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The Dirty Guv’nahs: Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies
After two independent releases, Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies marks the major-label debut for Knoxville, Tenn.-based six-piece The Dirty Guv’nahs. Joyous and soulful, rollicking Southern rock follows—at times recalling gospel and country, and at other times sounding a bit like ‘90s alt-rockers the Spin Doctors and The Black Crowes. The band packs a lot of
energy into these 14 songs, starting off strong and emotive with “Can You Feel It,” which is a clear standout with a powerful rhythm section and lead vocals from lead singer James Trimble. The musicianship is impressive throughout, especially the guitar-playing, bluesy horns and jangly keys on songs like “Good Luck Charm,” “Honey You” and “One Dance Left.” Carefully crafted lyrics are a strength of this album too, as “Temptation,” “Live Forever,” “3000 Miles and “Dear Alice” evoke search and doubt in addition to reflection, hope, love and yearning—it runs the gamut, providing feel-good music that also speaks to the struggles and hopes of everyman.
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