The Dirty Urchins were conceived one cold night in February 2009, as Freddie Stevenson and David Luther discussed their grim economic futures over a seemingly endless supply of Guinness. Instead of mopping the floor in a Lower East Side restaurant, or getting coffee for some CEO's secretary, they decided to do exactly what it is they do best: play music. Thus, the Urchins were born shortly thereafter as one of the hottest busking bands to grace the streets, parks, and subways of New York City. When Bennett Miller joined David and Freddie to play on the Union Square L-train platform, though, the three knew that what they had stumbled upon was far more than just a busking band: nay, what they had discovered was nothing less than the key to world domination.
Upon emerging from the bowels of the subway that first time, soaked in the marinade of subway grime, Freddie remarked in his usual Scottish eloquence, "My god, we're like a bunch of dirty urchins!" The name stuck.
People often ask the Urchins how they would describe their sound. And while none of the three would claim to be the purveyors of cutting-edge novelty, they have found a blend of styles unique to them. Start with the Dylan-infused Scottish-folk roots of Freddie, add David's love of rhythm n' blues and country, fold in Bennett's indelible sense of groove, and then sprinkle with a jazz sensibility. Serve with a side of humor, and there it is. Rock 'n' folk, perhaps? An army of wordsmiths is still smithing away.
Each of the three members have already enjoyed a considerable amount of success in their personal careers. David has spent a large part of the last three years touring in Meat Loaf's band. He has also performed with jazz artists such as Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Reuben Wilson, and soul acts Bettye Lavette, Dennis Edwards, and the Temptations. Freddie has released two solo albums thus far (Body On The Line, All My Strange Companions) with a third on the way. Bennett maintains a full schedule of upright and electric bass playing locally and internationally, teaches rock band and guitar classes at a public school in Downtown Brooklyn, and produces/engineers music for a variety of NYC musicians in his recording studio.