The Takers

Have Gun Will Travel

"This Florida roots-rock / Americana quintet earned critical acclaim with their 2008 debut Casting Shadows Tall as Giants, becoming an NPR favorite and getting regular airplay on PBS's Roadtrip Nation. They're like a cross between Death Cab for Cutie and Wilco, thanks partly to singer/guitarist Matt Burke's earnest, Ben Gibbard/Jeff Tweedy-like croon. His lyrics are both imaginitive and vibrant (and printed in a mock newspaper article style insert!), relating historical tales, heartfelt odes to his hometown, and clever social commentary. The outstanding playing (especially from inventive drummer Jean-Paul Beaubien and viola player Joshua Hernandez) and flawlessly detailed production on rollicking songs such as "Sons & Daughters of the Gilded Age," "Kerosene & Candlelight," and "The Ballad of Asa Dalton" further ensures this exceptional album is no sophmoric slump." - The Big Takeover.. "(HGWT) were well outfitted with striking songs and a great ensemble feel. Brothers Matt and Danny Burke front the outfit with winning personalities and solid chops. Since they played the Americana conference a couple of years ago they've made stops in Music City, so if you're into Band-like, elemental roots-and-roll, check 'em out". - Music City Roots, Nashville.. "...organic, infectious Americana Pop. HGWT's music has a refreshing immediacy to it... Excellent work, fellows." - American Songwriter.. "My album of the year, so far... All in all, an exceptional and hugely atmospheric album from a band that shows that there is still room in alt.country for experimentation." - Maverick Magazine (UK).. "a dozen catchy, clever songs... splendidly fleshed out with old-fashioned instrumentation and other organic, ambient sounds that augment the record's endearing, back-porch feel." - Metromix Tampa.. "The band crafts Americana with an edge. Taking influences from a bunch of diverse sources and channeling the whole through their own branding. The mix is infectious..." - Alternate Root Magazine.. "Top 10 contender for album of the year..exceptional atmospheric album" - The Roots of Rock (New Zealand).. "...traditional enough to attract the hardcore Americana fan yet different enough to attract those who are not normally impressed" - Discussions Magazine.. "well-written stories wrapped into pop-tinged folk and americana songs." - onechord.wordpress.com.. "Somewhere between indie pop and Americana, and teetering on that line in a way that seems fresher than usual." - brandnewkindof.wordpress.com.. "Postcards... is a masterpiece" - paperpistol.ca.. "Essential Listening" - Ninebullets.net.. "Stellar" - Tampa Bay Times..

Matt Woods

Here's the short story. Matt has been a figure in the East Tennessee music scene for the past ten years. Located in Knoxville, TN, he has performed in several bands as well as working as a solo artist. Matt has shared the stage with the likes of CAKE, Drivin' n' Cryin', Will Hoge, Kevn Kinney, Roger Clyne (of The Refreshments), Garrison Starr, Tim Lee, Mic Harrison (of the V-Roys and Superdrag), Doug Gillard (of Guided By Voices) , Two Cow Garage, Col. Bruce Hampton & the Code Talkers, Zac Brown, Graham Colton, Brian Vander Ark (of The Verve Pipe), The Features and a seemingly never-ending list of talented independent artists who aren't getting the widespread respect they deserve from points around the globe. Matt spent his earliest years with a band called Magpie Suite, which received a bit of notoriety around the southeast and produced three albums. Until recently, he worked devotedly with his latest band Plan A, where he wrote songs, sang, played guitars, played cards, drank beers, and often drove from show to show along the east coast in a big, brown van named Daisy. Plan A released and supported two full length albums between 2004 and 2009. Through solo performances and band appearances, Matt has averaged over 200 shows a year for the past few years, an average that would be higher if it weren't for a very unfortunate thumb-wrestling accident in the spring of '06. At home, Matt also performs in a duo called Adapted Wood with long time friend Tod Sheley every Monday night, and in several other projects featuring a number of talented musicians. He can also be found sitting in from time to time at random shows in the Knoxville area.

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The Takers with Have Gun Will Travel, Matt Woods

Friday, December 13 · Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM at Loosey's

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