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Bradenton, Florida's multiple Best of the Bay-winning Americana makers HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL have a natural instinct for combining folk, pop, rock and country influences to create a distinctive 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 magazine called HGWT's music "organic, infectious Americana Pop. Their music has a refreshing immediacy to it." Released in 2008, HGWT's debut full-length release Casting Shadows Tall as Giants received critical praise from regional and national media outlets. The album's opening song "Blessing and a Curse" was chosen to appear on every episode of the 2009 season of PBS's Roadtrip Nation, as well as a regional credit union's TV and radio ad campaign. HGWT's anxiously anticipated follow-up album Postcards from the Friendly City debuted at #72 on the CMJ Radio Top 200 chart. The album climbed to #56 within three weeks and spent three full months on the chart. PBS's Roadtrip Nation came calling again and featured HGWT's "Kerosene & Candlelight" in an episode of their seventh season. The album ranked No. 3 on WMNF 88.5 Tampa's list of most-played albums of 2010. HGWT have toured extensively in support of these releases, performing at some of the major festivals and music conferences including South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, the Atlantis Music Conference in Atlanta, and more recently the first annual Orlando Calling Festival and Tampa's Gasparilla Music Festival to name a few. The band began working with The Music Playground, a music licensing company based in New York. Within just weeks of working together, The Music Playground landed HGWT's ever-popular "Blessing and a Curse" in a national Chevy television ad as well as a recent episode of the CBS series The Good Wife. HGWT's third full-length album Mergers & Acquisitions, released in November of 2011 on Suburban Home Records, might be the band's best and most focused effort to date. The new album will appeal not only to fans of current Americana artists such as The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show, but also to fans of early Bob Dylan, John Prine and Gram Parsons. HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL is currently touring in support of this release.