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    FLORIDA-BASED ROOTS-ROCK BAND HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL TO RELEASE THEIR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM SCIENCE FROM AN EASY CHAIR JULY 31ST VIA THIS IS AMERICAN MUSIC

    Have Gun, Will Travel‘s highly anticipated, fifth album Science from an Easy Chair is slated for release this summer on This Is American Music. This full-length concept album is based entirely on British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 1914-16 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Named after a book by Ray Lankester on popular science from which the crew would read aloud, the album delivers its own interpretation of this amazing story of survival and endurance. Science… was produced by Shawn Kyle and recorded in Tampa, Florida. Along with HGWT’s own distinctive instrumentation, the musical framework of the album is rife with luscious string arrangements, crooning horn sections and rich percussion. The release commemorates the 100th anniversary of the epic journey.

    The Florida-based roots quartet have a natural instinct for combining folk, pop, punk, rock and classic country influences to create a sound all their own. “Their music has a great energy to it with infectious, sing-along choruses and refrains” remarked NPR’s Robin Hilton. American Songwriter called HGWT’s music “organic, infectious Americana Pop. Their music has a refreshing immediacy to it.”

    Over the course of four acclaimed albums, hundreds of shows and copious populist-radio airplay, they’ve nurtured a tradition of inviting all manner of gifted musicians to join the fray. The group’s inclusive nature allows it to flesh out tunes that run the gamut from foot-stomping front-porch spirituals and evocative Texas swing to strum-punk rave-ups, hill-country historicals and more.

    HGWT’s music has been featured in a national Chevy TV commercial; multiple episodes of the PBS series Roadtrip Nation; and an episode of CBS’s The Good Wife. Their albums have spent months on the CMJ Radio Top 200 chart. And their live performances have been described as rousing, rollicking, energetic and dynamic.

    Have Gun, Will Travel’s Science from an Easy Chair is out now on white vinyl, CD & digital formats via This Is American Music.

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    Have Gun, Will Travel is:
    Matt Burke – vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, keys
    Daniel Burke – stand-up & electric bass, vocals
    Scott Anderson – electric & lap steel guitars, vocals
    Jean-Paul Beabien – drums, percussion, vocals

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    SCIENCE FROM AN EASY CHAIR TRACK LISTING:
    1. By Endurance We Conquer
    2. Spirit Of Discovery
    3. True Believers
    4. Surrounded By The Pack
    5. Madhouse Promenade
    6. Goodnight, Sweet Chariot
    7. A Call To Arms
    8. Good Old Shakespeare
    9. Fortifying The James Caird
    10. The Rescue Party
    11. Despair & Redemption On Elephant Island
    12. Bottom Of The World

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    PRESS RELEASE FOR HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL’S PREVIOUS ALBUM FICTION, FACT OR FOLKTALE?

    Bradenton, Florida’s Have Gun, Will Travel have a natural instinct for combining folk, pop, rock and classic country influences to create a sound all their own. “Their music has a great energy to it with infectious, sing-along choruses and refrains” remarked NPR’s Robin Hilton. American Songwriter called HGWT’s music “organic, infectious Americana Pop. Their music has a refreshing immediacy to it.”

    Over the course of three acclaimed albums, hundreds of shows and copious populist-radio airplay, they’ve nurtured a tradition of inviting all manner of gifted musicians to join the fray. The group’s inclusive nature allows it to flesh out tunes that run the gamut from foot-stomping front-porch spirituals and evocative Texas swing to strum-punk rave-ups, hill-country historicals and more.

    HGWT’s music has been featured in a national Chevy TV commercial; multiple episodes of the PBS series Roadtrip Nation; and an episode of CBS’s The Good Wife. Their previous albums have spent months on the CMJ Radio Top 200 chart. And their live performances have been described as rousing, rollicking, energetic and dynamic.

    The band’s highly anticipated, fourth full-length album Fiction, Fact or Folktale? will be available September 10th on CD and digital formats through This Is American Music. The album was mixed by HGWT’s own Scott Anderson and mastered by Rodney Mills (Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Drive-By Truckers).

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD & SHARE HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL’S NEW SINGLE “STANDING AT THE END OF THE WORLD”

    Turns out that music isn’t the only thing Have Gun, Will Travel are passionate about. The band recently partnered with Tampa’s award-winning Cigar City Brewing to create their own craft beer inspired by their unique tastes in both music and brew. Their High Road Ale (a pale ale with a hint of citrus, and named after their song “High Road” from their new album Fiction, Fact of Folktale?) recently won the National Grand Championship at the United States Beer Tasting Competition in the Pale Ale category. Not bad for a bunch of beer-loving musicians.

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    FICTION, FACT OR FOLKTALE? TRACK LISTING:

    1. Standing at the End of the World

    2. Trouble

    3. High Road

    4.The Places

    5. The Show Must Go On

    6. Another Fine Mess

    7. Silver and the Age of Opulence

    8. Finer Things

    9. Fairweather

    10. Take Me Home, Alice

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  • HERE’S WHAT MEDIA HAS BEEN SAYING ABOUT HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL:

    • With the musical sensibility of Old 97’s and the lyrical prowess of Lucero, Have Gun, Will Travel paint a mesmerizing picture with these new songs. - DIFFUSER.FM
    • A solid record from start to finish loaded with songs that will stand up over time. This batch of tunes will stimulate the brain, tickle the auditory senses and demand to be listened to time and time again. Have Gun, Will Travel set out on an ambitious undertaking that had a high risk of failure, they tossed caution to the wind and delivered in a big way. - NO DEPRESSION
    • [4/5 stars] Despite an already impressive catalog, Science from an Easy Chair is easily HGWT’s best. And it may be the beginning of their golden age. – CREATIVE LOAFING: TAMPA
    • Whether it be pop-infused choruses or personal, soul-baring folk, the Bradenton, Florida band Have Gun, Will Travel have far more going on to be lazily stuffed into one vague genre box. This has never been more true than on their fifth full-length studio album Science From an Easy Chair. The album is based entirely on British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 1914-16 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, and delivers its own interpretation of this amazing story of survival and endurance. - GLIDE MAGAZINE
    • A boot-stomping mix of country, folk, and roots rock. - AMERICAN SONGWRITER
    • [5/5 STARS] It's amazing how well this works. A phenomenal album. - ALT.COUNTRY.NL
    • [Best Picks] Over the course of five albums, Have Gun, Will Travel have gone from a Bradenton, Florida bar band carving out a niche with Alt Country to a band showing what the genre can be if you let your muse go. Touring, performing, and doing it all again and again has created a group with one musical mind on their most recent release, Science from an Easy Chair. - THE ALTERNATE ROOT
    • Conceptually based on Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-'16 Trans-Antarctic Expedition and is musically based on wayfaring sorts like Tom Petty and the Waterboys. - MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
    • Overall Science From An Easy Chair is a bold adventure and a crackingly good album. - BLABBER ‘N’ SMOKE
    • …incredibly catchy. - AXS
    • For their latest album, Bradenton Americana heroes Have Gun, Will Travel got ambitious. While the subject matter of Science From An Easy Chair revolves around a frigid tale of survival and camaraderie on the frozen ocean, the LP is a warm, melody-driven and energetic collection of expertly-told stories that are wrought with emotions that range from desperation to pure elation. - TAMPA BAY TIMES
    • … a melodic meld of folk and rock. Science from an Easy Chair does a remarkable job of distilling a three-year saga into a 45-minute album. - HERALD TRIBUNE
    • Have Gun, Will Travel nails the bullseye with Science from an Easy Chair. - THE RIPPLE EFFECT
    • The tremendously talented Tampa twang-rock band, Have Gun, Will Travel, released Science From an Easy Chair this year to continue their legacy as one of Florida's best contributions to the Americana canon. - ORLANDO WEEKLY
    • Who says rock'n'roll rots your brain? - ADOBE & TEARDROPS
    • HGWT has acutely harnessed its distinct blend of lush American roots music into an over-arching narrative of determination, perseverance and survival instinct. Having lived these stories themselves -  likely enduring their fair share of nights in non-descript towns playing to vacant bars, countless flat tires, sleep deprivation and seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel -  the sleight-of-hand genius of the album’s conceit poses only one question: how can Have Gun, Will Travel top this outing? - BUCKETFULL OF NAILS
    • A strong collection. – ALTCOUNTRYFORUM
    • Have Gun, Will Travel’s Revival Fest set in support of their stellar new album Science from an Easy Chair was one of the highlights of a day filled with highlights. - HISSING LAWNS
    • You can take Science from an Easy Chair from Florida's Have Gun, Will Travel as another excellent addition to the catalog of southern rock typified in the recent decade by Drive-By Truckers. Or you can take it as one of the few well executed concept albums; one on which the songs stand up artistically by themselves and in service to the overall theme. But whatever you do, take the album. It is that good. It is southern rock, muscular pop, epic folk and Americana/country blended into a fantastic tapestry of music. - WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY
    • An audacious move that brings to mind more theatrically oriented bands like Okkervil River, Frontier Ruckus or the Decemberists. - KRFC / ROUTES & BRANCHES
    • [4/5 stars!] These songs are nothing short of entertaining. This album merits some attention … and you might learn a thing or two along the way. - PITTSBURGH IN TUNE
    • Aside from being a potted history of the Antarctic exploration that you can sing along and tap your feet to, it’s also a pretty damn fine collection of tunes and one that deserves to see the band finding much wider exposure, and not just in navigational circles. - FOLK RADIO UK
    • Have Gun, Will Travel manage to wear a variety of musical hats throughout Science from an Easy Chair without abandoning their core country-folk aesthetic, and much like [other] successful historic concept albums, you don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate it. - SURVIVING THE GOLDEN AGE
    • Hearty Americana based rockers mixed in with folkier cuts and even some slightly experimental instrumental interludes. And the songs are linked into the story of an historical Antarctic expedition, which makes for an interesting full album journey. This is a solid, well-executed album. – DC ROCK LIVE
    • Infectious singalong choruses are the signature of this poppy Americana act. – FLAGPOLE
    • Science From an Easy Chair features songs that treat events from the 1914-17 Antarctica excursion as if they're happening today, and delivers its own interpretation of the amazing story of survival and endurance. – JANESVILLE GAZETTE
    • NPR loves these alt-folk-rock renegades, as do their fellow Floridians. - PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY
    • “… a rustic blend of indie folk, classic country and hook-driven rock ‘n’ roll. - LANSING CITY PULSE
    • Have Gun, Will Travel's fourth, and best, full-length “Fiction, Fact or Folktale?” is a superb slice of Americana. Whether celebrating life or examining its miseries, this album succeeds on every level. - SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE
    • Tunes meant straight for the heart of the Great American Songbook.- LAKE WORTH ARTS
    • Have Gun, Will Travel are of the crop of country and folk artists that are somewhat removed from the mainstream, and all the better for it. Their sound is clearly still evolving. And I, for one, see good things for this talented quartet. - ROOTS MUSIC EXAMINER
    • Fiction, Fact of Folktale is a ten-track record that kicks ass from start to finish and is the perfect cross section of everything HGWT does best; catchy music and brilliant lyrics. While their album impresses, it is their live performances that deliver the goods. They get a little rowdy, they get a lot loud and their songs possess an energy rivaled by few performers. - ATLANTA EXAMINER
    • On Fiction, Fact or Folktale Have Gun, Will Travel create an atmosphere with Burke's engaging voice and folky instrumentation making you want to join in. – WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY
    • Have Gun, Will Travel’s 'Standing At The End Of The World' is a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, autumn-feeling sort of roots song. It's a cheerful little song about peering over the edge of the abyss, the perfect song to soundtrack a fall road trip to nowhere in particular. - SPEAKERS IN CODE
    • Have Gun, Will Travel’s Fiction, Fact or Folktale? is certainly one of the best albums so far this year. - ADOBE & TEARDROPS
    • Essential Listening. - NINE BULLETS