It may have been a while since you last saw the Dirty Guv’nahs, the roots-rock sextet who currently stand at the pinnacle of Knoxville’s local music scene. The band rarely performs locally anymore, and when they do it’s a marquee event—their only Knoxville shows this year were a two-night stand at the Bijou Theatre in February.
But pretty much all of Knoxville will have a chance to see the band on Friday, Aug. 17. The band’s official hometown CD release show—for the band’s upcoming third album, Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies—will be held on Market Square. And it will be free.
The Guv’nahs are fresh off a busy early-summer festival season, starting at the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival in Arkansas and Bonnaroo in June and concluding with a spot at Saturday in the Park in Sioux City, Iowa, where the band played alongside Wilco and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.
Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies, recorded in Nashville in January, will officially be released on Aug. 14.