Vince Herman And Great American Taxi Return To The Sitzmark Bar & Grill
January 5, 2013 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Vince Herman has fallen in love with Alaska. Herman’s band, Great American Taxi, returns to Alyeska Resort for three nights January 18, 19 and 20, 2013 at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill. Tickets to the 21 and over shows are $15 in advance and $20 day of show and available online at AlyeskaResort.com, by phone at 907-754-2275 or in person at either Alyeska Ticket Office or Sitzmark.
Great American Taxi is one of the best country-, rock-, and Bluegrass - influenced jam bands in the land, masterfully blending acoustic and electric instruments into music. Great American Taxi was born when singer, guitarist, and mandolin player Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon joined keyboard player and singer Chad Staehly for a superstar jam to benefit the Rainforest Action Group in 2005. The band is made up of Herman, Staehly, Jim Lewin on electric guitar and vocals, Edwin Hurwitz on bass, and drummer Chris Sheldon.
“We put together a dream band of the best local musicians for a one-off gig,” Great American Taxi’s singer/guitarist/mandolinist Vince Herman recalls, “It worked so well we had to do it again, and again, and again.”
Great American Taxi’s latest release, Paradise Lost, tackles songs about working class, blue-collar issues while maintaining Taxi’s signature upbeat, country-, bluegrass-, rock-infused sound.
Confronting current issues like mountaintop removal, nuclear energy, poor economic conditions, or a soldier returning from war isn’t unfamiliar territory for the band. “I believe in the power of music and songs that can generate the energy to do something,” explains Herman. “Politics should be in music; everything’s politics, especially music. Songwriting can draw attention to appropriate issues of our times.”
“Taxi’s latest release has shed the jamming and gone for the throat with focused song writing and tight musical arrangements,” adds keyboardists/singer and album executive producer Chad Staehly. “The album combines ‘folky’ elements with straight ahead bluegrass that was propelled by Tim O’Brien playing fiddle, banjo and mandolin on several numbers mixed with equal parts rock ’n’ roll — think early-’70s country-rock Rolling Stones.”
The band crafted a batch of 12 songs that follow a script of sorts, focusing on America in the new millennium. The theme started to develop in 2010 when they spent time in Nashville. Later that year, while on tour with Snider in Denver, lightning struck: Snider and the band decided to work together to create Taxi’s third album, which was to explore what “paradise lost” means to all of us, individually and collectively. Paradise Lost takes on issues such as loss of childhood, loss of innocence, lost loved ones — even the loss of the record industry.
The release wraps up a trilogy, the band realized while working on Paradise. Their three albums loosely sketch out three periods in American history. People came to this country to carve out their Streets of Gold (GAT’s first release in 2007), got caught up in a bunch of Reckless Habits and have ended up with a sense of Paradise Lost.
Taxi has spent the last six years touring America non-stop, and their astute observations on the American condition resound with a truth and values ethos that all can relate to. After all, these guys have seen a lot, having played more than 750 shows in their short history together and traveling close to 500,000 miles in that time, spreading a brand of music that they affectionately refer to as “Americana without borders.”
The Hotel Alyeska offers Sitzmark music lodging packages for music fans featuring one-night stay, tickets to any concert of choice, souvenir tee-shirts and $50 resort credit starting from as low as $219 per night (plus tax and fees) based on double occupancy. To make a reservation, visit the Alyeska Resort website at AlyeskaResort.com or call resort reservations at 907-754-2111 or 800-880-3880.
About Alyeska Resort (www.alyeskaresort.com)
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 304 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. Alyeska Resort stands out during ski season with 650” of average snowfall annually and the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort at www.alyeskaresort.com or 800.880.3880.