Reckless Habits

Reckless Habits

by Great American Taxi
     
 

Let's get one thing straight right off the bat -- Great American Taxi is not a jam band. It's not too hard to understand how their particular brand of open-hearted Americana has found an audience in that milieu, and maybe they stretch out while swapping solos on-stage, but there's no loosey-goosey jamming whatsoever on Reckless Habits, nor is there the…  See more details below

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Let's get one thing straight right off the bat -- Great American Taxi is not a jam band. It's not too hard to understand how their particular brand of open-hearted Americana has found an audience in that milieu, and maybe they stretch out while swapping solos on-stage, but there's no loosey-goosey jamming whatsoever on Reckless Habits, nor is there the amorphous, there's-a-song-in-there-somewhere approach to composition too frequently taken by jam bands. Rather, GAT is pretty much a straight-up, old-school country-rock outfit. Not only do they wear their Grateful Dead, Flying Burrito Brothers, and Commander Cody influences on their sleeves, they overtly reference their forebears in the lyrics of their songs. The title track chronicles the story of Gram Parsons, telling of his time with the Burritos, the International Submarine Band, Byrds, etc. Ironically, while the title of "American Beauty" is obviously meant as a nod to the classic Dead album of the same name, the tune comes off sounding more like vintage New Riders of the Purple Sage. Like the Dead, though, GAT has a few other arrows in its collective quiver beyond 2-step twang; gospel flavors, boogie bounce, and New Orleans second-line rhythms all pop up over the course of the album as well. And while the band -- led by singer/keyboardist Chad Staehly and former Leftover Salmon singer/guitarist Vince Herman -- fully embraces hippie culture, it's the gritty, sex-drugs-and-rock & roll early-'70s side of hippiedom (à la the Dead, New Riders, et al) with which they seem aligned, not the drum circle/hacky sack end of things (in fact, they gently mock that very element in "Fuzzy Little Hippy Girl." Ultimately, Great American Taxi comes off like the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers with guitars, or the Dead with a stricter rehearsal regimen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2010
Label:
Great American Taxi
UPC:
0626570603795
catalogNumber:
7060379

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Great American Taxi   Primary Artist
Chris Sheldon   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Vince Herman   Acoustic Guitar,Bongos,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Barry Sless   Electric Guitar
Jim Lewin   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Justin Jones   Saxophone
Coco Brown   Vocals
Edwin Hurwitz   Electric Bass,Group Member
Tim Carbone   Fiddle,Vocals
Dave Stamps   Trombone
Brooke Northropp   Background Vocals
Chad Staehly   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member,Hammond B3
Nathan Peoples   Saxophone
Bonnie Paine   Background Vocals,Washboard
Noelle Virgil   Background Vocals
Shelly Lindsey   Vocals
Sheryl Renee   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Hartford   Composer
David Glasser   Mastering
Salli Ratts   Artwork
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Vince Herman   Executive Producer
Edwin Hurwitz   Composer
Tim Carbone   Producer,Engineer
Greg Colley   Engineer
Chad Staehly   Executive Producer
Eric Abramson   Videography
Russ Hungsberg   Guitar Techician
Reece Pullen   Drum Technician
Ben Harris   Guitar Techician
Jay Harper   Engineer

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