Have Gun, Will Travel (band)

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Have Gun will Travel is an alternative folk-rock band, launched on January 24, 2006. Based in Bradenton, Florida, they make reference to the town in several songs, including Salad Days from the album Postcards from the Friendly City ("The Friendly City" is also a reference to Bradenton).

The band has Americana, folk-rock, country music, and punk-rock influence, and has been featured in a national Chevy TV commercial, as well as the PBS series Roadtrip Nation, and CBS’s The Good Wife. On July 31, 2015 the band released their fifth album, Science from an Easy Chair, a full-length concept album based entirely on British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 1914-16 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.[1]

Lead vocalist Matt Burke's songwriting draws on western themes of life and death, honor, and morality throughout the band's narrative songs.[2]

Matt Burke Daniel Burke JP Beaubien Scott Anderson
voice, guitar, harmonica stand-up/elec bass, voice drums, percussion elec. guitar, lap steel


Since the 2008 release of their debut full-length album Casting Shadows Tall As Giants, the album has been in the top 5 most-played album of the year on Tampa's WMNF 88.5 FM.[3][not in citation given] Their fifth album, Science from an Easy Chair, was released on July 31, 2015.

Their five albums:

Casting Shadows Tall as Giants Postcards from the Friendly City Mergers and Acquisitions Fiction, Fact or Folktale? Science from an Easy Chair
"Pistolas at Twenty Paces" "Wolf in Shepherds Clothes" "Dream No More" "Standing at the End of the World" "By Endurance We Conquer"
"Blessing and a Curse" "Sons & Daughters of Gilded Age" "To the Victor Go the Spoils" "Trouble" "Spirit of Discovery"
"Now I Lay me Down" "Salad Days" "Time Machine" "High Road" "True Believers"
"When We were Kings" "Land of the Living" "Freightliner" "The Places" "Surrounded by the Pack"
"Come, All ye Sinners" "Kerosene & Candlelight" "Disappearing Kind" "The Show Must Go On" "Madhouse Promenade"
"Maravilla" "Maritime Rag" "Thirteen Miles to Empty" "Another Fine Mess" "Goodnight, Sweet Chariot"
"Tanqueray Train" "Paperback" "By the Flicker of the Flame" "Silver and the Age of Opulence" "A Call to Arms"
"Garden Suite" "Ship to Shore" "Keep it in Your Heart" "Finer Things" "Good Old Shakespeare"
"It's Not the Heat, It's the Humanity" "Raising a Belated Requiem" "Katharine, Don't Fall Off the Wagon" "Fairweather" "Fortifying the James Caird"
"Sing for the Sorrow" "The Ballad of Asa Dalton" "Song of Seven Sisters" "Take Me Home, Alice" "The Rescue Party"
"Pins & Needles" "Soles of our Shoes" "Crooked Chords" "Despair & Redemption on Elephant Island"
"Ab ovo usque ad mala" "That ol' Death Rattle" "Streets of New England" "Bottom of the World"

Popular culture[edit]

Their song "Blessing and a Curse" (from the album Casting Shadows Tall as Giants) was used during the final scenes and the credits of The Good Wife season 3 episode 21 (The Penalty Box, aired April 22, 2012).[4]


  1. ^ Have Gun, Will Travel official site
  2. ^ McKay, Conor (2008-07-11). "Have Gun, Will Travel: 'Blessing And A Curse'". NPR. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  3. ^ "WMNF Tropical Heatwave 2012". Wmnf.org. 2010-01-01. Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  4. ^ Tunefind: The Good Wife