Fresh off a three-night run through the Northeast, the Dirty Guv’nahs’ recent show in Washington, D.C., found the Knoxville rockers at their finest—playing to an enthusiastic crowd of vocal Tennessee natives and fresh fans of the band’s soulful take on Southern rock.
“It’s good be a little closer to home,” frontman James Trimble said from the stage of the Rock & Roll Hotel. “I’ve got a good feeling about this crowd tonight.”
With songs recently featured on ABC’s Nashville and CBS’ Criminal Minds, it’s evident that the Guv’nahs have successfully branched out from their massive local fan base, and they scored a comfortably full crowd at the 400-capacity club in Washington.
“We’ve had great crowds come out to each show on this tour, which has been amazing,” Trimble says. “The new album seems to really be catching on. We are constantly surprised and very grateful for the support in cities outside of the Southeast.”
Although Trimble had lost his voice during the previous night’s show in New York City and cut the performance short by a couple of songs, on this night he powered through a full set of the group’s bluesy rock ’n’ roll, encouraging the diverse crowd of buttoned-up professionals and rowdy, college-age fans to participate.
After swinging back through the South, the band plans to return home and get to work.
“We recently acquired a new practice space in South Knoxville, which we’ve named Summertown,” Trimble says. “This winter, we plan on spending two or three days a week at Summertown to start writing and planning for our upcoming spring tour.”
A New Year’s Eve stint at the Tennessee Theatre will be the Guv’nahs’ next hometown performance after their recent 10-city tour, and the first since an August CD release show on Market Square celebrating the new Beneath These Southern Skies.
“Good things are ahead,” Trimble says.