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The Dirty Guv'nahs pumped to play Charleston

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Soulful rockers The Dirty Guv'nahs open for Needtobreathe at the Civic Center Thursday. The show is part of Bud Light's 50/50/1, which will see one concert staged in each of the 50 states on a single day.

WANT TO GO?

Needtobreathe, With The Dirty Guv'nahs

WHERE: Charleston Civic Center North Hall

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday

TICKETS: $27.75

INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com

NOTE: You must be 21 or older to attend.

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 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thursday night, Bud Light presents 50/50/1. According to the beer company, the promotion is meant to "cap off a summer-long celebration of music with a never-before-seen live music event that will see Bud Light present one concert in each of the 50 states on a single day."

Some of the artists performing include Kendrick Lamar, Dierks Bentley, Ludacris, Jimmy Eat World, The Flaming Lips and The Drive-By Truckers.

In West Virginia, Bud Light is bringing award-winning Christian rock band Needtobreathe, along with Knoxville's The Dirty Guv'nahs.

Lead singer James Trimble said his band is absolutely thrilled to be coming to Charleston and to share the stage with Needtobreathe.

"We're pumped to be on the show," he said. "Needtobreathe has blown up over the past couple of years."

It's another great show for the indie rock band that appears to be going places.

"Next week, we're opening for the Black Crowes," he said.

The show with The Black Crowes is a good fit. Both bands play a bluesy, soulful, Southern-fried brand of rock 'n' roll, and they have a similar, playful energy -- even if The Dirty Guv'nahs are a less likely to summarily fire band members or get into a fistfight backstage.

"They're an awesome band," Trimble said and confessed that he was halfway hoping for some kind of drama backstage.

"There's a small piece of me that wants to see a fistfight, just because I've read about that," he said. "There are two bands of brothers you hear the most about those kinds of things -- Oasis and The Black Crowes."

Still, it's not very likely to happen. Rich and Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes seem to be getting along fine again.

Trimble liked to think of The Dirty Guv'nahs as a band of brothers, though not so much by blood as by music.

"We actually were just a group of friends at the University of Tennessee who really loved two bands," he said. "We loved The Rolling Stones, and we loved The Band."

They founded in 2006. Then, after a few years of slowly building an audience and working their way beyond Knoxville, they released their first album in 2009 and began opening for the occasional major touring act.

After that, they garnered the attention of The Band's Levon Helm, who befriended The Dirty Guv'nahs.

"We recorded our second album at Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock, New York and got to open for Levon's band at two shows," Trimble said.

Trimble said they were even invited up to one of Helm's Christmas parties.

"It was awesome getting connected with someone who inspired us so much," he said.

Helm died in 2012.

Trimble said they stayed close to their core influences for their first two records. By the third album, they started experimenting with more contemporary sounds. The singer didn't sound entirely unhappy with the results, but said the band was going back to its old sound on its new record.

"It's a return to our roots, to soulful rock 'n' roll music. That's who we are. We've tried a couple of different types of music, but soulful rock 'n' roll is what we love, and that's what we want to make."

The record should be out next year.

In the meantime, Trimble said the band had a new live record for fans of its shows to check out. It also has something a little extra for anyone who is in the least bit curious about The Dirty Guv'nahs.

"The very day we're opening for Needtobreathe, we're the featured artist on Noisetrade.com. It's an amazing website," he said. "And while we're the featured artist, anyone can download, for free, our last album.

"So, if you've heard a little about us or heard a song, you can get a whole record for free."

This wasn't meant to overshadow their show at the Civic Center with Needtobreathe, though he was a little surprised about the band's nine Dove awards.

"What's a Dove Award?" He asked. Reach Bill Lynch at lynch@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.


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