Mercy McCoy celebrates with Have Gun Will Travel

Mercy McCoy had the honor of opening Have Gun Will Travel's 10 anniversary festival on Friday night with a 10 song set at Ybor City's New World Brewery.

Have Gun Will Travel have set a precedent for being a bit unprecedented. The band just celebrated their 10 year anniversary, which in itself is atypical for a band that could still be deemed "local." Despite the time spent on their families and careers outside of music, Have Gun Will Travel is an almost household name in Florida, and are well known nationally. Thanks to a string of commercial successes– which includes literal commercial success with their songs being licensed for TV commercial spots– Have Gun Will Travel has toured and endured, and celebrated in true Tampa style last weekend with a two night showcase at two of Tampa's favorite venues.

The night was pretty surreal for me, and I think just pure fun for the rest of the crew. Have Gun Will Travel was a name I knew and associated with "making it" growing up in the Tampa Bay Area. So, being asked to open for them on their ten year anniversary was pretty special for me personally, and I think exciting and fun for the band as a whole. Current members of the Mercy McCoy lineup– Dan Degregory, Ed Woltil, & Steve Connolly– are Tampa Bay Area legends in their own right, and well known/respected by HGWT. Connolly, like with Mercy McCoy, produced Have Gun Will Travel's debut album, which added an extra level of nostalgia to the night.

We not only enjoyed our set, we enjoyed being around a group of laid back, down to earth professionals, that also happen to be great songwriters and performers. We are grateful to have been involved, and also want to say thank you to Broken Mold entertainment of Tampa, for having us on the bill. We always enjoy working with that group, and look forward to continuing to be a part of the musical community and history in our town.

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