Meet: Great American Taxi

Great American Taxi is such a new band, it hasn't released a CD, and you probably haven't heard of it.

But keyboard player Chad Staehly already refers to it easily as "Taxi," as if it were already an entity, a being, a thing that has taken on a life of its own.

¤ Great American Taxi

¤ 3 p.m. Saturday

¤ Gondola Square

¤ Free

By all accounts, it is.

Great American Taxi was formed as a one-time band for a benefit concert in Boulder, but the chemistry of the seven musicians worked so well on stage, it seemed natural to keep it alive.

Officially, Great American Taxi is Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Reed Foehl of Acoustic Junction, Staehly of the John McKay Band, Eben Grace and Jake Coffin of Dan Bern, and Will Downes and Jeff Hamer of the Single Malt Band. But Great American Taxi is nothing like any of those bands.

"Taxi is its own thing," Staehly said. "It's country flavored roots music. Americana.

Great American Taxi is a little bit rock, a little bit country and a little bit slam grass with songwriting as the band's main focus.

With seven experienced musicians in the band, it's also a chance to explore and experiment with things such as four-part harmonies. Everyone in this band sings, even the drummer.

"I think the whole jam band thing has played itself out," Staehly said. "People are ready to hear well-arranged, well-written songs.

"You get a lot of that in Taxi. We can dig in, and with Vince (Herman) on board, anything can happen with this band."

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