The Whiskey Gentry

The Whiskey Gentry

Have Gun Will Travel

Tue, June 6, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

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The Whiskey Gentry
The Whiskey Gentry
Paste Magazine once said The Whiskey Gentry was a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass…with a punk-inspired kick drum.” Although the band's sound dwells most generally under the country category, to stifle them with that label isn't fair. Lauren Staley's voice, as thoroughly Americana as any of her folk counterparts, rings as clear as a bell. There's some honky-tonk in their DNA, a wink at bluegrass, but there's also a hint of garage rock.

Formed in 2009 by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, the Atlanta based band has spent the majority of the last seven years touring the US, averaging over 150 shows per year. They’ve also enjoyed two European tours. A festival circuit favorite, major appearances of theirs include Shaky Knees, Shaky Boots, Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, FloydFest, Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Q, and The Simple Man Cruise. They’ve opened for many diverse acts such as Butch Walter, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Shooter Jennings, Kid Rock, Infamous Stringdusters, and Donna the Buffalo.

The Whiskey Gentry have independently released two full-length albums. The band’s 2011 debut, Please Make Welcome, garnered critical acclaim with “Cost of Loving You” selected as a finalist in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at MerleFest. The follow up, 2013’s Holly Grove, showcased the band’s edgier Americana sound; it peaked at #16 on the Americana Radio Chart.

Live from Georgia arrived in 2014, capturing the raw energy and powerful stage presence fans across the world have come to expect from performances. The band’s new release, entitled Dead Ringer, began recording at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studio in October 2015, with plans to release in April 2017.

Hunter S. Thompson wrote that “the whiskey gentry” was “a pretentious mix of booze, failed dreams, and a terminal identity crisis.” While the band does enjoy a good pour, their dreams are becoming reality, their identity is distinct, and the future looks bright. They don't need gimmicks, tricks or a lot of takes. They don't need you to think they look or sound shiny. They just want to catch you tapping your toe.
Have Gun Will Travel
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.”

HGWT’s music has been featured in a national Chevy TV commercial, as well as the PBS series Roadtrip Nation, CBS’s The Good Wife, and Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown. Their live performances have been described as rousing, rollicking, energetic and dynamic. Accompanied by the sweeping lap steel of guitarist Scott Anderson, singer-songwriter Matt Burke enthusiastically leads brother Danny Burke (bass) and JP Beaubien (drums) through a collection of songs that run the gamut from foot-stomping front-porch spirituals and evocative Texas swing to strum-punk rave-ups, hill-country historicals and more.

HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL’s highly anticipated, fifth studio album Science from an Easy Chair was recently released 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. Produced by Shawn Kyle and recorded in Tampa, Science… delivers its own interpretation of this amazing story of survival and endurance. 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.

Science from an Easy Chair is being called “a root-rock opus…HGWT’s crowning masterpiece” (Bucket Full Of Nails), “easily HGWT’s best” (Creative Loafing), and “a solid record from start to finish loaded with songs that will stand up over time” (No Depression). “Boasting full-bodied playing and production, Science is like an arresting book on tape, but one you’ll want to listen to over and over.” (Big Takeover)
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com