Smarten Up! - Taxi Chain

 Catalogue #: NBM0019
Release: March 2, 2004 

  A funky soulful, absolutely unique blend of Americana, R&B, blues and bagpipe, yes, bagpipe!

Band leader Grier Coppins founded Rare Air, the ground-breaking, the wildly successful jazz/celtic-fusion band over 20 years ago, and continues breaking down walls between musical genres with Taxi Chain. A fresh new brilliant sound, a blend of lowdown American roadhouse and bluesy R&B with a Tom Waitsian sense of lyrics and that damned bagpipe. Seamless, dirty, sweet, and extremely danceable.

NorthernBlues President Fred Litwin recalls,
"... I couldn't help but to sign them after I heard them live at The Rivoli in Toronto. I had never seen such an interesting group of musicians... the band just rocked and the place danced for over two hours!"

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"Taxi Chain sounds like what would happen if you took Tom Waits on a two day bender and then got him a gig at a country bar, fronting a rock band, while playing the bagpipes. A wry look at life that turns the blues around like a three Martini lunch."
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