Best Band: The Dirty Guv'nahs

Best Band Runners-Up: Dishwater Blonde, Robinella, Royal Bangs

It's been a busy year for The Dirty Guv'nahs, and it's only April. The repeat winners of both the Best Local Rock Band and the overall Best Band categories spent a long weekend in February recording their second album, the self-titled follow-up to 2008's Don't Need No Money. Then they got booked for Bonnaroo, celebrated the release of the new album with a nearly sold-out show at the Bijou Theatre, and held CD release shows in Chattanooga, Nashville, and Atlanta. That's a big splash for a band that's only been together a couple of years, but if you've seen them live or heard The Dirty Guv'nahs, you probably aren't surprised. The group's hodgepodge of Southern rock, R&B, and country, all tied together with a good-time hippie vibe, has made them one of the biggest local draws and a band to watch out for.

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