Great American Taxi transports listeners to the musical intersection of jam band, blues, rock and Americana on their new album, Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show. While it is said that “laughter is the best medicine,” good music is surely comes in a close second. For their latest release, Great American Taxi continue to show that, whoever has their hand on the wheel, the direction and destination stay the same.The twists and turns in the band’s lineup seem to have finally settled into a cohesive unit that is delivering a sound far greater than the sum of its parts. Not to say that newly minted front man Arthur Lee Land, guitarist Jim Lewin, keyboard player Chad Staehly and company ever strayed from the Gram Parsons spirit the band was forged to follow.“We Can Run” opens things up with a blast of honky-tonk blues that serves as a fitting introduction for new vocalist Land. There are similarities to former vocalist Todd Snider in tone, but similarities are just on the surface level. Songs like “Out On The Town” quickly help illuminate the more earnest direction of the band. It’s easy to see a more whimsical take on the tune with previous line-ups but the more heart felt approach presented here is impressive and distinct.The slow burn blues of “Sunshiny Days” shows a understanding of build and release that lets Land and Lewin trade some powerful licks over booming bass and drums. A groovy banjo intro to “All The Angels” is placed perfectly on the track listing, lifting the slowly darkening mood instantly. The religious iconography in the lyrics serve as sparse cover for the universal advice the band is doling out on the track. “Home” keeps the expansive vibe going with jazz brush drumming and banjo counterpointing lilting pedal steel guitar and fiddle that perfectly underscore the melancholy spirit of the tune.The title track, “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show,” comes on like a fever dream version of old-timey carnival music with a psychedelic twist for good measure. The wry songwriting on the album reaches a peak on “Like There’s No Yesterday” giving Jimmy Buffett some unexpected competition in the “Looking back on a life from a pirate’s perspective” sub-genre. Closing out the album, “Mother Lode” unwinds in a flat spiral, evoking a hopeful but weary look at the future.Over the course of Dr.Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show, Great American Taxi shows great comfort in a wide variety of song styles and sonic dimensions. Though past iterations have seemed to focus more on the person at the front of the stage this is the first effort that feels like a true group effort. If GAT can continue with this level sanctified mix of righteous music and insightful lyrical content, then let’s hope this configuration is here to stay.
Fuse LLC,Fuse, a marketing agency that helps brands reach teens and young adults, is proud to announce the launch of an annually occurring Service Grant Program. Fuse will donate $25,000 in services to a to-be-selected charity program within the action sports community.”In the past fifteen years, Fuse has supported many great non-profits through donations and by providing pro bono or discounted work. It has been a rewarding experience and we are now excited to expand our community involvement through this new grant program,” said Brett Smith, Partner at Fuse. “This project will provide a substantial grant to a deserving non-profit and allow Fuse to continue its dedication to community service.”Existing non-profit programs within the action sports community, as well those with new charity ideas connected to action sports, are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is October 15, 2011.”As an agency that has our roots in action sports, Fuse is excited to give back to the community,” said Issa Sawabini, Partner at Fuse. “Fuse’s goal is to continue to support non-profits that are associated with action sports and who are tirelessly involved in aiding the community.”Grant selection will be based on the applicants’ positive impact on American youth and on Fuse’s ability to make a difference through its work. The grant winner will be announced on November 15, 2011 and grant-funded work will take place in 2012. More information and the online application can be found at facebook.com/FuseLLC.About Fuse: Fuse is a youth culture marketing agency founded in 1995. The agency connects brands with teens and young adults through sports, music, fashion, video gaming and other relevant cultural interests. Fuse’s services include brand strategy, public relations, event marketing, design, social media and digital services. The Fuse staff, led by Partners Brett Smith, Bill Carter and Issa Sawabini, is comprised of marketing professionals and cultural experts who have worked for some of the most prominent brands and agencies in the country. Fuse has experience working with clients in product categories including action sports, beverages, snacks, footwear, auto, higher-ed and finance. In addition to the Service Grant Program, Fuse’s community initiatives include a donation program, community engagement committee, donation matching, staff leadership in community projects, monthly group volunteer projects and paid time off for volunteering. In 2011, Fuse was named one of Outside magazine’s “Best Places to Work” in the US. For more information, visit fusemarketing.com, facebook.com/FuseLLC or twitter.com/fuse_marketing.BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwire – August 15, 2011) –
continue reading » There’s a decent chance we’ll look back at the first half of 2019 as the period when the US payments landscape changed permanently. The chain of events began in January with Fiserv’s surprise announcement that it was acquiring First Data in a $22 billion merger. Speculation quickly followed on how other leading financial services technology providers would respond. Two months later FIS answered that question with an even bigger combination by purchasing Worldpay, which had recently gained the title of the US’s largest merchant card acquirer in terms of processing volume. Then in May, card processors TSYS and Global Payments announced they would join forces in a “merger of equals.” Our webinar explores the dynamics of these three acquisitions and their various implications for banks and credit unions in greater detail.Taken together, these three deals rolled up the two largest US bank software providers and every top ten player in card acquiring, not already affiliated with a major bank—all within the space of five months. During the same period, the country’s #11 and #12 largest banks announced their own merger of equals—the first major move by a Top 20 bank since the financial crisis. In providing their rationale for the deal to the investment community, the leaders of SunTrust and BB&T cited the need for greater technological scale. If this is the case, what does it imply for the over 11,000 US banks and credit unions smaller than this newly combined entity?Each of these deals has its own unique characteristics—Global Payments/TSYS, for instance, is being touted as the “payments pure play” because its portfolio does not include the software and adjacent banking services offered by FIS and Fiserv. A few unifying themes emerge, however. One is the need for even greater economies of scale in order to preserve operating margins in a competitive payments environment. Another is the continued convergence of various payments models, leading providers to strive to deliver a unified, one-stop-shop experience. The servicing of merchants and card issuers is also moving toward a common set of providers. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr