The Dirty Guv’nahs was formed in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2007 and they have been spreading their soulful Southern rock ever since. With four studio albums and four EP’s already released, The Dirty Guv’nahs were on their way to become one of the most promising new Southern rock bands out there before deciding to disband in 2015.
Named after a local eccentric at their debut live performance, The dirty Guv´nahs, after rocking the local bar scene at their native Knoxville, have quickly moved onto bigger venues all over the Southeastern states.
After winning local battle of the bands, they were awarded with some studio time, which resulted into now out of print debut EP, Don’t Need No Money. After that, things started moving fast: The Dirty Guv´nahs was voted as the best band in Knoxville for two years in the row and they have been building a wider presence all over the Southern states ever since.
In beginning of 2009 the band entered to the Chase Park Transduction studio, in Athens and spend five days recording their first full length album with Drive-by Truckers producer David Barbe. 2009 turned out to be a busy one for The Dirty Guv´nahs, as they got invited to the Bonnaroo music festival as well as Bele Chere Festival and played countless gigs on their own.
In 2010, the band headed to Woodstock, New York, where they they recorded their follow up, Youth is in Our Blood, in the Levon Helm studios. “We’ll Be The Light” out from that album turned out to be minor hit for The Dirty Guv’nahs and paved the way for popularity of their next release, Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies. This 2012 album was funded by fans through successful Kickstarter campaign and offered to download for free. Smart move from the band as this eventually led to playing in big festivals with crowds over 10,000 people and concerts with names like The Black Crowes and Zac Brown Band.
Final Guv’nahs studio album, Hearts On Fire, came out in March 2014 and immediately rose to No 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart promising bright future for the band. But May 12th, 2015, The Dirty Guv’nahs announced they will broke up after a farewell tour in the fall of 2015 playing their last gig in the same place where they started 9 years earlier; Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Dirty Guv’nahs Discography:
2007 Don’t Need No Money (EP)
2009 The Dirty Guv’nahs
2010 We’ll Be The Light
2012 Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies
2013 Live from Knoxville
2014 Hearts On Fire
Official website: www.thedirtyguvnahs.com