Great American Taxi / Oakhurst
- Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 9 p.m.
- The Bottleneck, 737 N.H., Lawrence
- Cost: $8 - $10
- Age limit: All ages
Great American Taxi is ready to charge into 2009 with a new album on the horizon and some new members in the cab. In December of 2008 founding members Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) and Chad Staehly brought their new line-up and a few special guests into Backbone Studio in Loveland, Col., to record the next evolution to their “Americana without borders” brand of music. Filled with electric folk, alt-country, a dash of bluegrass and good ol’ rock and roll, the latest version of GAT includes Jim Lewin on electric guitar and vocals, Edwin Hurwitz on bass guitar and Chris Sheldon on drums and vocals. Take a string band and swap out the mandolin player for a drummer and you’re well on your way to understanding the sound of Oakhurst. The band spikes traditional bluegrass with rock & roll and a kamikaze rhythmic sensibility. That danceable concoction along with banjo vs. fiddle shootouts, three part harmonies, and citybilly swagger keeps the band in demand. Its unpretentious interpretation of a genre that's often handled too reverently sparks interest in bluegrass by folks who don’t know Doc Watson from Doc Holliday.