Great American Taxi
December 13th, 2011
With Vince Herman, from Leftover Salmon.
and Special Guest: Steve Skinner and the Thompson Dividers
Great American Taxi marks its sixth year as one of the best-known headliners on the Americana music scene with a new release, Paradise Lost, produced by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Todd Snider. The band also enlisted master folk musicians Tim O’Brien, Barry Sless, and Elizabeth Cook to tackle songs about working class, blue-collar issues while maintaining Taxi’s signature upbeat, country-, bluegrass-, rock-infused, Americana-without-borders feel.
Paradise Lost is set for release distribution through Great American Taxi Records (GATRecords), available in soft release at http://www.greatamericantaxi.com/ and other digital retail outlets on October 11, 2011.
“Taxi’s latest release has shed the jamming and gone for the throat with focused song writing and tight musical arrangements,” adds keyboardists/singer and album executive producer Chad Staehly. “The album combines ‘folky’ elements with straight ahead bluegrass that was propelled by Tim O’Brien playing fiddle, banjo and mandolin on several numbers mixed with equal parts rock ’n’ roll — think early-’70s country-rock Rolling Stones.”
Taxi has been performing many dates over the past couple of years as backup band for folk songster and storyteller Todd Snider so it’s no surprise to see Snider’s name crop up on the production credits. He makes an appearance on lead vocals, harp and some back-up vocals.
With Paradise Lost, Great American Taxi remain inspired by roots rockers like The Band, The Jayhawks, Gram Parsons, and New Riders of the Purple Sage, wearing these influences on their collective sleeve but carving out new territory along the way both lyrically and musically.