Tampa Bay's best band, Have Gun, Will Travel, recently had its song "Blessing and a Curse" featured on National Public Radio's Second Stage program. "I can't think of a better name for a country-folk band..." intones NPR host Robin Hilton at the top of the segment. "They're from Florida. Their music has a great energy to it with some infectious, sing along choruses and refrains."
Here's where you can download Hilton's glowing introduction and HGWT's "Blessing and a Curse."
Have Gun, Will Travel's Matthew Burke.
NPR.org, July 11, 2008 - Tampa Bay-based alt-country group Have Gun, Will Travel began as the solo project of lead singer and songwriter Matthew Burke, but has since become a full band. Burke put out HGWT's self-titled debut release on his own in 2006. For the band's sophomore release, Casting Shadows Tall as Trees, he's assembled a group of six players, including his brother, Daniel Burke on bass. Casting Shadows is steeped in the country twinges of lap steel, harmonica, banjo, strings, and acoustic guitars. The record's true strength is its artful tributes to classic westerns, tying the album stylistically and thematically to the wild-west in all its gun-blazing glory..
- Click here to view the new HGWT page on NPR.org in its entirety.
- Click here to read my HGWT feature story that ran in April, and here for a concert review of the band's CD release party at Crowbar.
- Click here to enjoy more songs from HGWT's excellent full-length debut Casting Shadows Tall As Giants.
- HGWT performs Sat., July 19 at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa as part of WMNF's 3rd Annual Americana Fest.