Memphis has seen some amazing music acts this fall, and The Dirty Guv’nahs, of Knoxville, TN may be the next must-see show! The Guvs have been featured in Minglewood Hall’s 1884 lounge before, but this will be their first show in the big room. Grace Askew and Cereus Bright will be the opening acts. Tickets are available here ($15 Advanced/$17 Day of show + fees).
- When: Thu, November 13, 2014
- Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
“…the Dirty Guv’nahs are a soulful Southern rock group…but this young, roots-rocking sextet has more in common with the Drive-By Truckers and My Morning Jacket than it does with the Marshall Tucker Band.” – MTV Hive
The band has East Tennessee roots and a wonderful relationship with Knoxville after being recognized as the city’s best band for many years running. But the Guvs have history with the Bluff City and love playing here.
We’ve taken a moment to ask a few questions of the band’s lead singer, James Trimble:
C901: James, tell Choose901 a little bit about where you grew up and where you went to college.
James: I grew up in middle TN and went to school at UT. Planned on becoming a doctor, but somewhere along the way we started a band and music became my true passion.
C901: Give us a brief description about the Dirty Guv’nahs style, approach, and how the band formed.
James: We formed in 2006 when a friend, who’s nickname was “The Dirty Guv’nah,” convinced this random group of guys to be the opening band for a local benefit concert. Our style blends rock, soul and pop. We’re from the south so that obviously bleeds through in our songs as well.
C901: The Dirty Guv’nahs have had the chance to play in Memphis a few times. What venues have you played at in Memphis & what have been your favorite moments here?
James: In the early years, we were given a chance to play a show at a bar on Beale Street that doesn’t even exist anymore. I remember thinking “how on earth have we convinced people that we are good enough to play on Beale Street?” Since then we’ve headlined shows at Hi-Tone Cafe, Minglewood’s 1884 Lounge, and this past summer we were lucky enough to be invited to play the Moon River Festival.
C901: What have been the go-to Memphis spots for the Guvs?
C901: You have the perspective of having lived in two of the three sections of Tennessee, what have you experienced in how Middle and East Tennessee perceive Memphis & West TN?
James: I have always felt like people from all over the state treasure Memphis for it’s musical history. Also, everybody obviously loves the Grizz.
C901: Did you have many friends from Memphis while at the University of Tennessee?
James: Yeah, I met tons of cool folks from Memphis.
C901: What do you think about young professionals choosing Memphis to plant roots to enjoy & invest their life?
James: It seems like a lot of Memphis is on the rise to me. Anytime that a place is on the rise is a good time to be there. Seems to me that Memphis is a great place to start a career.
C901: One more question: The following lyrics are from the song “Baby We Were Young,” a popular song from the Youth is in our Blood album: “Nineteen and twenty-three, with just four years between/We fell in love on a Tuesday in July/You’re daddy lives so far away, down in Memphis, Tennessee/There’s a good chance, you’re gonna be my bride.” Did that relationship come to fruition?
James: Haha. Actually, that relationship didn’t work out. I actually have no idea where that young lady even lives anymore.