Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, the Dirty Guv'nahs are a full-bodied Americana band whose music wraps up rock & roll, rhythm & blues, and honky tonk country in one inspired package. The group's fourth album, 2014's Hearts on Fire, captures the fire and commitment that made the group one of Tennessee's hottest homegrown outfits, featuring 11 original songs that show off the passionate vocals of James Trimble, the swaggering lead guitar work of Cozmo Holloway, and the expert keyboards and backing vocals of Kevin Hyfantis. Financed through a crowd-funding campaign and released through the group's own Summertown Records label, Hearts on Fire is a symbol of the belief the Dirty Guv'nahs' have placed in their music, and one listen to the album will demonstrate why their emotional force and spirited belief resonate with so many people.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Deming