I recently joined the Colorado Americana Jam Band “Great American Taxi” replacing Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon. These guys have been pals of mine since they started back in 2005. “Americana Without Borders” best describes their sound and I’ll bringing my singing, songwriting, B-Bender Telecaster pickin’ and more to this party giving the band sound a new flavor for sure. We just finished mixing our new album that Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth is producing and will be out later this year or early next. The band also features long time members: Chad Staehlyon keys, Jim Lewinon guitar and Brian F. Adamson bass. Carol Lee contributed lyrics to many of the songs on the new album.
Drummer Duane Trucks (Hard Working Americans) was invited to play on the record and is wonderful cat and great player who is the younger brother of Derek and nephew of Butch Trucks (Allman Bros drummer) and has been playing with Widespread Panic filling in for their drummer who’s been on leave since last fall. Duane will perform with the band on some of the dates in 2015. Nate Barnes (Rose Hill Drive, Ryan Bingham) will join the band on drums as well for some shows.
Producer Tim Carbone recently had this to say about the new recording project – “The sound of the new line-up is pure gold Americana! The songwriting is as sharp as ever and the boys are willing and able to experiment. The guitar playing is mind blowing!”
Come see our debut show Thursday 6/4 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder with the Grant Farm another great band!!! This evening is gonna be an epic jam fest of Telecaster Guitars and great songs!!!
Quite an amazing week. We are so grateful to be safe and up on high ground with our own well, septic and connected to power from Longmont. We got power back late Monday night and Internet today. Cell service has been bad and still is.
Since we have had access to an RV that has a fridge and a generator, along with 100 gallons of rain water I collected on Friday plus ample food and drinking water we have been able to spend time helping our neighbors instead of leaving town right away.
I will post videos of our experience during the flood from our vantage point above Apple Valley Rd on the river when I have time to do so.
Here is a video from Saturday of the entire town and up to the Button Rock dam. The devastation is massive. Planet Bluegrass was hit very hard.
It’s amazing how quick the recovery is moving. I’m so grateful to all the people who have been working non-stop to save lives and rebuild Lyons.
I have a greater understanding of what so many people around the world have experienced thru natural disasters
There is something special about people being forced to connect with each other when there are no distractions like cell phones, Internet and all that comes with an electricity based life. Just for a brief moment I saw kids in the neighborhood playing with each other like we did when we were kids before technology took over. And they were LOVING IT!
The human spirit always rises to the occasion in crisis and it truly is the silver lining in these “bad” situations. This is only the beginning of a long haul to rebuild so much of Colorado and I am sure we’ll see some amazing team work in the weeks and months ahead!
Coming close to the end of our 6 week West Coast tour. Big thanks to everyone who shared their hearts, homes, meals and love with us. Looking forward the next loop back around this fall! So many highlights… like playing the Vintage Wine Bar in Redding CA and having to play at 11:30AM the next morning at KPIG with John Sandidge in Watsonville CA…then right after that finding diesel fuel leaking from the RV. Seems like when the worst things happen they occur in the best possible scenario!
I am blessed for sure with friends and saviors on the road like Daniel Shane Thomas!
Looking forward to returning home to Lyons CO tho😉
Here is the back story on my Africa trip in 2001 that birthed AfroGrass and the inspiration for my current Electro Americana live show using the Art of Live -Looping. Only 2 minutes!!!