Further evidence of the Dirty Guv’nahs’ level of local celebrity: Before we even had a chance to report on it, the band’s Kickstarter campaign to pay for a new album has already surpassed its goal of $20,000. The roots-rock band announced the campaign on Nov. 30, and at press time 267 people had already pledged $20,949.
The band is planning to record the follow-up to 2010’s Youth Is in Our Blood in January with producer Ross Copperman. On the Kickstarter website, the band says “we want to do this our own way and live outside the walls of major record labels.”
Contributors who pledge $125 or more (there have been 32 so far) will receive a copy of The Cabin Sessions EP, an acoustic disc of new songs and favorites from the Guv’nahs’ catalog recorded in a cabin in Townsend. The disc won’t be available anywhere else. Five people have pledged $1,000 or more, earning themselves a framed commemorative plaque and backstage passes to an upcoming show. (Nobody bit on the heftiest premium—the band would donate its touring van to anyone who contributed $3,000.)
The Guv’nahs have also announced another two-night stand at the Bijou Theatre on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are $21.50, or $38 for both nights.