Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

 Bradenton, Florida, USA
BandAmericana

"These Tampa Bay upstarts combine chamber-pop melody and mood with folk-punk surge to compelling effect. Fans of Okkervil River and the Avett Brothers will find much to admire in their latest, Casting Shadows Tall as Giants." - Metromix Nashville

Biography

Since the 2008 release of their debut full-length album "Casting Shadows Tall As Giants," Florida's HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL have steadily been gaining momentum. The album garnered praise from national media outlets such as National Public Radio. "Their music has a great energy to it with infectious, sing-along choruses and refrains," commented NPR host Robin Hilton. At Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay Awards show held in Tampa, HGWT took home the Readers' Poll Award for Best Americana Act and Staff pick for Local CD of the Year. The album quickly became the fourth most-played album of the year on Tampa's WMNF 88.5 fm. The album's opening song "Blessing and a Curse" was chosen to appear on every episode of the 2009 season of PBS's Roadtrip Nation, as well as a regional TV and radio ad campaign for GTE Federal Credit Union.

With the release of their anxiously anticipated follow-up album "Postcards from the Friendly City," HGWT secured national distribution through Denver, CO indie label Suburban Home Records. The album debuted at #72 on the CMJ Radio Top 200 chart, climbed to #56 within three weeks and spent three full months on the chart. PBS's Roadtrip Nation came calling again and featured HGWT's "Kerosene & Candlelight" in an episode of their seventh season. As a result of HGWT's hard work and the national attention that it had generated, the band took home the Critic's Pick award for Best Bay Area Breakout in Creative Loafing's 2010 Best of the Bay issue. The album ranked No. 3 on WMNF 88.5 Tampa's list of most-played albums of 2010.

HGWT have toured extensively in support of these two full-length releases, playing showcases at some of the major festivals and music conferences including South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, the Atlantis Music Conference in Atlanta, Tropical Heatwave in Tampa, Gainesville's "The FEST" and Orlando's Anti-Pop Music Festival to name a few.

The band recently began working with with The Music Playground, a music licensing company based in New York. Within just weeks of working together, The Music Playground landed HGWT's ever-popular "Blessing and a Curse" in a national Chevy television ad that began airing in April 2011. HGWT's third full-length album entitled "Mergers & Acquisitions" is slated for a fall release on Denver, CO label Suburban Home Records

Lyrics

Blessing and a Curse

Written By: M. Burke

We watched it all in disbelief at the train station on Christmas Eve.
A tragic tale; a gruesome scene; a bitter end for the Chief of Police.

It was a blessing and a curse. Don't get me wrong, it could be worse.
When you wake to find the Devil where you sleep;
Sounds like you got your money's worth.

Turns out the Chief was on the take. He battled demons no honest man could shake.
They made demands he could not fulfill. The he got caught with his hand in the till.

It was a blessing and a curse. Don't get me wrong, it could be worse.
When it all comes crashing down around your feet;
Will you say you got your money's worth?

That's when the Chief came stumbling in with a half-empty bottle of gin.
The whistle blew; the shot rang out; the bottle shattered as his body hit the ground.

It was a blessing and a curse. Don't get me wrong, it could be worse.
If there's a lesson to be learned, he played with fire and he got burned.
And when it all comes crumbling down into the sea;
I'll say I got my money's worth.

Come, All Ye Sinners

Written By: M. Burke

Cast your eyes on starry skies while I fashion my disguise
from cure-all remedies and bargain-priced redemption.
This may come as a surprise, but I'm not like those other guys.
They're all charlatans and masters of deception.

Just a preacher on a stage in this dark and troubled age.
The signs are there on every page of Revelations.
Armageddon's on its way. Whose prepared for Judgment Day?
Some will perish and some will pay for their salvation
with their generous donations.

Cause I'm spinning a web that's designed to confuse and bewilder.
My weapons are words, and I can kill two birds with one scripture.
I'm your man.

Men in suits, all neatly pressed; Women in their Sunday best.
Watch me dazzle and impress the congregation.
How I sing them all to sleep. Pray the Lord their souls to keep.
By the time they're counting sheep, I'm on vacation
thanks to those donations

Cause I'm spinning a web that's designed to confuse and bewilder.
My weapons are words, and I can kill two birds with one scripture.
I'm your man. I'm your man. I've got the key to the Promised Land.
I'm your man. Take my hand. I'll lead the way to the Promised Land.

That Ol' Death Rattle

Written By: Matthew Burke

Mama, can you hear that ghost train coming
coming on down the line?

Mama, can you feel that cold wind blowing
blowing all through the pines?

It's coming for to take the final breath from my chest
however far I may roam
Suffer me my one and only dying request
and carry my body home

Mama, when you hear that ol' death rattle
won't you bring me back to Bradentown

Mama can you see that old black shadow
creeping up from behind?

Well he's coming for to take the final breath from my chest
however far I may roam
Suffer me my one and only dying request
and carry my body home

Mama, when you hear that ol' death rattle
won't you bring me back to Bradentown

Discography

Casting Shadows Tall As Giants (2008)

Postcards from the Friendly City (2010)

Set List

Set list consists of 35-45 minutes (approx. 8 to 10 songs) of original indie/folk/americana music.