The Dirty Guv'nahs is an American roots rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee. Known for its enthusiastic live shows, the band has been named the Best Band in Knoxville by readers of the Metro Pulse every year since 2008. Having gained a regional following in the Southeast, the band has made multiple appearances at Bonnaroo. Their fourth album, Hearts on Fire, was released on March 11, 2014.
The six-piece band formed after being introduced through a mutual friend nicknamed "The Guv'nah." Beginning performances in April 2006, the band's reputation grew within its native Knoxville. The band released its self-titled first album on August 11, 2009 and made an appearance opening for Cracker at the Bele Chere Festival that summer.
The band recorded its follow-up with a band assembled by Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York. The album, Youth Is In Our Blood was released in 2010 and featured the single "We'll Be The Light," "Wide Awake," and "Baby We Were Young." The album drew comparisons to southern rock band The Black Crowes and propelled the band to a slot opening for the Zac Brown Band in 2010 and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
The band financed the recording of its third album through a Kickstarter campaign in which it asked fans to pledge $20,000 to cover the initial cost. The funding was acquired within three days, months ahead of the expected deadline. The band then announced on its Facebook page the release of Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies. The lead single, "3000 Miles" was added to AAA playlists on July 16, 2012. The tour for this album included opening slots for Wilco, The Black Crowes, and Needtobreathe.
The band's latest album, Hearts on Fire, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in March 2014.
The band's name is a tribute to a common friend who convinced the band to sign up for their first gig as an opening act at a local benefit concert in the band's hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee.