The Dirty Guv'nahs, The Dirty Guv'nahs
It's hard to say that anything's restrained about The Dirty Guv'nahs new self-titled album. It's a grand hour-long tapestry of all kinds of Southern music—rock, country, and soul—with big songs and big performances. But the group has wisely toned down the jam-band noodling that filled space on their first record, opting instead for tighter songs and more elaborate arrangements. Singer/guitarist John Trimble takes center stage, just like he does at live shows, often resembling The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson. It's a fitting comparison, because The Dirty Guv'nahs most closely recalls the Crowes' 1992 Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, with its gospel influences and expansive scope. It's a big step forward for the Guv'nahs, and puts them in the top rank of local bands.