Great American Taxi : Reckless Habits


Great American Taxi’s sophomore release, Reckless Habits, finds the group in strong form despite some personnel shuffling over the past few years. 

The band continues to lean on the honky-tonk pedal to produce engaging roots-based ditties, including the title cut, Reckless Habits, an infectious ode to the late father of country-rock Gram Parsons, and the Grateful Dead-inspired American Beauty, which acknowledges the outfit’s devotion to the western jam aesthetic. The disc is piled high with roots-based sing-alongs, such as the opening “One of These Days,” guitarist Jim Lewin’s tongue-in-cheek “Tough Job,” and the classic, Vince Herman-delivered “Good Night to Boogie.” Other jewels include “Cold Lonely Town” and the lyrically lustful “Fuzzy Little Hippie Girl.” 

Reckless Habits is largely a democratic effort, with most of the Great American Taxi’s members lending a pen to the songs. And while their habits may be reckless, the results are safely pleasing.

 Reckless Habits is out now on Thirty Tigers.