Trite as it sounds, The Dirty Guv’nahs have built a large fan base by touring constantly and performing memorable live shows. On August 14, The Knoxville, Tenn.-based sextet released Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies (Dualtone Music), a 14-track collection of the familar-sounding – yet unique – Rock & Roll sound that defines the band. On Saturday, September 15, The Dirty Guv’nahs will perform at Zydeco with The Black Cadillacs opening the 9:30 p.m. show. Recently, Weld caught up with Dirty Guv’nahs frontman James Trimble by phone from his Tennessee home.
Brent Thompson: James, thanks for your time. If you would, tell us how things are going for the band.
James Trimble: This marks the one-year anniversary that we’ve all been doing this full-time. We are playing about 100 shows a year and do a lot of Thursday-to-Sunday “weekend tours.” We are a family-first band.
BT: How do you feel about technology’s impact on the music business and its pros and cons?
JT: I think Youtube is great, but you still have to have a great live show.
BT: How do songs stay fresh to you after you’ve performed them literally hundreds of times?
JT: There are some nights when you think to yourself, “Oh, this song again.” But you have to remember that, even though it’s the sixth night of the tour for us, someone is hearing it for the first time that night.
BT: How did the material take shape for Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies?
JT: These were mainly newer songs and we were able to do a lot of recording in our own studio.
Tickets to the 18+ show are $10 – $12 day of the show – and can be purchased at www.zydecobirmingham.com.