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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.

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.”

Taj Mahal, Dave Hidalgo unite on 'American Horizon'

Blues legend Taj Mahal and master guitarist/multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) have collaborated with Mexican-American roots group Los Cenzontles (pronounced los senn-sont-less) to tell a timely story of hope, struggle and gratitude of the American worker. Traversing traditional Mexican, blues, cumbia and psychedelic rock styles, they create a distinctive, fresh and exciting sound. The November 3 release will be distributed through ADA Distribution.

Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music and a two-time Grammy winner. Starting his career more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world -- western Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Hawaiian Islands. In American Horizon, Taj explores the deep connections between his own cultural roots and those of Mexican American traditions.

Best known for his work with three-time Grammy winners Los Lobos, David Hidalgo has a musical trajectory that is broad and deep. As songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, accordionist and keyboardist he has delved into rock, traditional and experimental styles. His productions reflect the intimacy and creativity of Latino music and its place in the American cultural landscape.

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) are a group of musicians deeply bonded to folk roots while incorporating other styles and genres into their music. With fluid harmonies by Lucina Rodriguez, Fabiola Trujillo and Hugo Arroyo they incorporate a sound of California into everything they record. Their first collaboration with David Hidalgo in 2008, Songs of Wood & Steel, brought the group wider recognition from the press. Vintage Guitar magazine said, "The group has created an album that seamlessly incorporates rock and blues elements into traditional Mexican forms, smacking of neither academia nor compromise."

On American Horizon, Los Cenzontles, David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal share composing credits on this groundbreaking bilingual release. Los Cenzontles founder Eugene Rodriguez served as producer with Hidalgo. He and Hidalgo met when Rodriguez produced Los Lobos' 1995 children's album Papa's Dream, which was nominated for a Grammy.

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) evolved out of the Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, a community cultural center founded in San Pablo by Eugene Rodriguez in 1989. An innovative group of musicians and dancers that amplifies the roots of Mexican culture, they are led by Rodriguez, who has been schooling them in arcane Mexican folk music styles since their youths. Through numerous CDs and DVD documentaries, Los Cenzontles adds an essential voice to the global conversation among cultural traditions, attracting collaborations with internationally recognized artists like Linda Ronstadt, the Chieftains, Ry Cooder and others. The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney said, "Meeting Los Cenzontles was just like meeting a medieval clan of wonderful musicians from the West Coast of Ireland. The fusion of their music with ours was something that just had to happen. It was inevitable." And Ronstadt enthused, "Los Cenzontles' gutsy rhythms and delightful voices reinvigorated my love of Mexican music."

On Sunday, October 3, Los Cenzontles along with Mahal and Hidalgo will perform before an audience of 18,000 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl as part of "¡Bienvenido Gustavo!," a free concert celebrating the L.A. Philharmonic's new director, Gustavo Dudamel. The show will also feature Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Herbie Hancock, as well as the L.A. Phil and others. Tickets were quickly snapped up and are no longer available.

Lyrics and translations for American Horizon may be found at http://www.themockingbirds.info/store/merch_cds.php

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

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Announce 34-City North American Tour

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey have announced a 34-city North American tour in September and October to support their new EP, One Day In Brooklyn. The band will begin the trek in their home state of Oklahoma before hitting Texas for two nights and then heading west where they'll work their way up the left coast to Seattle. After one night back in Tulsa for a release party and performance, they'll immediately join Phish bassist Mike Gordon as opening support on seven shows. From there, JFJO thoroughly covers the Northeast and then wraps the tour with a handful of dates in the Midwest, including Halloween in Kansas City.

 

jfjoOne Day In Brooklyn will be released September 1 on JFJO's own label Kinnara Records through a partnership with The Royal Potato Family. It's the band's first release since pianist Brian Haas and drummer Josh Raymer expanded the line-up to a quartet with the addition of lap steel guitarist Chris Combs and upright bassist Matt Hayes. Recorded in one day at 58NS Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, JFJO feature two original tunes ("Country Girl" and "Drethoven") along with interpretations of songs by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Beatles and Thelonious Monk.

 

The upcoming JFJO tour dates are:

September 2 | The Deli | Norman, OK (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 3 | Granada Theater | Dallas, TX (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 4 | The Parish Room | Austin, TX (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 5 | Arts Festival Oklahoma | Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 8 | Lou's Records | San Diego, CA (5pm In-Store)
September 8 | Winston's | San Diego, CA (w/ Heavy Guilt)
September 9 | Catalina Jazz Club | Hollywood, CA (w/ Eartha Austria Trio)
September 10 | Kuumbwa Jazz Center | Santa Cruz, CA
September 11 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA (w/ The Last Ambassadors)
September 12 | Red Fox | Humboldt, CA (w/ Eskmo & Welder)
September 17 | The Dojo @ Well Springs | Ashland, OR
September 19 | Music Millennium | Portland, OR (3PM In-Store)
September 19 | Jimmy Mak's | Portland, OR
September 20 | High Dive | Seattle, WA
September 25 | The Marquee | Tulsa, OK (w/ Annie Ellicott)
September 26 | Barrymore Theatre | Madison, WI (opening for Mike Gordon)
September 28 | 20th Century Theater | Cincinnati, OH (opening for Mike Gordon)
September 29 | Blind Pig | Ann Arbor, MI (opening for Mike Gordon)
September 30 | Mr. Small's Theater | Millvale, PA (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 2 | The Mod Club | Toronto, Canada (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 3 | Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 4 | Pure Pop | Burlington, VT (2PM In-Store)
October 4 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT (opening for Mike Gordon)
October 6 | La Salla Rossa | Montreal, QC
October 7 | Gemstones | Lowell, MA
October 8 | Narrows Center For The Arts | Fall River, MA
October 9 | Le Poisson Rouge | New York, NY (w/ Moodswing Orchestra)
October 10 | Tritone | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Jason Fraticelli & the Wet Dreams)
October 13 | Mill Hill Saloon | Trenton, NJ
October 15 | Red Square | Albany, NY
October 16 | Downright Music & Art | Collinsville, CT
October 17 | The Lizard Lounge | Boston, MA
October 21 | Iowa City Yacht Club | Iowa City, IA
October 22 | The Encore | Stevens Point, WI (90-FM Jazz Fest)
October 23 | Cranky Pat's | Neenah, WI
October 24 | Kinetic Playground | Chicago, IL
October 31 | Jardine's | Kansas City, MO (w/ special guest Mark Southerland)

LIVING COLOUR Announce North American Tour

Living Colour have announced North American tour dates in support of their new album The Chair In The Doorway. The highly anticipated 28-date run will be bookended by performances at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, as they appear August 10 opening for The Roots at their weekly Tuesday night jam session and then again on October 30 for their own headline performance. In between, the band will hit 19 states around the U.S., including a return to The Key Club in Los Angeles on September 24, The Regency Grand Ballroom in San Francisco on September 25 and The Double Door in Chicago on October 4. They'll cross the border for a show in Toronto at Lee's Palace on October 3.

 

living-colourThe Chair In The Doorway, set for release September 15 on Megaforce Records, was recorded at Sono Studios just outside of Prague in the Czech Republic. Renowned producer Count (Galactic, Lyrics Born, No Doubt) was onboard to helm the sessions, while Ron St. Germain (U2, Mos Def, Muse) mixed the album. The 11-track collection is Living Colour's most personal collection of songs yet with razor sharp lyrical observations and kinetic jams that seamlessly weave elements of metal, funk and soul. Vernon Reid described the album as, "an unintentional concept record about life and how we are all in this thing together."

 

Living Colour formed out of New York City in the mid-'80s. Their incendiary performances at CBGBs became the stuff of legend. The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, who witnessed one of these shows, was so impressed that he insisted upon producing a demo for the fledgling band and later helped them score a record deal. Living Colour's debut album Vivid went double platinum and garned the band a Grammy Award. Around this same time, the band's founder, Vernon Reid, helped form the Black Rock Coalition to help create opportunities for African-American musicians playing rock music in a largely segregated music business. The results of these efforts paired with Living Colour's own success helped pave the way for artists like Ben Harper, Rage Against The Machine and TV On The Radio. In 2007, Living Colour's hit song "Cult Of Personality" was selected for Guitar Hero III. The game has gone onto sell over 14 million copies, introducing the band to a new generation of fans.

 

Upcoming Living Colour tour dates are:
 
August 10 | The Highline Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ The Roots)
September 1 | The Birchmere | Alexandria, VA
September 2 | Bottle & Cork | Dewey Beach, DE
September 3 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA
September 4 | The Crazy Donkey | Farmingdale, NY
September 6 | Infinity Hall | Norfolk, CT
September 8 | Tupelo Music Hall | Londonderry, NH
September 9 | FTC @ Stage One | Farfield, CT
September 10 | Johnny D's | Somerville, MA
September 11 | Mexicali Live | Teaneck, NJ
September 12 | Rams Head Tavern | Annapolis, MD
September 14 | The Loft | Atlanta, GA
September 15 | HOB Orlando | Lake Buena Vista, FL
September 16 | Jannus Landing | St. Petersburg, FL
September 18 | Emo's | Austin, TX
September 19 | Granada Theatre | Dallas, TX
September 20 | Warehouse Live | Houston, TX
September 23 | Canes Bar and Grill | San Diego, CA
September 24 | The Key Club | West Hollywood, CA
September 25 | Regency Grand Ballroom | San Francicso, CA
September 26 | Berbatis Pan | Portland, OR
September 27 | Studio Seven | Seattle, WA
September 30 | Fine Line Music Cafe | Minneapolis, MN
October 2 | The Magic Bag | Detroit, MI
October 3 | Lee's Palace | Toronto, Ontario
October 4 | Double Door | Chicago, IL
October 5 | The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH
October 30 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY

Del-Lords' first three albums reissued on American Beat/Collectors' Choice

In New York in the mid-‘80s, four veteran New York musicians united to form the Del-Lords: Scott Kempner from the Dictators, Eric Ambel from Joan Jett’s Blackhearts, future Cracker drummer Frank Funaro and thundering bassist Manny Caiati. Key songwriter Kempner said his vision “was to create a band that would feature four singers performing my songs — an East Coast Beach Boys if you will.” But rather than singing about girls and cars, the Del-Lords sang about things that mattered to them: the everyday grind of life and how it affected the band and those around them.

The Del-Lords recorded three albums that broke no sales records but helped start an American rock ’n’ roll rebirth — and helped sire the Americana movement as well. And now, after a long absence from the marketplace, the first three long-players — Frontier Days, Johnny Comes Marching Home and Based on a True Story — will be reissued on CD by American Beat Records through Collectors’ Choice Music, on May 26, 2009. Their last two albums, Lovers Who Wander and Howlin’ at the Halloween Moon, will come out later this year.

• Frontier Days: The band’s 1984 debut album showed the Del-Lords could rock as hard as the meanest punk bands of the day but also kept an ear toward the melody of the songs. Rolling Stone awarded the album four stars and Robert Christgau in the Village Voice graded it A–, his only complaint that production by Lou Whitney (Skeletons, Morells) wasn’t commercial enough to get radio airplay. And Trouser Press exclaimed, “The Del-Lords embrace rock’s basic components with such skill and verve that they outshine everyone else on the scene.” A promising start. Songs include “Burning in the Flame of Love,” ”Get Tough” and six others from the original LP, plus five never-before-heard bonus tracks and new liner notes from Kempner. First time on CD!

• Johnny Comes Marching Home: For their second album, the band switched to an unlikely producer with a proven track record for rock radio hits, Neil Geraldo (Pat Benatar’s guitarist/producer/husband.) The gamble paid off. Johnny retains the drive and grit of the first album yet the sound is brighter and more engaging. Also aiding the cause was two years of road miles under their belts when they went into the studio. The signature Link Wray echo and rockabilly swagger is still there, kicked into a new gear. Included are the songs “Heaven,” “Love Lies Dying,” “Saint Jake.” “No Waitress No More” and six others. In addition, five previously unreleased tracks are included. Another CD debut!

• Based on a True Story: This 1988 album marked the first time in the band’s career that they went into the studio with a full team in place, Geraldo returning to the producer’s chair, in a pedal-to-the-metal, show-me-what-you-got affair. This time the band had help from a few guest vocalists — Syd Straw, Mojo Nixon, Kim Shattuck (The Pandoras) and, yes, Pat Benatar. True to their guns, the band turned down a lucrative beer company sponsorship, preferring to remain a no-nonsense working man’s rock ’n’ roll band at its peak. This album was released on CD, but due to a label shakeup not many copies found their way into stores. The album contains their biggest hit, “Judas Kiss,” as well as “The Cool and the Crazy,” “Crawl in Bed,” “Cheyenne” and six others, plus, you guessed it, five previously unreleased bonus tracks. Kempner again wrote liner notes for the reissue.

Looking back a quarter of a century to the band formation, Kempner explains: “The Del-Lords were conceived as Holy Sacrament: two guitars, bass & drums, four lead singers, just the way we figured El Hombre Grande wanted it. F--- not with what is essentially perfect! However, the reverence ended there and we were more in tune with John Lennon's assessment: ‘the blues ain't a painting to look at and admire, it's a chair to sit in and use.’ They called it ‘roots-rock’ or ‘cowpunk,’ we called it rock 'n' roll. The good kind. It was firmly rooted in the great artists who came before but, we were burdened in soul and of mind with a very bad attitude. We stomped all over the blues, country, rock 'n' roll, of all kinds and twisted it into something uniquely of us. I mean, I'm a Jew from the South F---n' Bronx! Who am I kidding?

“Now, 25 years after the fact the landscape is grim once again,” he adds. “Just like 1984. Rock 'n' roll where art thou? It seems to me it's the same folks playin’ it now that was playin’ it then. Blessed are the faithful. These records we made back then sound awful good to me right now. A mighty noise. They sound necessary again. Rock'n'roll gives what it gets. Remember that! It's not a painting, it's a f---in' chair!”

Ben Harper & Relentless7 announce North American Tour

harperWe are proud to announce Ben Harper & Relentless7's headlining North American tour. Pre-sale tickets will be offered at Ben Harper & Relentless7 Ticketing starting March 25th at 12:00pm Noon (Local Venue Time). The pre-sale password is shimmer. Venue links below will provide general on-sale information.

NORTH AMERICA

04.30.09 - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA, USA
05.01.09 - Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, TN, USA
05.02.09 - Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA, USA *NEW*
05.04.09 - 9:30 Club Washington, DC, USA *NEW*
05.05.09 - Webster Hall New York, NY, USA *NEW*
05.08.09 - Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY, USA *NEW*
05.09.09 - Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA, USA *NEW*
05.10.09 - Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA, USA *NEW*
05.12.09 - Metropolis Montreal, QC, Canada *NEW*
05.13.09 - Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON, Canada *NEW*
05.15.09 - Saint Andrews Hall Detroit, MI, USA *NEW*
05.16.09 - Vic Theatre Chicago, IL, USA *NEW*
05.25.09 - Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA, USA
05.27.09 - The Fillmore San Francisco, CA, USA *NEW*
05.28.09 - Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles, CA, USA *NEW*
06.13.09 - Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, TN, USA
07.11.09 - All Good Festival Masontown, WV, USA

INTERNATIONAL

04.09.09 - Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW, Australia
04.11.09 - Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
04.13.09 - Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
04.19.09 - The Forum London, UK
04.21.09 - Le Printemps de Bourges Bourges, France
06.19.09 - Southside Festival Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany
06.20.09 - Hurricane Festival Scheessel, Germany
06.22.09 - Columbiahalle Berlin, Germany
06.23.09 - Tonhalle Munich, Germany
06.25.09 - Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
06.27.09 - Hard Rock Calling Festival London, UK

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.