Great American Taxi & Wally Ingram
About Great American Taxi
In the past five years, Great American Taxi has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit. Their uninhibited sound is a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk country, gospel, and good ol' fashioned rock 'n' roll. 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 Boulder, in March of 2005. "We put together a dream band of the best local musicians for a one-off gig," Herman recalls. "It worked so well we had to do it again, and again, and again." Great American Taxi quickly evolved into one of the best country-, rock-, and bluegrass- influenced jam bands in the land, masterfully blending acoustic and electric instruments into music they call "Americana Without Borders."
Great American Taxi has been equated with roots rockers like the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, The Byrds, and Little Feat. Herman finds the comparisons flattering. "We're definitely connected to all the acts in the country/rock spectrum, as well as the spirit of Gram Parsons and Woody Guthrie," he says. "We want to address the issues appropriate to our times, while making music that gets people up and moving."
They've made their reputation as an exciting live band, willing to invite the audience on stage for impromptu jams and sing-alongs. "When strangers join in to sing and play, you don't know what's going to happen," Herman grins. "It keeps you on your toes musically and brings out feelings of camaraderie and community." That loose, anything-can-happen feel is the hallmark of Reckless Habits, Great American Taxi's second album. The band Herman, Staehly, Jim Lewin on electric guitar and vocals, Edwin Hurwitz on bass, and drummer Chris Sheldon spent a couple of weeks at Backbone Studio in Loveland, Co, with producer Tim Carbone (from Railroad Earth) working together to bring the feel of an on-stage performance to the recording process. We did the tracks live, playing together, Herman says. "We like to make real music, as opposed to executing parts."
About Wally Ingram
Wally Ingram grew up playing music in Wisconsin, the land of beer, brats, cheese and the Green Bay Packers! Early influences were Bart Starr, Vince Lombardi and Paul Hornung as well as mother Dotty(quite a drummer in fact) Wally was mentored in Madison by The Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield himself as well as legendary bassist/ educator Richard Davis. First Band Sometimes Y was produced by Butch Vig along with Garbage pal, Steve Marker. Butch(Nirvana/Smashing Pumpkins etc...) remains a great friend & just(Jan.'07) put on an amazing benefit concert for me and my cancer battle with an incredible line up! See wallyingram.com for groovy details! The hell with the third person stuff. I've just been given cancer free status and I am so thankful to be alive and have so many wonderful, loving people in my life! I've played in a ton of bands over the years. Let's see if I can recall a few...moved to LA in 1985 to work with Kevin O'Neal of the BusBoys we also played with Tracy Chapman and Brave New World. I was in Timbuk 3 for years and met Jackson Browne while playing at the 100th anniversary of Wounded Knee in South Dakota also met Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby and Graham Nash that night and went on to work with all of them over time. Jackson introduced me to David Lindley and we toured and recorded together for over 6 years of wonderful craziness! Through JB I also worked with Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Jennifer Warnes, John Trudell, CSN, Warren Zevon, Bruce Cockburn etc.. wow to say that he has had an influence on my career would be a huge under statement!!! Thanks Jackson! I toured with Lowen and Navarro for abit before hooking up with Sheryl Crow with my buddy Tad Wadhams on Bass for almost a 3 year wild ride which landed me playing 15 or so dates with Crowded House when Paul Hester Quit. That was cool! This is a partial summary for now. I am about to do my first gig since before the cancer fun, with My High Desert pal Eric Burdon and my mates the Animals! Yes! To Rock Again is a very very fine and good thing yes it is! I also am a member of Stockhom Syndrome with my dear friends, Dave Schools(WSP), Jerry Joseph, Danny Dziuck(now Danny Louis of Gov't Mule) and my Alektorophobia partner the extraordinary Eric Mc Fadden (EMT) Bye for Now. Love Wally
About Jerry Joseph
Jerry Joseph is constantly touring. If it isn't solo, it is with his rock band The Jackmormons or one his side projects, including The Stockholm Syndrome. Regardless of the configuration, it is always about the songs.
On this solo tour Joseph will be highlighting songs from his recently released album, "Into The Lovely" and Joseph's 2004 solo release "Cherry". We can also expect to hear newly recorded songs from an upcoming release. The songs on "Cherry" are intimate masterpieces that reveal the sights and sounds of life lived on the road. Live, the songs are accompanied by stories of their origins.
"Cherry" is the first solo record Joseph has ever recorded in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, "Cherry's" stripped down vocal and guitar recordings are the pinnacle of a successful career that has included musical collaborations with Vic Chesnutt, Pete Droge and Dave Schools (Widespread Panic, J. Mascis and the Fog), as well as producers such as Terry Manning (Led Zeppelin) and John Keane (R.E.M., 10,000 Maniacs). Joseph has also shared the stage with the likes of Neil Young, The Flaming Lips, DJ Logic, Curt Kirkwood and David Lindley.
"Into The Lovely" features a who's who of Portland musicians including Jennee Connlee (The Decemberists) on keyboards, Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine) on vocals, Steve Drizos on percussion, Mike Lewis, Pat Kearns and Joseph's co-hort from his Little Women days, Steve James, on guitar.
When not touring or recording, Joseph is on the road with his power rock band, Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons. Joseph also writes and tours with his side project, the Stockholm Syndrome, a band he fronts with Dave Schools, Eric McFadden, Wally Ingram and Danny Dzuik.
High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
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