy a relaxing night of music with The Hangout ZEW Crew!
Knoxville’s favorite sons, The Dirty Guv’nahs, voted Best Band—three years in a row—by the readers of that city’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 Helm’s renowned barn/studio in Woodstock, NY. It follows the band’s self-titled 2009 debut, which drew accolades across the southeast: “…a passionate, jubilant slice of rock-meets-Americana,” proclaimed The Daily Times in Maryville, Tenn, while the Louisville Eccentric Observer described it as “Stones gone southern raucousness.” The Metro Pulsesimply declared, “Rock the way God intended.”
On Youth Is In Our Blood, The Dirty Guv’nahs serve up a hot, roiling stew of gritty, soul-heavy rock ‘n’ roll, infused with hefty portions of funk, gospel, roots, blues and country. It’s all powered by a three-guitar onslaught, piano, Hammond organ, horns, a little fiddle, harp and pedal steel, and James Taylor Trimble’s soulful growl.
“Our main purpose is to encourage people toward community and not pursue a secluded life,” Guvs front man Trimble says of the music.
It’s a notion their growing legion of fans has clearly embraced, as the band’s rollicking live shows are practically a religious experience, as raucous as an old-time tent revival.
But it’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 ensemble’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 “Baby We Were Young,” a battle cry to the idealism and freedom of youth that sets the tone for what ensues. The first focus track is “We’ll Be The Light,” a joyous rock and roll ode to lasting love and the perfect balance to “The Country,” a lilting ballad about love lost, which features a hauntingly beautiful guest vocal by Jill Andrews (of the Everybodyfields). Other highlights include the cinematic “Wide Awake,” inspired by a George Orwell quote, and the roof-raising rockers “Walk With Me,” “It’s Dangerous” “New Salvation,” and “Blue Rose Stroll.” On more introspective tracks such as “Song For My Beloved,” and “Courage,” The Guvs show lyrical depth and a more vulnerable side.
The Dirty Guv’nahs, all grads of UT, Knoxville—they hold five master’s degrees and one BS in nuclear engineering between them—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 hometown’s Sundown In The City. They’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 Guv’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.