January has seen a couple of surprising parting of the ways between jam acts and (now
former) members. The latest band to announce a switch is Great American Taxi.
Vince Herman will leave the band to focus on Leftover Salmon. After much thought,
the GAT guys have called upon Colorado's Taylor Sims to join the band. Sims had
previously fronted Lyons, CO's Spring Creek Bluegrass Band.
Great American Taxi has also revealed Todd Snider will not only help with their
forthcoming album, but is officially an "honorary member" of the group. Stream "Home" from
the new GAT album:
Read the official statement from the band:
Great American Taxi and Vince Herman have decided it is in the best interest of the
band and everyone involved to part ways starting in 2014. Vince recently moved to Oregon
to settle down and spend more time on his farm, and his other band, Leftover Salmon, have
become very active again absorbing much of Herman's time. Great American Taxi has wanted
to play more and follow up on the success of their last two albums, which landed them in
the top 10 on the Americana radio charts. The band took their time over the last four or
five months and decided to offer the job to Taylor Sims. Some will remember Sims from his
days fronting Colorado favorites Spring Creek Bluegrass Band from Lyons, CO. Sims, a
Texas native, is an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who has lived in
Colorado for the last eight years. Founding member Chad Staehly and Taxi veterans Jim
Lewin, Chris Sheldon, and Brian Adams will continue down the road 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.
Also joining Taxi for this next chapter (as an honorary member and helping with their
forthcoming album) will be long-time collaborator Todd Snider, who the band has backed up
on numerous shows and albums. Snider also produced Taxi's last release Paradise Lost.
Taxi recently spent more than a week at Coupe Studios in Boulder working on the new album
and will return to the studio in April, Snider in tow, to finish the recording. People
should expect something new, but with the same strong songwriting and live performance
energy the band has become known for. The untitled new release is slated to come out in
late 2014. In the meantime, Taxi will be hitting the road with the new line-up along with
some of the new material starting in March.
Here's a list of upcoming Great American Taxi shows:
March 13 - Hodi's Half Note - Fort Collins, CO
March 14 - Cervantes' Masterpiece Theater - Denver, CO w/ New Orleans Suspects
March 16 - 320 South - Breckenridge, CO
March 19 - Agave - Avon, CO
March 22 - Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV
May 30 - 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival - Bean Blossom, IN
August 10 - Dead on the Creek - Willits, CA (w/ Todd Snider)