Reckless Habits

[Thirty Tigers]

Great American Taxi takes a highway through the heartland that leads straight from the Mississippi Delta to the Colorado Rockies, dissecting other equally diverse realms in between. Born out of an all-star jam session featuring singer and keyboardist Chad Staehly and singer, guitarist and mandolin player Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi grew rapidly into a full-blown combo five years ago. This sophomore set reflects a vast array of influences, from the Southern saunter of  “One of These Days” to the Dead-like feel of “New Millennium Blues” and the echoes of the Band in the weary “New Madrid.” As the record winds on, hints of Little Feat, Dr. John, Randy Newman and the New Riders also turn up in the spiraling mix of boogie, blues, bluegrass, nu-grass and honky-tonk. The road-tested Great American Taxi turns Reckless Habits into a high-octane performance. – LZ

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