Great American Taxi logging the miles; at Crystal Bay on Saturday |

Great American Taxi logging the miles; at Crystal Bay on Saturday

Lake Tahoe Action
Great American Taxi, featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, returns to Crystal Bay for a show Saturday at the Tahoe Biltmore.

With a few more miles on its odometer, Great American Taxi is pulling back into Crystal Bay for a show Saturday, March 29, at the Tahoe Biltmore.

In its two years of existence, the band has taken its jamming 21st-century American sound from home in the Colorado’s high country to the Pacific, through the Midwest and back to the East Coast.

The band starred at the High Sierra Music Fest, graced the main stage at Wakarusa, played late-night sets at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and went north to the 10,000 Lakes Festival, all while playing bars, clubs and theaters around the country.

“Americana is a pretty wide range of music, and we definitely do that in our shows, from reggae to the country rock kind of stuff, but still it’s kind of hard to figure out what kind of band it is,” frontman Vince Herman, formerly of Leftover Salmon, told Lake Tahoe Action in December. “We’re just citizens of the planet trying to figure out which borders to cross and which borders not to.”

Great American Taxi consists of Herman, keyboard player Chad Staehly, guitarist Jefferson Hamer, drummer Jake Coffin and Edwin Hurwitz on bass.

With a lineup of jam-band legends, Great American Taxi is building support the old-fashioned way, logging miles in tour if its 2007 debut, “Streets of Gold.”

“The studio was really nice to get into. Songs kind of evolve on the road playing live and that stuff, but it’s good to make a document like that,” Herman said. “It’s strange, but they last forever, unlike live shows.”

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