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MOON TAXI ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR!

Nashville road warriors Moon Taxi have been steadily picking up steam across the country, building a loyal following of music fans dedicated to the band’s relentless energy, inspired songwriting, and instrumental prowess. Having opened for the likes of Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Matisyahu, and DJ Logic, the five-piece are hitting the road for an extensive summer headlining tour.

Formed three years ago in Nashville, TN, Moon Taxi hit the ground running and hasn’t slowed down, beginning by pounding the Southeast club circuit and soon selling out venues in their hometown. Honing their skills on the road and developing a unique sound that joins together a multitude of rock sub-genres into an explosion of red hot rock n’ roll, the band has found its home on the live stage. Vocalist and guitarist Trevor Terndrup commands his position as a frontman-to-watch with his high-flying vocals and magnetic personality that combine with his band mate’s technical skill and complex sonic structures to create a joyous force of nature. Drummer Tyler Ritter anchors the group with propulsive and evolving beats while bassist Tommy Putnam delivers lines that groove between soul and rock, laying a textured foundation that’s both unyielding and unrestricted. Some of the most explosive moments are sparked by Wes Bailey on keys and guitarist Spencer Thomson, whose dizzying solos are met with instant gratification from their audience.  The band’s tenacity on stage and on the road has led to securing coveted slots at festivals such as 10,000 Lakes Festival, Moe’s Summer Camp and Birmingham’s City Stages and is captured on the vibrant and explosive live album, Live Ride, released in 2009. Be sure to catch Moon Taxi at these intimate gigs before they catapult into the rock n’ roll stratosphere.

Don’t miss your chance to catch MOON TAXI live this summer:

6/10/10                       Ithaca, NY @ Castaway’s

6/11/10                       Freeport, ME @ Music Bar

6/12/10                       Newton, NJ @ Hobo Bar

6/13/10                       Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw

6/16/10                       Frostburg, MD @ Dante’s

6/17/10                       Annapolis, MD @ The Whiskey

6/18/10                       Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

6/19/10                       Columbus, OH @ Basement

6/20/10                      Indianapolis, IN @ Birdy’s

6/22/10                       Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s

6/23/10                       S. Haven, MI @ Foundry

6/24/10                      Three Rivers, MI @ Riviera Theatre

6/25/10                       Kalamazoo, MI @ The Strutt

6/26/10                       Dayton, OH @ Canal Street

6/27/10                       Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s

6/30/10                      Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House

7/1/10                        Chicago, IL @ House of Blues, Porch State

7/2/10                        Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar

7/7/10                         Boulder, CO @ Rock N Soul Cafe

7/9/10                         Denver, CO @ Moe’s

7/14/10                       Reno, NV @ Crystal Bay

7/15/10                       San Francisco, CA @ The Union Room @ Biscuits and Blues

7/17/10                       San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

7/24/10                      Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

7/29/10                       Dallas, TX @ The Loft

7/30/10                      Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

7/31/10                       Denton, TX @ Boiler Room

8/8/10                        Logan, OH @ Rootwire Music Festival

8/13/10                       Alexandria, LA @ Spirit’s, Foods and Friends

8/28/10                       Turin, NY @ Snow Ridge Ski Resort

Moon Taxi is Trevor Terndrup (Vocals, Guitar), Spencer Thomson (Guitar), Tommy Putnam (Bass), Wes Bailey (Keys) and Tyler Ritter (Drums)

AM Taxi's Debut Album "We Don't Stand A Chance" Out Now

Gearing up for summer, AM Taxi is pumped to announce that their Virgin Records debut is available today! The band is part of iTunes’ ‘Next Big Thing’ and will be doing coast-to-coast dates through the summer via Warped Tour, making the Chicago-based band one of few to be invited on the nation-wide run prior to releasing an album. The band will also be in their hometown of Chicago performing at the Q101, Rolling Stone, and Beat Kitchen. More info below.
AM Taxi have been honing their live chops, recently finishing spring dates with Spill Canvas while their MySpace ‘Introducing’ profile debuted May 9th on the homepage of MySpace.com. You can watch the band’s fresh video for “Fed Up". “Our motto in the studio was, ‘If it ain’t broke, break it,’” explains frontman Adam Krier about recording We Don’t Stand A Chance. “We’d try things from every possible angle.”Recorded in Austin TX, AM Taxi’s polished first record features influences ranging from The Clash to Sublime to The Boss mixed with the group’s own contemporary punk-rock infusions and was produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin, Alberta Cross).
“We weren’t so interested in making a record that sounded current, as we were something that could be classic,” Krier says.

Chicago Performances:

June 8th
Special performance and signing at Rolling Stone in Chicago @ 6pm.
7300 West Irving Park Road, Norridge, IL
June 9th
Stop by one of the Chicagoland area Best Buy locations listed below and purchase AM Taxi's new CD and get a
wristband for entry to an intimate all ages performance at Beat Kitchen. 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago , IL
(available while supplies last).
BUTTERFIELD ROAD - 1432 BUTTERFIELD RD; DOWNERS GROVE
NAPERVILLE - 4400 E NEW YORK ST; YORKSHIRE PLAZA; AURORA
NO. AVENUE IL - 1000 W NORTH AVE; CHICAGO
BUCKTOWN - 2100 N ELSTON AVE; CHICAGO
CLARK ST IL - 2650 N CLARK ST; CHICAGO
KENNEDY EXP IL - 3300 W BELMONT AVE; CHICAGO
You can also tune into Q101 for the chance to win a wristband to attend the show.
WARPED TOUR DATES
June 25 - Home Depot Center - Carson, CA
June 26 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
June 27 - Ventura Country Fairground At Seaside Park - Ventura, CA
June 29 - Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
June 30 - N.M.S.U. Practice Field - Las Cruces, NM
July 1 - AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
July 2 - The Showgrounds At Sam Houston Race Park - Houston, TX
July 3 - Superpages.com Center - Dallas, TX
July 5 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - St.Louis, MO
July 6 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Indianapolis, IN
July 7 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
July 8 -  Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH
July 9 -  Arrow Hall - Toronto, ON
July 10 - Parc Jean Drapeau - Montreal, QC
July 11 - Comcast Theater - Hartford, CT
July 13 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
July 14 - Darien Lake P.A.C. - Darien Center, NY
July 15 - Toyota Pavilion - Scranton, PA
July 16 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
July 17 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, NY
July 18 - Monmouth Park Racetrack - Oceanport, NJ
July 20 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD
July 21 - Virginia Beach Amphitheatre -Virginia Beach, VA
July 22 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
July 23 - Vinoy Park - St. Petersburg, FL
July 24 - Cruzan Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, FL
July 25 - Firestone Amphitheatre @ The Lot - Orlando, FL
July 26 - Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood -  Atlanta, GA
July 28 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
July 29 - Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, WI
July 30 - Comerica Park - Detroit, MI
July 31 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
Aug 1 - Canterbury Park - Shakopee, MN
Aug 2 - Sandstone Amphitheatre - Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 5 - Northlands Grounds - Edmonton, AB
Aug 7 - Utah State Fairgrounds - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 8 -  Invesco Field - Denver, CO
Aug 10 - Cricket Amphitheatre - San Diego, CA
Aug 11 - Pomona Fairplex - Pomona, CA
Aug 12 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Marysville, CA
Aug 12 - Idaho Center Amphitheatre - Nampa, ID
Aug 14 -  Gorge Amphitheater - George, WA
Aug 15 - Washington County Fairgrounds - Hillsboro, OR

Great American Taxi - May 2010 News!

Great American Taxi is hitting the highway again tomorrow (seems like we just got back from North Carolina...we had a blast in the Midwest, Rust Belt and Southeast last month, thanks everybody!) and heading for a week in Texas.  We hope to see a bunch of the new friends we made last time down there with Todd Snider.  We will end the Texas run on Saturday May 8th in Tyler, TX at the Southbound Sound Music Festival where Taxi plays there own set at 3 pm and then backs up Todd at 5:30 pm.  Old 97s and Joe Ely among others are on the bill.  We'll also be heading to Amarillo, Dallas, Austin and Bryan.

After that it's full festival mode with stops in Lincoln, NE on May 20th, Festy Fest in Lawrence, KS on May 21st and a one day festival on May 22nd at the always wild and fun Mishawaka Amphitheater with Motorhome, Dead Floyd, Patti Fiasco and the Wirefaces.  We are also making a one day stop at the Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio with Todd om May 16th and then on to Memorial Festival Weekend at Schwagstock in Salem, MO for two days and Festi Di Bella Vida at beautiful Harmony Park in Geneva, MN (this one is almost sold out folks, 200 hundred tickets left).  We are also lining up a possible Memorial Day afternoon celebration in La Crosse, WI.

Lots of fun stuff lining up for the Summer and beyond.  We're feeling blessed and excited for Spring and Summer here in Taxi land.  Hope all is well in your world.  Don't forget to get your copy of "Reckless Habits" if you haven't already.  We are also helping the campaign for the miners' families who lost men in the Upper Big Branch Mine.  You can download "Appalachian Soul" from our debut record "Streets of Gold" (which will be available again for purchase in two weeks) for free if you promise to make a donation to the miners.  You can find more information out about that at www.greatamericantaxi.com as well as see our first music video and also watch a trailer to the upcoming documentary release "Coul Counrty".  All the very best to all of you.  Hope to see you all soon!

UPCOMING SHOWS

Golden Light Cantina
Amarillo, TX Tue May 04 10 08:00 PM Tickets
Granada Theater
Dallas, TX Wed May 05 10 08:00 PM
Saxon Pub
Austin, TX Thu May 06 10 12:00 PM
Lakeside Icehouse
Bryan, TX Fri May 07 10 07:00 PM Tickets
Nelsonville Music Festival
Nelsonville, OH Sun May 16 10 08:00 PM Tickets
Bourbon Theatre
Lincoln, NE Thu May 20 10 08:00 PM Tickets
Festy Fest
Lawrence, KS Fri May 21 10 08:00 PM
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Bellvue, CO Sat May 22 10 08:00 PM
Camp Zoe
Salem, MO Fri May 28 10 08:00 PM
Camp Zoe
Salem, MO Sat May 29 10 01:00 PM Tickets
Harmony Park
Geneva, MN Sun May 30 10 08:30 PM
The High Life
Springfield, MO Wed Jun 02 10 08:00 PM
Wakarusa Music Festival
Ozark, AK Thu Jun 03 10 08:00 AM Tickets
Revolution Music Room (The Rev Room)
Little Rock, AR Fri Jun 04 10 08:30 PM Tickets
Blue Plum Festival
Johnson City, TN Sat Jun 05 10 08:00 PM
The Abbey Theater
Durango, CO Thu Jun 10 10 08:00 PM
Sheridan Opera House
Telluride, CO Fri Jun 11 10 08:00 PM
Old South Pearl Street BrewGrass Festival
Denver, CO Sat Jun 12 10 01:00 PM
The Filling Station
Bozeman, MT Wed Jun 23 10 08:00 PM
Downtown ToNight-Caras Park
Missoula, MT Thu Jun 24 10 05:30 PM
Groovefest
Cedar City, UT Fri Jun 25 10 08:00 PM
Red Butte Garden Ampitheatre
Salt Lake City, UT Mon Jun 28 10 08:00 PM Tickets
Elko Convention Center
Elko, NV Tue Jun 29 10 07:00 PM
Crystal Bay Club - Red Room
Crystal Bay, NV Wed Jun 30 10 09:00 PM Tickets
High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, CA Thu Jul 01 10 11:45 PM Tickets
High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, CA Fri Jul 02 10 01:00 PM Tickets
The Realm of Music Festival
Bond, CO Sat Jul 03 10 01:00 PM Tickets
Northwest String Summit
North Plains, OR Fri Jul 16 10 07:45 PM Tickets
Les Scwab Amphlitheater
Bend, OR Sun Jul 25 10 02:00 PM Tickets
Dead on the Creek
Willits, CA Sat Aug 07 10 08:00 PM


Great American Taxi Donates Track to Coal Miners Relief Fund

Just in time for Earth Day (April 22), Great American Taxi, whose current album Reckless Habits is climbing the Americana radio airplay charts, has donated a free download of a song, “Appalachian Soul” culled from its debut album Streets of Gold, to raise awareness of the plight of coal miners and their communities in West Virginia. The track is offered free to radio stations that agree to direct listeners to GreatAmericanTaxi.com, which in turn links to West Virginia Council of Churches website, which collects donations for the miners.

GAT frontman Vince Herman, who grew up in West Virginia, comments: “Great American Taxi sends our thoughts out to the families and communities effected by the mining disaster at the upper big branch mine. We hope that their unconquerable Appalachian spirit and families can help them navigate these difficult times. The country and the world share in their grief. We need coal.  We need our miners to be safe. We need understanding on all sides of this contentious issue of our national energy policy. We would like to make Taxis' tribute to that  Appalachian spirit available as a download here and suggest a donation to the WV council of churches to assist  the families of our fallen brothers. Let's all come together and honor the families who have paid that ultimate price for our energy needs and hope that this is the last such disaster we must face.”

In the past five years, Great American Taxi has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit, their uninhibited sound a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk, gospel and good old fashioned rock ’n’ roll. That loose, anything-can-happen feel is the hallmark of Reckless Habits, the band’s second album, which was recorded in Loveland, Colo., with producer Tim Carbone (from Railroad Earth) bringing the feel of an onstage performance to the recording process. The new album was released through Thirty Tigers on March 2, 2010.

Blurt called Reckless Habits “a giddy combination of boogie, blues, bluegrass, nu-grass and honky-tonk, it's as readily infectious and genuinely freewheeling as its eclectic content might imply. Hopefully this Great American Taxi will continue to take listeners along for similarly spirited rides in the future.”  Country Standard Time called it  “a well rounded album that fully pays homage to Gram Parsons and his vision of a cosmic American sound that incorporates all the pages of the American Roots songbook.”

When banjo player Mark Vann of Leftover Salmon died of cancer in 2002, that band desolved. Salmon singer/guitarist/mandolinist Vince Herman had a few rough years and survived a broken neck before joining keyboardist Chad Staehly for a superstar jam to benefit the Rainforest Action Group in Boulder in March 2005. “We put together a dream band of the best local musicians for a one-off gig,” Herman recalls. “It worked so well we had to do it again, and again, and again.” And so Great American Taxi was born. The current lineup includes Herman, Staehly, guitarist Jim Lewin, bassist Brian Adams and drummer Chris Sheldon.

DiscoverHope Fund Present: Band Together for Hope

Come enjoy the music and contribute to the global effort to end poverty for some of the 3 billion people who live on less than $2 a day and are trapped in poverty so they cannot adequately feed, clothe, or shelter themselves or their families. DiscoverHope Fund (DHF) is a 501(c)3 promoting abundance for women and their families in economic poverty through microcredit and entrepreneurial training.  DHF’s “Microcredit Plus” model implements a dual approach to poverty alleviation—providing microloans and entrepreneurial training to help loan recipients build their businesses. DHF asks loan recipients what they need to build and sustain their business; then it answers with business trainings, literacy classes, artisan workshops and more. A percentage of ticket sales and funds from an on-site opportunity drawing will go toward our work to create a new consciousness of prosperity that women can pass onto their children, families, communities, society, and this world. DiscoverHope is proud to present an evening of great music starring Americana without Borders allstars – Great American Taxi.

In the past five years, Great American Taxi has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit. Their uninhibited sound is a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk country, gospel, and good ol’ fashioned rock ’n’ roll. Great American Taxi was born when singer, guitarist, and mandolin player Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon joined keyboard player and singer Chad Staehly for a superstar jam to benefit the Rainforest Action Group in Boulder, in March of 2005. “We put together a dream band of the best local musicians for a one-off gig,” Herman recalls. “It worked so well we had to do it again, and again, and again.” Great American Taxi quickly evolved into one of the best country-, rock-, and bluegrass- influenced jam bands in the land, masterfully blending acoustic and electric instruments into music they call “Americana Without Borders."

Great American Taxi has been equated with roots rockers like the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, The Byrds, and Little Feat. Herman finds the comparisons flattering. “We’re definitely connected to all the acts in the country/rock spectrum, as well as the spirit of Gram Parsons and Woody Guthrie,” he says. “We want to address the issues appropriate to our times, while making music that gets people up and moving.”

The benefit will also feature an amazing opportunity drawing with a grand prize of 2 tickets to 2010 10th Anniversary Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL as well as other prizes such as signed and unsigned rock artwork, local gift certificates, and other amazing prices to be announced.

Who: Great American Taxi, Chicago Farmer & Farmaggedon

Where: Coconut Louie’s 2303 E. Washington Bloomington, IL

When: Thursday, April 15th 2010

WHY: To support Discover Hope Fund

COST: $8

WEB: www.discoverhopefund.org

Folk, Americana & Alt-Country in Fort Fun

On February 26, 2010, James McMurtry, Great American Taxi, and the Cracker Duo graced Fort Collins with their music and their special blends of Folk, Americana, and Alt-Country. Folk culture is defined as a specific group of people relating to a certain locale.  Fort Collins night of folk music couldn’t have been more appropriate on the anniversary of Johnny Cash’s birthday.

AM Taxi Announces Debut Album & Spring Tour Dates

AM Taxi— so-called because they’re all about moving across the U.S. towards their destination—gets ready to hit the road…hard. The guys will be touring in support of Spill Canvas late Spring with
additional dates for this Summer’s Warped Tour, starting June 24 through August 15. AM Taxi are one of the few groups booked for the entire prestigious concert series prior to releasing an album. They’ve already been out on the road with the likes of Sum 41 and The Ataris, while opening for The Offspring at Summerfest in Milwaukee, so they’re more than up for the task.
“Our goal is to take that 45 or 60 minutes and let people get away for a little bit,” says lead singer and guitarist Adam Krier, “maybe even convert some of ‘em to AM Taxi fans. And, if they dig what we’re doing, maybe they’ll check out some of the stuff that influenced us.”
Take one listen to AM Taxi’s Virgin records debut, We Don’t Stand A Chance to be released June 8, 2010 and you can hear reverence for the past and hope for the future, a band that can cut across any age or genre demographics. The band just wrapped their video for the single ‘The Mistake.' With a blend of old-school punk, world beat and modern pop influences, the Chicago-based band combines experience with exuberance.
“I try to write songs about things people can relate to,” nods Adam. “For me, the best music, at the end of the day, is therapeutic. That’s always in the back of my mind a little when I’m sitting down to write.”
Recorded in Austin, TX, with renowned producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin,...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead), AM Taxi’s major label bow, offers a variety of different styles, from old-school punk to world beat and modern pop. “The Mistake” is a heart-on-the-sleeve confessional that recalls the Replacements, while “Fed Up” is a Springsteen-by-way-of-The Hold Steady classic rock raver, “Dead Street” sports a Police-styled world beat and “Charissa” a Clash-esque reggae rhythm.

TOUR DATES
April 21 - The Hub Cedar - Falls, IA
April 23 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
April 24 - Murray Theater - Salt Lake City, UT
April 25 - The Venue - Boise, ID
April 26 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
April 27 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
April 29 - Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
April 30 - The Roxy Theatre - West Hollywood, CA
May 1 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
May 3 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ
May 5 - The Loft - Dallas, TX
May 6 - Meridian - Houston, TX
May 7 - The White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
May 8 - Emo’s - Austin, TX
May 10 - The State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
May 11 - The Social - Orlando, FL
May 12 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
May 14 - The Recher Theatre - Towson, MD
May 15 - Stone Pony - Asbury, NJ
May 17 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
May 18  - The Middle East- Downstairs - Cambridge, MA
May 20 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
May 21 - St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
May 22 - Metro - Chicago, IL

Great American Taxi to release CD in March

In the past five years, Great American Taxi has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit, their uninhibited sound a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk, gospel and good old fashioned rock ’n’ roll. That loose, anything-can-happen feel is the hallmark of Reckless Habits, the band’s second album, which was recorded in Loveland, Colo., with producer Tim Carbone (from Railroad Earth) working together to bring the feel of an onstage performance to the recording process.

Street date for the new album, which will be released through Thirty Tigers, is March 2, 2010.

When banjo player Mark Vann of Leftover Salmon died of cancer in 2002, the band lost momentum. Salmon singer/guitarist/mandolinist Vince Herman had a few rough years and survived a broken neck before joining keyboardist Chad Staehly for a superstar jam to benefit the Rainforest Action Group in Boulder in March 2005. “We put together a dream band of the best local musicians for a one-off gig,” Herman recalls. “It worked so well we had to do it again, and again, and again.” The band’s current lineup includes Herman, Staehly, guitarists Jeff Hamer and Jim Lewin, bassist Brian Adams and drummer Chris Sheldon.

Great American Taxi has been compared with roots rockers like New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, the Byrds and Little Feat. Herman finds the comparisons flattering. “We’re definitely connected to all the acts in the country/rock spectrum, as well as the spirit of Gram Parsons and Woody Guthrie,” he says. “We want to address the issues appropriate to our times, while making music that gets people up and moving.”

“The band is a true democracy,” Staehly adds. “We tinkered with the tunes on the road, with everybody having input. In the studio, Tim would suggest ideas to make them sound bigger and brighter.” Carbone brought in the Black Swan SingersSheryl Renee, CoCo Brown and Shelly Lindsey — to add gospel flavored backing vocals. He also brought the Peak to Freak HornsJustin Jones, sax; Nathan Peoples, sax; Dan Sears, trumpet; and Dave Stamps, trombone — for some New Orleans-style brass accents, as well as pedal steel player Barry Sless (Dane Nelson Band, Moonalice) and banjo man Matt Flinner.

The 13 tracks on Reckless Habits gleefully stretch the boundaries of American roots music with a nod to both tradition and the future. The title track, for instance — Staehly’s salute to Gram Parsons — is as country as it is rock, a rousing honky-tonk tune with Carbone’s fiddle and Sless’ pedal steel kicking up the sawdust on a Saturday night dance floor. The titles of several other Parsons songs appear in the lyrics, and there’s a definite Cosmic Cowboy vibe to the band’s expansive playing. Staehly’s “American Beauty” tips its hat to the Grateful Dead, and features an extended jam. Herman’s “Cold Lonely Town” is a slow R&B tune that describes life during long Colorado winters. The Black Swan Singers add smoky doo-wop asides to Herman’s poignant vocal. Carbone has described its swampy laid-back vibe as “’A Day in the Life’ meets Gram Parsons in the high desert.” And that’s to name only a few of the album’s 13 songs (plus a 14th song, a hidden track, “Parade”).

The CD will be housed in a die-cut package designed by artist Greg Carr, who designed Steve Martin’s The Crow. “Greg has a picture of nuns smoking on the cover, wearing Reckless Habits,” Herman explains. “We want to give people something unique, so they won’t just burn it and pass it on.”

And finally, the band’s cryptic name refers to Herman’s unique skiing style. “A friend of mine once said I came downhill looking like a great American taxi — a large, lumbering object that’s totally out of control and coming downhill towards you faster and faster. It seemed to fit the band’s m.o., so we adopted it.”

Great American Taxi Celebrates Beer and More This Fall

Vince Herman and Chad Staehly are leading their new line-up in the Great American Taxi into an exciting autumn of shows.  Taxi now boasts a solid core line-up after some experimentation with Jim Lewin from Santa Cruz, CA on electric guitars along with Boulder-area players Chris Sheldon on drums and Brian Adams on bass (both toured extensively in the Phish tribute band Phix).  First stop is this weekend to celebrate Boulder Beer’s 30th Anniversary at the Boulder Theater on Friday September 18th with local Denver pickers Oakhurst on support duties.  GAT then heads off west to play a set of their own at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as well as backing up Todd Snider for some of his set the following day.  Snider and Taxi first hooked up in Durango earlier this year and again at the Hoxeyville Music Festival in Michigan just this past August.  They will also do a few more dates together in November.  Railroad Earth has also added Taxi onto a few bills in October.  Dates continue to be added so check out www.greatamericantaxi.com for updated info.

September 18 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO with Oakhurst

September 30 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT

October 1 - Crystal Bay Club and Casino - Crystal Bay, NV - free show!

October 3 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA

October 4 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival with Todd Snider

October 7 - tba

October 8 - Connecticut Yankee - San Francisco, CA

October 9 - Catalyst Club - Santa Cruz, CA

October 10 - Hop Monk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA

October 23 - Magnolia Music Festival - Live Oak, FL w/ special guest Barry Sless

October 24 - Magnolia Music Festival - Live Oak, FL w/ special guest Barry Sless

October 26 - Beachland Ballroom and Tavern - Cleveland, OH w/ Railroad Earth

October 27 - Mr. Small’s - Millvale, PA w/ Railroad Earth

October 28 - tba

October 29 - The Barrymore Theater - Madison, WI w/ Railroad Earth

October 30 - Vic Theater - Chicago, IL w/ Railroad Earth

October 31 - special Halloween show in Peoria, IL details tba

November 3 - tba

November 4 - Victoria’s Midnight Cafe - Columbus, OH

November 5 - Cosmic Charlie’s - Lexington, KY

November 6 - Pisgah Brewing Co. - Black Mountain, NC

November 7 - tba

November 8 - Smith’s Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA

November 11 - The Rutledge - Nashville, TN

November 12 - The Copper Dragon - Carbondale, IL

November 13 - tba

November 13 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI w/ Todd Snider

Great American Taxi offering free track from new CD!

taxiGreat American Taxi, which features Leftover Salmon frontman Vince Herman is gearing up to release their sophomore effort "Reckless Habits." With the official release date yet to be announced Taxi has decided to offer up a free download of "Unpromised Land" (labeled as "Whiskey" on a lot of Taxi bootlegs from the past couple of years) from their latest studio work, which was recorded in December of 2008 and produced by Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone. The album also boasts guest appearances by Barry Sless on pedal steel for a good chunk of the record, Carbone on fiddle for a few tracks, Matt Flinner plays banjo on the aforementioned free download, the Black Swan Gospel Singers and the Peak to Freak Horns. Phil Nicolo, multi-grammy winning engineer and producer also lent his talents to the mix and mastering of the record at his fabled Studio 4. Needless to say Taxi has swung for the fence on this one and the result is nothing short of pure Americana bliss. Taxi will be playing 3 shows on the Front Range of Colorado this weekend to celebrate the forthcoming release and will be accompanied on stage by the Black Swan Singers and the Peak to Freak horns as well as some great support acts. Thursday March 19th finds the band at Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins, Friday March 20th is at the Boulder Theater and Saturday the 21st is at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. These are certain to be special shows and tickets are still available. Follow the link below to get a taste of what GAT has in store from their newest release.

http://www.coolmusicnetwork.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=Great+American+Taxi

More info about Great American Taxi can be found at www.GreatAmericanTaxi.com and make sure to sign up for their mailing list for updates on the official release date.