Great American Taxi is a five-piece traveling Rock n' Roll band whose music covers a wide swath of the Americana, Jam Band and traditional roots landscape. With three acclaimed releases out and a fourth on the way, and nine years of hard core touring behind them, the group has established itself as a well-oiled machine that can rock a house or a festival field, and can likewise conquer the radio airwaves.
Taxi has a sound that echoes cultural icons like the Band, the Burritos, and the Dead, while also reflecting current artists like Wilco, Ryan Adams and Todd Snider (who sometimes joins the band). With a relevance brought by strong writing and current sensibilities, Great American Taxi bridges cultural gaps between past and future, between Americana and Jamband, hippie and redneck, urban and rural. They have the rare ability to do two jobs - they're a Jamband with good songs, and an Americana band that can jam. They sound great at 1am when you're grooving at the show, and they sound great the next day when you are driving to work.
From it's base in the Denver, CO area, Great American Taxi has certainly logged it's share of miles, appearing at some of the country's most prestigious venues such as High Sierra Music Fest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Mountain Stage, Wakarusa and Gruene Hall. Their records have enjoyed extensive radio airplay and critical acclaim, with 2010's Reckless Habits reaching #12 and Paradise Lost (2012) achieving #8 on the Americana Radio charts. SiriusXM Radio's Outlaw Country show in particular has played the heck out of the last two records, bringing new fans from out of the woodwork.
Originating in 2004, GAT has featured some very talented members and has collaborated with top players like Don Was, Peter Rowan and Bill Kreutzmann. Nine years and several personnel changes down the road, Taxi's newest lineup sees the disembarking of longtime member Vince Herman and the exciting addition of Taylor Sims. Taylor is a true Texas singer-songwriter, and a kickass picker and singer with a degree in Bluegrass. Founding member Chad Staehly and Taxi veterans Jim Lewin, Chris Sheldon and Brian Adams are still rocking the Taxi as they have for the last 5+ years, with the same driving rhythm, telecaster, piano and harmony-vocal powered jams they have honed over many a mile and many a smoky late-night performance.
Recently Great American Taxi has been in the studio re-inventing itself again with a batch of killer new songs the boys are really excited about. Two have just been released as a special advance preview, other songs are coming fast, and word has it that their buddy Todd Snider will be contributing some tunes and tracks, and he plans to release the new record later this year on his Aimless Records label. Todd produced the band's previous record and has enjoyed working with GAT often over the last several years in various capacities.
In a world of sampled beats, loops and genetically modified processed music, Great American Taxi stands out as the real deal. A good old American country-rock hippie band for the people, with genuine songs from the heart and the appropriate twanging, churning, barrel-house sounds necessary to keep the greater counter-cultural American party rolling on through the new millennium.