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Album Review: Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies by The Dirty Guv'nahs
Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics
Paste Magazine - 75 Based on rating 7.5/10
Rock ‘n’ roll is always about the intensity of the emotions: rage, revulsion, lust, pain and yes, yearning. It’s where innocence still exists, steeping in the pining for what you believe will save you—not in the grand sense, but the notion of a hand to hold, someone’s eyes to see yourself in and the idea that you’re the average guy who’ll stare down the odds, loneliness, exhaustion and sacrifice to make dreams real. Knoxville’s Dirty Guv’nahs understand this from the inside out.
Knoxville, Tennessee's the Dirty Guv'nahs have a classic Southern rock feel that sounds a lot like the Black Crowes, or maybe the Rolling Stones, if the Stones had stopped dead at Exile on Main St. That throwback Southern sound, which the Guv'nahs do really well, is both a blessing and a curse on the band's third album and first national release, Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies. The best of the songs here, like the joyous opener, "Can You Feel It," the, well, charming "Good Luck Charm," and the solid "Temptation," sound almost frozen out of time, like prized outtakes from some long lost Stones or Black Crowes album project, and with lead singer James Trimble's soulful, emotional vocal approach, they'd fit right in to the set list of either of those earlier bands.
With shades of the Black Crowes, John Cougar Mellencamp, and early era Allman Brothers, come the Dirty Guv’nahs, a Knoxville, Tennessee six-piece outfit who raise a fiery rock and roll riot on their debut full-length Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies. Over the course of 14 tracks, these affable fellows make a perfect soundtrack for the dog days of summer. It’s music that can be played at the beach, in the boat out on the lake, or over the deck speakers as burgers and hot dogs grill away.