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Mitch Stewart is one of the finest men that we all know. He is a man of his word and a true friend. He has been in the band since the very beginning. He has worked his tail off for this band for the last 4 years. But starting today, Mitch Stewart is no longer a member of The Dirty Guv’nahs. We are all still great friends with him and will see him often. If you happen to see him around Knoxville, please stop and thank him for being such a true example of selflessness.
The Dirty Guv’nahs
Here’s a message from Mitch about his departure.
Hey everyone. As you may know, I made the decision last fall to cut back on my time with the band. With where I am in life currently I feel it’s time for a more definite decision. So, I’ve decided its time for me to step away as an official member of the Dirty Guv’nahs. Although this is a hard decision to make, I truly feel it is the right decision in order to fully pursue other passions in my life.
Over the past four plus years I have had the wonderful privilege to experience the making of a band. It’s a making that began with three guys in the basement of a house and has grown to playing the music we love most in front of all of you. I will never forget the many experiences I had and the relationships built with my six brothers in the band. There are great things ahead for these guys and I look forward to sharing a piece of that as much as you all do. I plan to still play locally, as time allows and I hope to sit in with the Guv’s on the road in scattered occasions. Thank you all for your support of the band.
WE NEED YOU to be in the first music video for The Dirty Guv’nahs!
That’s right… Sunday, April 25th at the Preservation Pub we will be shooting the music video for our single “We’ll Be The Light”. Must be at least 18 yrs old to be in the video. Starts at 7:00pm and will last well into the night. We’ll be giving away FREE BEER from 7-9. This is going to be an epic night. Scott Murphy is directing the video and he is the man. If you’d like to be more involved and play a bigger role in the video, please email us at email@example.com
We’ll have drawings, comedy, Knoxville celebrity iPod mixes, and much much more.
We’ll see you Sunday, April 25th, Preservation Pub, bring your weirdness and friends!
Today is a good day. And Labor Day weekend will be a good weekend. Because we are going on the ZAC BROWN BAND CRUISE! Pack your bags, we’re headed south to the Grand Caymans! To find out more about the cruise and how you can join us, click the picture above.
This is such an honor, and we are extremely excited and humbled to get the chance to be a part of this awesome trip. We will get to the share the stage with some amazing artists like the Zac Brown Band, Michael Franti and Spearhead, the Wood Brothers, and many many more.
Don’t worry, as a band with three read heads, we’ll bring plenty of sunscreen.
PS: Heres a quick overview of the cruise….
Sailing Southern Ground, a floating festival hosted by Zac Brown Band, will be home to 2000 friends that value family, food, and authentic music above all else. For those of you who have been a part of the ZBB experience, you get it. You know that emotional performances, spur-of-the-moment collaborations, amazing new friendships, and incredible stories are never far around the corner. Rather than a two-hour concert that you’ll talk about for a week, we wanted to help bring you a vacation that you’ll talk about for a lifetime. Join us for Labor Day weekend 2010, as Sailing Southern Ground will be bringing fans together from all over the globe for one hell of a good time.
We’ll be departing from Tampa, FL on September 2nd, 2010, visiting beautiful Grand Cayman, and returning to Tampa on September 6th. While on board, you can expect an incredible main stage show from your host Zac Brown Band, with many more musicians to be added later. When you’re not listening to pure musical performances, you’ll be hanging out with your closest friends on a beautiful cruise ship, lounging in crystal clear pools or at one of a dozen bars, eating in one of many on board restaurants, enjoying 24-hour room service, and maybe even gambling in the full service casino.
We want to do something special this week. This is a guest blog from one of our good friends, a great fan of the band, and a part of our family, who went on this past weekend’s trip to Georgia with us. Thank you Eric Savage.
I still remember about 3 years ago meeting at Mitch, Justin, James and some other friends at their house before heading out to Toddy’s on a Friday night. What I heard when I walked up sounded like a high school garage band,. There were 3 other guys playing with them I’d never met. And they were all pretty excited about getting this band together to play a show in the Old City. My thoughts were not the same as I was to ready to go out that night. It’s crazy to look back and see what has culminated. Needless to say my thoughts now are not at all what they once were and that has become very apparent to me the last four months.
Four months ago I started tagging along with these guys on their out of town shows and really had a chance to see what the music and band is all about. These guys have really welcomed me into their family and what they are doing is so much bigger than what they realize. It really is amazing to see the turnout when they play a show at Barleys and its packed upstairs and down with just about everyone in Knoxville we know and a lot we don’t. The coolest thing it when they are playing a show that is 4 hours away and the majority of the crowd is singing along to their songs. That’s when I’m blown away and I can see that this is going to be much bigger than expected.
The trip started Friday when we all loaded in the van and headed down to Atlanta where they had a show at Vinyl. The venue was great and the folks in Atlanta were really digging the music. The guys, with Cozmo sitting in, played a few of their new songs and if you haven’t got the chance to hear them live yet you definitely should make it out to the next show. They make me really excited about the next album. This show set the stage for what was going to be a legendary weekend.
The next morning we woke up and headed out to pay homage to the creator of Southern Rock and the best slide guitarist to ever live, Duane Allman. When we arrived at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon it was probably the prettiest cemetery around. We meandered around for probably 45 minutes on this 65 acre property looking for the grave until we realized there was a map that we walked right past. When we finally located the grave it was surreal moment and we were all left a little speechless. There’s something about the death of a person who was truly great at something to make you a little introspective. This was like a trip to Mecca for the band because they channeled something from the site of Duane that most definitely carried on to the nights show.
We arrived in downtown Macon around 8:30 at The Hummingbird and set up. The band was slated to go on at ten and I must say that I was a little nervous looking out at the sparse crowd. By 11 when they decided to go on the placed had filled out and had a crowd that came to get rowdy. What happened next was amazing and left me speechless. They played their hearts out that night giving The Hummingbird every bit of rock ‘n roll energy they had, giving the crowd so much energy it felt like an oncoming freight train. Every song just as big and loud as the next that kept you on your toes all night.
I must say that as fun as the shows are it’s the rides in the van that are best part of trips. The van has added a positive element to the band unlike any other. I feel like the constant laughing at and with each other, the 100 degree temperatures in the summer, the smell the next morning after having eaten 45 Krystal’s in it the night before, waking up in it (at least for 2 of us), rocking out to “Come On Eileen”, and the plethora of randomness in the floor of it makes for the great energy and positivity that you see on stage. In the van it’s like your best friends living room, comedy club, and juke box on wheels.
My only regret at this time is not going on these trips a lot sooner than I did. I think I speak for a great number of family, friends, and fans when I say I can’t wait until were traveling as a job on a bus and the world knows how great the music is. I have feeling that it may be here sooner than we think.