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The Dirty Guv’nahs
Soapbox Laundro Lounge
255 N. Front Street
6/25, 8 p.m., doors • $8-$10

POLITICAL REIGN: The Dirty Guv’nahs take over Soapbox on the 25; tickets on sale now. Photos by Ashley Hoskins Photography

Some believe in the concept of fate. Others don’t. When it comes to The Dirty Guv’nahs, what was meant to happen definitely did. The Guvs, hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, boast a six-member set-up alongside an impressive assortment of instrumentation. Comprised of James Trimble (vocals, guitar), Justin Hoskins (bass, guitar), Aaron Hoskins (drums, guitar), Chris Doody (piano, Hammond, guitar, vocals), Cozmo Holloway (guitar, vocals) and Michael Jenkins (guitar, piano), the stars aligned for these University of Tennessee grads in 2006. They committed their non-existent band’s performance with barely two weeks preparation. It was a huge moment for the soon-to-be crew.

“A friend was throwing a benefit concert, and Sister Hazel was the headliner,” Justin Hoskins says. “They needed an opening band that would play for free, so we formed. [We] were a completely random conglomeration of people, all brought together by one friend who’s nickname was and still is ‘The Guv’nah.’”

It only took a few encounters before the band realized their intense and incredible connection. Still, they were all newcomers to the music industry—in fact, none of the Guvs had previous aspirations toward the career. Combined they lay claim to five master’s degrees and one bachelors of science in nuclear engineering. Thus, the benefit concert, indeed, proved to inspire a new career path and fresh beginning.

Since April 2009, the band has released two albums, their self-titled release and its follow-up, “Youth Is In Our Blood.” Both proved highly constructive for the group’s progress and inevitable success.

“‘The Dirty Guv’nahs’ has a rawness that invites the listener into an experiment,” Hoskins says. “It’s a finished, yet unfinished work. The recording session was so short that we literally did like two takes on each song. I think we did all of the vocals, including harmonies, in about eight hours.”

The band credits “Youth Is In Our Blood” as a more mature and polished piece of work. They’ve taken in the reins of amateur and graduated to intermediate, claiming to better understand “the beast that is the studio.”

“It’s like a microscope,” Hoskins continues. “You immediately see all your flaws—but it also allows you to find those truly magic parts of your sound and magnify them.”

It didn’t take long for fans to flock to The Guvs. They began responding to what the band classifies as “a passionate, jubilant slice of rock-meets-Americana.” They epitomize Southern music with their flawless melodies rooted in a multiplicity of genres: rock, blues, country and soul.

Their talent has impressed audiences across many stages, especially entertaining on the festival circuit, including Bonnaroo, CMJ, Wakarusa, Bele Chere in Asheville, and Knoxville’s Sundown in the City. The Dirty Guv’nahs are making their way to the Carolinas once again to play the Soapbox Laundro-Lounge. Presented by the Penguin 98.3 and Soapbox, the Guvs will be playing alongside Shelly Fairchild and The Hufton Brothers on Saturday, June 25. Tickets are only $8 in advance and $10 the day of. Doors at 8 p.m.

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