Great American Taxi stops at the Goat Tavern tonight |

Great American Taxi stops at the Goat Tavern tonight

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A few new musicians have hitched a ride on Great American Taxi; they are Jim Lewin on electric guitar and vocals, Edwin Hurwitz on bass guitar and Chris Sheldon on drums and vocals. (When he can spring free of other gigs, Barry Sless also joins in on pedal steel and guitar.) Last December, founding member Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon and Chad Staehly began recording their latest inspiration with the new members, evolving their “Americana without borders” brand of music.

Electric folk, alt-country and a dash of bluegrass and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll; three-part harmonies and strong lead vocals from four of the members.

A variety of roots-oriented bands, including New Riders of the Purple Sage,” a Grateful Dead for the new millennium,” Wilco, Uncle Tupelo and The Byrds.

People will hear threads of the Leftover Salmon fabric, propelled by an inspired Herman who is supported by a cast of talented minstrels ready to follow Herman to the land of “festival!” Herman’s in-your-face, in-the-moment improvisation helps bring the party to Taxi’s well-crafted songs.

People from all backgrounds will be able to latch onto something in the band’s sound. Great American Taxi is truly a melting pot of musical tastes and styles all rolled into their “Americana without borders.”

Since March, 2005, Great American Taxi has played well over 400 shows, including High Sierra Music Fest, Wakarusa, Summer Camp, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Dunegrass and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

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