Great American Taxi Whisk Listeners Away With “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show”

first_imgGreat 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.last_img read more

Thornell paces Pahrump’s Day After The Duel

first_imgPAHRUMP, Nev. (Nov. 10) – Randy Thornell enjoyed two long runs at the front of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified field before departing from Pahrump Valley Speedway with a $1,500 paycheck. Thornell led 15 laps before midway of Sunday’s Day After The Duel special before bobbling after a restart and watching Kyle Brown drive by.He stayed close and returned the favor just five circuits later, however, leading to the finish and racing his way onto the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Thornell’s car, engine and even his trailer are homebuilt. He’s pared back his own racing sched­ule this season while traveling the go-cart circuit with son Blake. “We won the first night out when this car was new in 2010,” he said. “We experimented more with setup this year and got faster as the season came to an end. We learned a lot of stuff. Sunday night was very sweet.” Tony Kinkade Jr., Jesse Williamson, Joe Wabsis and Jason Pike completed the top five.Ben Kates was the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner.Feature results ­ – 1. Randy Thornell; 2. Tony Kinkade Jr.; 3. Jesse Williamson; 4. Joe Wabsis; 5. Jason Pike; 6. Dan Snowden; 7. Richard Anderson; 8. Cory Sample; 9. Jeff Talley; 10. Rich Horibe; 11. Kyle Brown; 12. John Laughlin; 13. Robert Witmer; 14. Dan Lee; 15. Troy Foulger; 16. Steve Nash; 17. Paul Stone; 18. Dan Fitzgerald; 19. Jon Jensen; 20. Dustin Boney; 21. Dan Neubauer; 22. Chase Hansen. Heat winners were Foulger, Jensen, Stone and Thornell. Brown won the “B” feature.last_img read more

Greater fishing rights demanded for Donegal’s island communities

first_imgDeputy Thomas Pringle called for greater fishing rights for Island communities in Donegal and the rest of the country.He made his call while speaking on the Island Fisheries (Heritage License) Bill 2017 in the Dáil.He said “I worked hard alongside my colleagues in the Fisheries Committee to produce a comprehensive Report in 2014 with a number of recommendations calling for greater fishing rights. “However, the Committee Report has fallen on deaf ears and four years since its publication the Report continues to be ignored by Fine Gael today.“I feel that now is the time to address the cultural and sustainability issues plaguing our islands in Ireland today which deal with mass depopulation, emigration and job losses on a continuing basis.”He added that he was reiterating what he has repeatedly called on the Government to do and that is to ring-fence non-transferrable fishing quotas for small-scale coastal fishing.He said “I believe that by making a special provision for rural and coastal communities they may still have time to save their culture, heritage and communities. “I have continuously met with IIMRO and residents on Árainn Mhór and Tory Island and see what they have to endure to keep the community going. Their way of life is at threat due to the blatant disregard the current Government has to their needs and the lack of investment by consecutive Governments to date.“With cross-party support for the Bill today I’m hoping the socio-economic challenges facing these communities will be adequately addressed and that the sustainability of island and rural coastal living can become a reality” concludes Pringle.Greater fishing rights demanded for Donegal’s island communities was last modified: February 2nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Thomas PringledonegalFishingislandslast_img read more