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Great American Taxi's Reckless Habits Winter Tour

“Fun! Look it up in the dictionary and Vince Herman’s name should appear somewhere in the definition,” wrote Elmore magazine in 2010. The fun continues for Vince Herman and Great American Taxi with a newly added leg of tour dates that kicks Great American Taxi into high gear in the New Year. To date, many of the most innovative and acclaimed players currently on the jamband/newgrass circuit have joined Taxi’s Reckless Habits Tour, which largely features the band’s signature style of country-, rock- and bluegrass-influenced Americana musical styles.

Taxi’s second and latest album, Reckless Habits, garnered impressive nods in 2010, appearing on several Best of 2010 lists. And the band’s energetic live shows have grabbed critical attention: “A few of my favorite shows from last year include any time Great American Taxi played Moe’s Alley,” said Beth Peerless at the Monterey County Herald.  Amazon.com is currently featuring Reckless Habits as part of its Fill Your Player MP3 digital download promotion of critically acclaimed releases for only five dollars.

Railroad Earth will headline a string of January shows with Great American Taxi — RRE’s Tim Carbone produced Taxi’s Reckless Habits. In February, Great American Taxi teams up with the Emmitt-Nershi Band at Whisky Jack’s in Big Sky, Montana, and Todd Snider at the Nugget in Nevada. Taxi also backs Snider on his recent release, The Storyteller Live, which includes a bonus DVD of Taxi and Todd performing at the TPAC in Nashville, Tenn.

Artists joining Taxi onstage in the past year include: contemporary troubadour Todd Snider, the exceptional mandolin virtuoso and versatile vocalist Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon and his own Drew Emmitt Band), Billy Nershi (The String Cheese Incident), and the David Nelson Band, with their exploratory improvisational jam sessions.

Reckless Habits appeared on several Best of 2010 lists; it peaked at #12 on the Americana radio charts in 2010 and finished in the Americana Music Association’s Top 100 Americana albums of the year, coming in at #54; it held the top spot on Colorado radio in April and May of 2010 and charted at #6 overall on Colorado radio for the year. The album was picked in a No Depression Top 10 of the year and continues to chart in the Top Ten for spins on Jambands.com radio.

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GREAT AMERICAN TAXI ON THE ROAD – WINTER 2011

Tues., Jan. 18   FAYETTEVILLE, AR George’s Majestic Lounge, with Railroad Earth

Wed., Jan. 19   TULSA, OK Cain’s Ballroom, with Railroad Earth

Fri., Jan 21    ALBUQUERQUE, NM Sunshine Theater, with Railroad Earth

Sat., Jan. 22    FLAGSTAFF, AZ Orpheum Theater, with Railroad Earth

Sun., Jan. 23   TUSCON, AZ Rialto Theatre, with Railroad Earth

Mon., Jan. 24    SOLANA BEACH, CA Belly Up, with Railroad Earth

Tues., Jan. 25    LAS VEGAS, NV Hard Rock Cafe – Vegas, with Railroad Earth

Wed., Jan. 26   BAKERSFIELD, CA Fishlips

Thurs., Jan. 27   OAKLAND, CA The New Parish

Fri., Jan. 28   SANTA CRUZ, CA Catalyst

Sat., Jan. 29    NAPA, CA Uptown Theater

Thu., Feb. 10  FT. COLLINS, CO Hodi’s Half Note

Fri., Feb., 11   BRECKENRIDGE, CO Three20South

Sat., Feb. 12   DURANGO, CO Abbey Theatre

Wed., Feb. 16   PARK CITY, UT Star Bar

Fri., Feb. 18   ALTA, WY Trap Bar @ Grand Targhee Resort

Sat., Feb. 19   LIVINGSTON, MT The Mint

Sun., Feb. 20   BIG SKY, MT Whiskey Jack’s, w/Emmitt-Nershi Band

Fri., Feb. 25   SPARKS, NV John Ascuaga’s Nugget, w/Todd Snider

Sat., Feb. 26   SPARKS, NV John Ascuaga’s Nugget, w/Todd Snider

Wed., Mar. 2   LAWRENCE, KS Bottleneck

Thurs., Mar. 3   ST. LOUIS, MO 2720 Cherokee

Sat., Mar. 5   GRANDVIEW, OH Woodlands Tavern

Sun., Mar. 6   CHARLESTON, WV Mountain Stage Radio Show

Thurs., Mar. 10   CINCINNATI, OH Stanley’s Pub

Fri., Mar. 11   KALAMAZOO, MI Bell’s Brewery

Sat., Mar. 12   CHICAGO, IL Double Door

Thurs., Apr. 7   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Fri., Apr. 8   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Sat., Apr. 9   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Sat., Apr. 30   HOT SPRINGS, NC French Broad River Festival

Sat., June 4   BEAN BLOSSOM, IN John Hartford Memorial Festival

Fri., June 17   AUBURN, CA Party in the Park

Fri., July 15   LOUISVILLE, CO Steinbaugh Pavillion

Fri., July 23   NORTH PLAINS, OR Horning’s Hideout - Northwest String Summit w/Todd Snider

Sat., Aug. 6   WILLITS, CA Dead On The Creek

Great American Taxi summer festival blitz continues

Listen carefully to Reckless Habits, the second album from Great American Taxi, and you’ll hear a political edge to some of the music created by one of the best country-, rock- and bluegrass-influenced Americana bands in the land.  And the band is entirely comfortable bringing its danceable albeit politically-tinged songs to summer festivals.

“Woodie Guthrie was a huge influence for us and we truly believe in the power of song,” said Taxi front man Vince Herman in a recent interview.  Songs about hard luck times tend to “hold a man up and make him feel stronger than he is — and they make him feel good about his community. We want to address the issues appropriate to our times, while making music that gets people up and moving.”

Great American Taxi is at ease when it comes to touching upon a serious subject in a song. The New Millennium Blues, a track from the band’s latest album, Reckless Habits, is about the sad state of the U.S. economy.  “It’s about how we can’t afford our pickup trucks and how our jobs are all gone overseas,” said Herman.

But no one can accuse Taxi of crying the blues. Even Great American Taxi protest songs are generally up-beat, containing Cajun, calypso, and bluegrass melodies and a retro, ’70s feel — think the Grateful Dead, Wilco, and the Byrds.

“We like to get as much dancing going as possible,” said Herman, who enjoys experimenting with traditional Southern boogie and swampy blues-rock sounds.  Herman says of festival crowds, “People are at their best at festivals — maybe because they can get away from the rest of the world and feel like they’re on holiday.”

Taxi’s latest CD release Reckless Habits climbed to # 3 and remains in the top ten for spins on both the Jambands.com radio chart and the Colorado radio chart, complemented by two months in the top 25 on the Americana radio chart.

Great American Taxi’s latest video for the track “American Beauty” is here.

The band’s also recently donated a track, “Appalachian Soul” to raise awareness of the coal miners’ relief fund.


GREAT AMERICAN TAXI ON THE ROAD, 2010


Sat., Aug. 7  WILLITS, CA Dead on the Creek

Sun., Aug. 8 NEVADA CITY, NV Cooper’s Ale Works

Wed., Aug. 11  SEATTLE WA Tractor Tavern

Fri., Aug. 13  RED DEER, AB CANADA Central Music Festival

Sat., Aug. 14 WHITEFISH, MT Stumptown Summer Hoedown – Armory Fields

Fri., Aug.  20  ALMA, CO THC Fest – Alma’s Only Bistro

Sat., Aug. 21 WELLSTON, MI Hoxeyville Festival

Sun., Aug. 22  FORT COLLINS, CO Bohemian Nights @ New West Fest

Sat., Aug. 28, 2:30 p.m.  NEDERLAND, CO Nedfest

Sat., Aug. 28, 10 p.m. FORT COLLINS, CO Hodi’s Half Note

Sun., Sept. 5  DENVER, CO Electric Avenue Music and Arts Festival

Mon., Sept. 6  BOULDER, CO Boulder Hometown Fair

Wed., Sept. 8 DES MOINES, IA People’s Bar

Thurs., Sept. 9 CHICAGO, IL Martyr’s

Fri., Sept. 10 HARRODSBURG, KY Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival

Sat., Sept. 11  ELDRIDGE, MO Green Mountain Eco Fest – Main Stage <http://www.greenmountainecofest.com/>

Thurs., Sept. 16  RALEIGH, NC Berkeley Café

Fri., Sept. 17  BRISTOL, TN Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

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.

Reckless Kelly Release 'Bulletproof' on 6/24

Cody from Reckless Kelly- for the Grateful Web

According to an early review in the Austin American Statesman, Reckless Kelly's 'Bulletproof,' out next week on Yep Roc Records, is the "record of their career."

Highlighting one track in particular, the Statesman notes that "with 'American Blood,' the Reckless ones brilliantly stand up for their country, while blasting the Bush administration," adding "It's the most powerful moment in an album full of them."

Austin Music Magazine agrees, hailing 'Bulletproof's "gripping rock'n'roll pulse... tough strong beats and driving rhythms."

Listen to tracks from 'Bulletproof' here:
http://recklesskelly.com/BP_preview.htm

Upcoming Reckless Kelly Tour Dates:
6.20 - National Anthem for The Atlanta Braves game - Atlanta, GA
6.22 - Skipper's Smokehouse - Tampa, FL
6.24 - Antone's (album release show) - Austin, TX
6.26 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
6.27 - National Anthem for Houston Astros game - Houston, TX
6.28 - CD signing Houston Pasture - Concan, TX
7.2 - Colonial Theatre - Idaho Falls, ID
7.3 - Dude Bra Brew Fest - Jackson, WY
7.4 - 4th on Fourth Street Party - Ketchum, Idaho
7.5 - Sorry For Partying Fest Tamarack Pavillion - Donnelly, ID
7.6 - Sacajawea Center - Salmon, ID
7.14 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
7.17 thru 7.21 - Cross Canadian Ragweed Cruise - Gavelston, TX
7.31 - Brewster Ice House - Corpus Christi, TX
8.1 thru 8.2 - Gruene Hall - New Braunfels, TX
8.6 - Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO
8.7 thru 8.9 - Braun Brother's Reunion - Challis, ID
8.15 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA