“I’ve got fear in my body, and I don’t know where to start, fear in my body but fire in my heart.”
These soulful words unlock the truths of Hearts on Fire, The Dirty Guv’nahs third studio album, with humanity and honesty.
“Every generation has a past, I don’t wanna be a soldier for the last,” declares James Trimble on the opening track, reminding fans why they started listening to the Guvs in the first place.
Authenticity. Passion. Fire.
This six-piece brotherhood from Knoxville, Tennessee, is called “a fiercely soulful band” by the Boston Globe, and has been affirmed by Paste Magazine to “know rock and roll from the inside out.”
The live experience of The Dirty Guv’nahs has been hailed as one of the best in the southeast and according to Music Connection Magazine, “The Dirty Guv’nahs don’t just play music; they capture the human experience through song.” This experience is led by the soulful holler of singer / songwriter James Trimble, and accentuated by the intricate lead guitar work of Cozmo Holloway and the tasteful piano, organ, and harmony vocals of Kevin Hyfantis. The sturdy rhythm section of the band is filled out by brothers Justin and Aaron Hoskins’ on bass and drums, along with the glue and musical leadership of songwriter Michael Jenkins on the rhythm guitar.
The Guvs music have had a great year. Their music has been featured on 5 network television programs and they’ve had standout festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and SXSW, while also opening for a diverse and notable list of major artists including Wilco, The Black Crowes, Train, Zac Brown Band, and NEEDTOBREATHE.
“We’ve been writing and recording songs for Hearts on Fire for the last 12 months,” says Trimble, “but if I’m honest this album has been writing itself ever since the first time we jumped in the van 8 years ago and decided to hit the road. Making music is a marathon, not a sprint and we’ve just now found our voice.”
Hearts on Fire conveys fear and excitement that comes with new opportunities as heard in the lead single “Morning Light”: “All I get is this one little life you see / What I want is the freedom to just be me.”
Eleven total tracks showcase a broad musical diversity of rock and roll, country, blues, and southern soul. Hauntingly direct and honest lyrics echo with listeners young and old and tell stories of hope, fear, and heart.
Their hard work, tears, growth and exploration are evident in the rough yet refined melodies of Hearts on Fire.
Six men. One resounding message: at the bottom of it all is where you’ll find hope.