Have Gun, Will Travel
Morning River Band, The People
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
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Have Gun, Will Travel
Florida's multiple Best of the Bay-winning Americana makers 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."
HGWT's music has been featured in a national Chevy TV commercial; multiple episodes of the PBS series Roadtrip Nation; a GTE Federal Credit Union TV and radio ad campaign; and an episode of CBS's The Good Wife. Their albums have spent months on the CMJ Radio Top 200 chart and ranked as high as No. 3 on WMNF 88.5 Tampa's list of most-played albums.
HGWT's live performances have been described as rousing, rollicking, energetic and dynamic. "Matt Burke & co. have what it takes to win over any crowd" - Suburban Apologist
The band's fourth full-length album "Fiction, Fact or Folktale?" was released in September 2013 on This Is American Music.
Morning River Band
“For some good old time, country rock tunes, spend a few minutes listening to the Morning River Band.”
Sometimes the most innovative artists look to the past for inspiration. Such is the case with Philadelphia, PA's Morning River Band, who shine with traditional Americana on their third release, To Suzie. Recorded in 2012 by Steve Poponi and Matt Weber at Gradwell House, To Suzie will be released on May 21, 2013—digitally via Bandcamp, iTunes, and CDBaby, and on limited-edition colored vinyl.
Formed in 2009 by Jeffrey Fields and Philip Kunkle, the Morning River Band soon added Denny Barron on bass and later Arthur Herrmann on electric guitar and dobro, with frequent guest appearances by Morgan Caulfield on vocals. Of the band's second release, Between the Ocean and the Blues, Indie Music Reviewer wrote that “Morning River Band is a band that covers the genre gamut very well and should be on your iPod, especially if you are a fan of the great Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis [or] Tom Petty.” XPN2’s local-music blog, The Key, drew other comparisons after a live performance, “the vibe of the room hinted at the big touchstones – Willie Nelson, Gram Parsons, The Louvin Brothers – but in a reverential way, not something that attempted to falsely recast the style for city folk.”
Like those greats, Morning River Band offers strong songwriting, often showcasing the dark humor that trademarks folk music. “Hangover Blues” finds Caulfield singing, “I wonder if the savior ever drank too much of that wine / I'm sure he would if he were broke like me and cryin' all the time.” “Pills and Pabst Blue Ribbon, make my worries disappear / Jesus Christ! Let's sing it twice for everyone to hear!” goes one verse of “Drinking Blues, No. 4.”
To Suzie, described by Fields as “an ode to good riddance,” was inspired by encounters with George Jones and Jim Beam. The record's nine tracks (most of which clock in at around two minutes) spin the narrative with nods to booze, Jesus, and broken hearts along the way. The first track, “Suzie's Theme,” is a bluesy instrumental that highlights Herrmann's musical chops. Later, “Bury Me” is an a cappella track delivered powerfully by Fields.
“It’s tough being a country band in Philly,” Fields has asserted, but with the amount of talent that comprises To Suzie, things should get easier for this country band from the city.
The People are Philadelphia's most exciting folk/rock band. With influences ranging from Wilco to Billie Holiday, The People bring show-stopping technique and musicianship and sing-a-long choruses to every show they play. Formed in the Fall of 2012, The People are quickly gaining notoriety as being "amazing story tellers who draw their listeners in, leaving them with no choice but to hang onto their every word" (audiofemme.com).
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