Photo review: Have Gun Will Travel, Matt Butcher, John Ralston & Mike Dunn at New World Brewery

Have Gun, Will Travel


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Have Gun, Will Travel are darlings of Florida's Americana scene with their fresh take on the genre. Matt started off their set with a solo performance of the "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie, which was very sweet. Who doesn't identify with "Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me." Then the rest of band joined in, leading the audience through a hand-clapping, danceworthy mix of new and old material. Reportedly, HGWT's new CD is due out in November; the rumored date for a CD release show is November 14. Hopefully, this date will be changed since it happens to fall on the same night as The Get Up Kids reunion at State Theatre (and the night after the Lucero show at Czar). It will be great to have the new songs recorded, especially "Salad Days" with its ear candy qualities.


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Have Gun, Will Travel is Scott Anderson (elec. guitar, lap steel), Jean-Paul Beaubien (drums), Matthew Burke (voice, accoustic guitar), Daniel Burke (bass guitar, voice) and Joshua Hernandez (viola)


Matt Butcher


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Matt Butcher is an excellent eco-conscious folk rocker from Orlando (note the reusable water bottle he brings with him to shows in the lower left corner of the above photo). Matt alternates between performing solo as he did this evening and with his full band, The Revolvers. His last performance in Tampa opening for The Avett Brothers wowed the audience into a bevy of new fans. My favorite song and one you should check out on his myspace: "Me & My Friends."


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John Ralston


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John Ralston is an indie rock singer songwriter with just an iota of folkishness. Hailing from Lake Worth, he has a couple records out, most recently on Vagrant Records (of The Get Up Kids fame ... as mentioned earlier, the reunion show takes place Nov. 14 at State Theatre), but he's been on hiatus for awhile. I hope this current tour with Mike Dunn & The Kings of New England will encourage him to be out and about more.


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Mike Dunn & The Kings of New England


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I first saw Mike Dunn & The Kings of New England a couple months ago after The Hold Steady show and then again a few weeks later at WMNF's Americana Fest. Mike Dunn is a true entertainer and plays a unique version of American-style rock n' roll. I'm impressed with the consistent showmanship and professionalism of these musicians. This show was the first of their tour in support of Sundowner. Check out "Marietta" and "Princeton" on their Myspace page to get a sense of the depth of their sound. I also really like the song "Paper Candy" off of The Edge of America E.P. -- the refrain stays in your head for days after hearing it, but in a good way.


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Mike Dunn and The Kings of New England are Mike Dunn (Vocals, Guitar, Piano) and depending on the performace an assortment of the following regal players: Jacob Kaplan (Bass Guitar), Joey Bradshaw (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals), Cannon Lee (Drums), Kyle Pierce (Guitar, Pedal Steel), Andy Simmonds (B3 Organ, Vocals), Chris Martin (Drums, Bass Guitar, Vocals), Daniel "Bones" Anderson (Drums, Smiles), C.J. Mask (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Jeff Snow (Drums, Metal History), Dean Lorenz (Shred) and Susan "Soon to be" Snow (Violin).


Calendar these upcoming Americana shows:


  • Sept. 19 - Truckstop Coffee (CD Release Party), Gentlemen Please, Old North East & Selia Tera at New World Brewery


  • Oct. 1 - Rebekah Pulley, Greenland Is Melting, Jon Gaunt & Me and the Devil at New World Brewery


  • Oct. 26 - Modern Skirts, The Old Ceremony & Special Guests TBA at Czar



  • Nov. 13, 2009 - Lucero at Czar


  • Nov. 21, 2009 - Revival Tour at State TheatreFor more photos, please visit the following links:






Have Gun, Will Travel (pictured below), Matt Butcher, John Ralston, and Mike Dunn & The Kings of New England created a mini-Americana fest at New World Brewery this past Friday, September 11, a show brought to you by New Granada Presents.

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