Reckless Habits

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Allen
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: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Great American Taxi
  • UPC: 626570603795
  • Catalog Number: 7060379

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One of These Days (4:25)
  2. 2 New Millennium Blues (3:53)
  3. 3 Get No Better - The Black Swan Singers (5:01)
  4. 4 New Madrid (4:17)
  5. 5 Unpromised Land (6:08)
  6. 6 Reckless Habits (4:40)
  7. 7 Cold Lonely Town - The Black Swan Singers (6:30)
  8. 8 American Beauty (6:01)
  9. 9 Tough Job (3:46)
  10. 10 Fuzzy Little Hippy Girl (2:52)
  11. 11 Big Sandy River (2:25)
  12. 12 Albuquerque, Nm (3:39)
  13. 13 Good Night To Boogie (3:24)
  14. 14 [Untitled] (2:02)
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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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