Dirty Dozen: Dirty River

This dynamic duo are passionate storytellers who have only just begun to tell their story. Not ever wanting to be labelled as fitting into a particular genre, they find their style in everything from heartfelt folk ballads to alternative country blues. Individually they each bring something unique to the sound, but together they create a vibe that takes their audience on an epic musical journey.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
Alternative, eclectic country duo ‘Dirty River’ formed in 2012 around the talents of singer/songwriters Lea May and Jimi Dobbs. Lea was working as a solo artist and needed a fuller sound. Jimi was also searching for something different, having played in bands and solo for more than 20 years. Somehow their voices found each other and it was inevitable that this was the beginning of something that needed to be heard.

How would you describe your music?
We feel that the song falls into an alternative eclectic country style.

Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?
We have definitely been influenced by Justin Townes Earle, Gary Clarke Junior, Waifs, but there are just too many to name.

What are you currently promoting?
Purple Dreams.

Have you got a particular song you’ve done that you’re particularly proud of, one that might define you?
Purple Dreams. Purple Dreams is ultimately a love song that started as the guitar instrumental you hear at the beginning of the song. Within a week Jimi had written the first verse and chorus to depict a story where two people are desperately searching for a kindred spirit who has the ability to love honestly and see them for who they truly are. The second verse was written by Lea, who basically is answering the call, closing one door to hurt and opening another to love.

What are you currently listening to?
Mostly the radio in the car, and ourselves as we are busy doing so many gigs!

And your favourite album of all time, the one you couldn’t do without?
What are your hopes for your future career?
We would just simply like our music to be heard, play festivals and be surrounded by unique musicians and artists for collaboration.

If money were no object what would be your dream project?
Writing and recording more albums!

What’s the best thing about being a musician?
We get to do what we love, we basically have people’s emotions in our hands. Music is just good for the soul.

And the worst?
Late nights.

Author: Rudie Hayes

Rudie is the weekly host of the syndicated radio show - The Horseshoe Lounge Music Session - playing the best American Roots and hosting terrific live guests.

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