by Robert Bell
THE DIRTY GUV'NAHS
9 p.m. Stickyz. $7. 18+.
Among the many things for which we can praise/blame (but mostly praise) The Black Crowes, one of them has got to be that the brothers Robinson et al made it safe for subsequent generations of gangly white boys to get on down, let it all hang out and boogie with unselfconscious, funky abandon and smokin' hot backup singers.
Yeah yeah, the Stones are God and blah blah. And really, they are. "Moonlight Mile" is probably the second best rock song of all time. But it's been at least 30 years since Keef 'n 'em put out an unqualifiedly great album, while there's nary a bum note in the Crowes' 20-plus year catalog. Currently, there are probably half-a-dozen or so acts on the middle-market touring circuit that owe a heavy debt to the Crowes' greasy Southern gospel.
Exhibit A: The Dirty Guv'nahs, a Knoxville sextet that's been plying its bloozey, boozey trade for the last few years to general acclaim. So do these Tennessee boys, with their aviators and perfectly broken-in denim and song titles like, "We'll Be the Light" and "Baby We Were Young" sound like the Crowes? 'Course they do. So is it derivative? Yes, unquestionably. Does that matter? No, not even a little bit.
If you dig bluesy Southern rock with a hint of soul and a touch of swagger, The Dirty Guv'nahs should tide you over very nicely until about a month from now, when you can get your next fix at Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights at Stickyz. Opening act at the 18-and-older gig is Moon Taxi.