Great American Taxi stops in Vail Thursday |

Great American Taxi stops in Vail Thursday

Taylor L. Roozen
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyAlong with Chad Staehly, Vince Herman helped start Great American Taxi, which plays in Vail Thursday, four years ago after his band Leftover Salmon decided to take a break.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – After running laps on I-70 and I-80 since for music gigs since February, Great American Taxi returns to the Vail Valley for a night of live music.

The Front Range band plays at Samana Lounge Thursday night; the band will play from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

“Taxi is really slamming right now,” said Scotty Stoughton of Samana Lounge. “It’s a line up of amazing musicians, including Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon.”

We asked Chad Staehly, co-founder of the band as well as the band’s keyboardist and backup singer, a few questions about the show.

Vail Daily: Where does the name Great American Taxi come from?

Chad Staehly: It comes from a friend of Vince Herman, who described Vince’s skiing style as that of a great American taxi barreling down the mountain.

VD: What can people expect from Thursday night’s show?

CS: Well we’ve played Vail a lot, so I’m sure people will know what to expect. The band definitely does some improvising, you know. It’s always a party atmosphere with Taxi, it’s a party band. There’s great original song writing and a pile of fun cover songs. It’s Americana music, which kind of encompasses rock, bluegrass, a little blues, and some folk, some electric folk.

VD: How many albums do you guys have out right now?

CS: We have one record that was released in 2007 that was called “Streets of Gold.” Recently we’ve done a limited edition release of a live album CD that is from the Old Settlers Music Festival. We played there back in April and a company recorded our set, and we decided to release that. Right now we’re selling that until our second studio effort comes out, which is all done. The album is going to be called “Reckless Habits,” but it’s not going to come out until the end of this year.

VD: What else have you guys been up to lately?

CS: Touring, playing shows. Taxi’s a road band, we do about 130 to 140 shows a year, so you know, we’ve just been doing laps on Interstate 70 and 80, and everything in between. The band’s pretty much been on the road non-stop now since February. Things are kind of starting to slow down now a little bit, but we’ve just been road doggin’ it. We play in a lot of festivals and outdoor concert series and stuff like that in the summer. And then clubs and theaters in the winter, fall and spring … It’s a national touring band, it plays from coast to coast. We’ve played from Maryland to California this year. You name it, we’ve probably covered 30 of the 50 states this year.

VD: What keeps you guys coming back to Vail?

CS: There’s been this core of people who have been around and supporting Taxi since it started four years ago. Some of our earlier shows were there in the Vail Valley, and we’ve always had a pile of fun over at State Bridge, too. There’s a great group of people who love that Americana without borders brand of music that we play, and it always turns into a really good party.

VD: What’s the Samana show usually like?

CS: We’ve played Samana a bit. Usually it’s a special thing. We’ve done a couple Halloween shows at Samana, a few years back with the Hurricane Katrina thing we did a great show where Coolio actually came down and sat in for a couple of sets, which was interesting and a pile of fun. Scotty, who runs Samana, usually gets us up there for various fun events. This is kind of just gonna be a regular Thursday night show, but it always turns out to be a special kind of evening there at Samana.

VD: Is there anything unique about this show that people won’t want to miss?

CS: Well actually, Jefferson Hamer, who was an original founding member on guitar, he hasn’t been with the band for about a year now, but he’s actually doing this run of shows with us. So people that latched onto his stuff in the “Streets of Gold” record, and like what Jefferson’s up to on his own, will get to see him playing with Taxi up in Vail … He’s been focusing in on his song writing and his solo thing out of Brooklyn.

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