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.