The Dirty Guv'nahs, two-time defending Best Band champions in Metro Pulse's annual readers' poll, are heading to upstate New York this weekend to record their third album and also to open for former Band drummer and singer Levon Helm and his band at one of his Midnight Ramble concerts at his home/recording studio.
"It's huge," says Guv'nahs' singer James Trimble. "The opening acts for these deals have been pretty big—Grace Potter and Elvis Perkins have opened them this year. Those are some pretty cool bands."
The band will spend two weeks in early December at Helm's Levon Helm Studios recording the follow-up to this year's self-titled album. "That's double the time we spent in the studio on the last one," Trimble says. "We're planning on doing only tracking up there. If the songs get done and they need harmony vocals or horns, that'll get done later in Knoxville or Nashville or maybe going back up there later."
Trimble says plans for releasing the album are still being discussed.
"We might put out a short EP in the spring, three to five digital downloads, and then use those as singles to promote going into the festival season," he says.
The band will perform at the Midnight Ramble on Dec. 12.
In other Dirty Guv'nahs news, guitarist Cozmo Holloway, formerly of Dishwater Blonde, has joined the band full-time. Justin Hoskins has moved from rhythm guitar to bass, and bassist Mitch Stewart has "decided to scale back his involvement in 2010," Trimble says.