Great American Taxi: A Benefit for The DiscoverHope Fund

Great American Taxi - photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Great American Taxi is ready to charge into 2009 with a new album on the horizon and some new members in the cab.  In December of 2008 founding members Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) and Chad Staehly brought their new line-up and a few special guests into Backbone Studio in Loveland, CO to record the next evolution to their "Americana without borders" brand of music.  Filled with electric folk, alt-country, a dash of bluegrass and good ol' rock and roll, Taxi has found their stride and sound. The latest version of Taxi includes Jim Lewin on electric guitar and vocals, Edwin Hurwitz on bass guitar and Chris Sheldon on drums and vocals.  Barry Sless is also considered a member at large adding pedal steel and guitar when he can get away from his other gigs and jump into the Taxi

The band has been led by Herman and Staehly since its' inception for a Rainforest Action Group benefit show in March of 2005.  Now approaching well over 400 shows, the band has kept a fairly busy schedule of 140 shows a year and has hit a lot of the premier music festivals along the way including High Sierra Music Fest, Wakarusa, Summer Camp, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Dunegrass, nightgrass slots at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the list goes on.  After a brief tour in fall of 2008 supporting Railroad Earth, the idea was hatched to have Tim Carbone (fiddle player from Railroad Earth) produce Taxi's latest album, and it proved to be a magical marriage. Carbone also added some fiddle to a few tracks complimenting Taxi's big sound which includes Herman's acoustic guitar, Staehly's rock and honky-tonk piano and organ work, Lewin's west coast telecaster guitar assault, Hurwitz's funky bass lines and Sheldon's tasty percussive blend.  Sless also added some pedal steel and guitar, and Carbone brought in a horn section and some gospel singers for a few tunes as well.  This all supports Taxi's original song-writing, which is also complimented by 3 part harmonies and strong lead vocals from four of the five members.

Great American Taxi's sound has been compared to a variety of roots oriented bands including New Riders of the Purple Sage, a "Grateful Dead for the new millennium," Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, The Byrds and more.  People will hear threads of the Leftover Salmon fabric propelled by an inspired Herman being supported by a cast of talented minstrels ready to follow Herman to the land of 'Festival!"  Herman's in-your- face, in-the-moment improvisation helps bring the party to Taxi's well-crafted songs.  People from all backgrounds will be able to latch onto something in the band's sound.  Great American Taxi is truly a melting pot of musical tastes and styles all rolled into their "Americana without borders."  Look for Taxi's latest album to be released in March of 2009. 

The DiscoverHope Fund (DHF) is an international development organization promoting abundance for women and their families living in economic poverty through microcredit and sustainable support systems.  DHF creates an entrepreneurial framework for the poor to actively participate in their own economic advancement, personal empowerment, and life transformation.  Of the worlds 6.1 billion inhabitants, one of every five (more than one billion people) live on less than one US dollar a day.  Nearly half of the human race, more than 3 billion people, live on less than 2 US dollars a day and are faced with the life-threatening reality of poverty every day.  These numbers represent real people, real families, and real stories of those who are trapped in poverty and cannot adequately feed, clothe, or shelter themselves.  DHF is rooted with the passion and vision to create a world that really works for everyone.  

Who:      Great American Taxi featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon

            w/ Creek Road Ramblers

Where:    Coconut Louie's 2303 E. Washington #8 Bloomington, IL

When:     Saturday, March 7th

WEB:      www.greatamericantaxi.net Press photos, bios, dates and much more!

How Much: $10 – includes a raffle ticket towards 2VIP tickets to Summer Camp

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