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Published: 2014/01/22

Vince Herman and Great American Taxi Are Parting Ways

Great American Taxi have announced that Vince Herman is leaving the band to focus on his work with Leftover Salmon. The singer/guitarist will be replaced by former Spring Creek Bluegrass Band frontman Tayor Sims. The band’s lineup will be rounded out by founding member Chad Staehly and longtime members Jim Lewin, Chris Sheldon and Brian Adams, while singer-songwriter (and Staehly’s Hard Working Americans bandmate) Todd Snider will join then them as an honorary member. In addition, the band have revealed that they are currently working on a new album, which will also feature Snider.

Great American Taxi revealed the information via a post on Grateful Web that reads:

Great American Taxi and Vince Herman have decided it is in the best interest of the band and everyone involved to part ways starting in 2014.  Vince recently moved to Oregon to settle down and spend more time on his farm, and his other band, Leftover Salmon, have become very active again absorbing much of Herman’s time.  Great American Taxi has wanted to play more and follow up on the success of their last two albums, which landed them in the top 10 on the Americana radio charts.  The band took their time over the last four or five months and decided to offer the job to Taylor Sims.  Some will remember Sims from his days fronting Colorado favorites Spring Creek Bluegrass Band from Lyons, CO.  Sims, a Texas native, is an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumantalist, who has lived in Colorado for the last eight years.  Founding member Chad Staehly and Taxi veterans Jim Lewin, Chris Sheldon, and Brian Adams will continue down the road as they have for the last 5+ years with the same driving rhythm, telecaster, piano and harmony-vocal powered jams they have honed over many a mile and many a smoky late-night performance.

Also joining Taxi for this next chapter (as an honorary member and helping with their forthcoming album) will be long-time collaborator Todd Snider, who the band has backed up on numerous shows and albums.  Snider also produced Taxi’s last release Paradise Lost.  Taxi recently spent more than a week at Coupe Studios in Boulder working on the new album and will return to the studio in April, Snider in tow, to finish the recording.  People should expect something new, but with the same strong songwriting and live performance energy the band has become known for.  The untitled new release is slated to come out in late 2014.  In the meantime, Taxi will be hitting the road with the new line-up along with some of the new material starting in March.

Great American Taxi have also made some of their new material available. You can listen to “Home” and “Hold On Me”—which are set to appear on the band’s forthcoming album—below.

Great American Taxi Tour Dates

March 13 Fort Collins, CO—Hodi’s Half Note
March 14 Denver, CO—Cervantes’ Masterpiece Theater (w/ New Orleans Suspects)
March 16 Breckenridge, CO—320 South
March 19 Avon, CO—Agave
March 22 Las Vegas, NV—Orleans Arena
May 30 Bean Blossom, IN—4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival
August 10 Willits, CA—Dead on the Creek (w/ Todd Snider)

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John J. Wood January 22, 2014, 19:25:28

I am happy for all parties. Vince gets to continue with Leftover Salmon, and the Taxi gains a new member whom can play and sing with both soul and grit. Taylor Sims is well worth hearing, as is the body of work he and Spring Creek left behind. As somebody whom has picked with him a bunch, he’s also a great guy! Go get ‘em, Taylor!!

Walt Chapman January 23, 2014, 01:19:38

I agree John, it’s a win-win. GAT is way too fun and talented to be allowed to fade away. I had fun with Vince and LOS in Girdwood, AK earler this month, and hope GAT can make it back up to Salmonstock soon. We need to get all you guys out on the river. Looking forward to our paths crossing again.

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