'Is What You Make It' June 2016 RELEASE

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"First Things First" is the eighth track on 'Is What You Make It', the upcoming collaboration album by The TaxiCab Verses and Kofi Atentenben & The Warriors.

THE TAXICAB VERSES
Since 2008, James A. Wilson has been traveling to and from Accra, Ghana to collaborate with Ghanaian group Kofi Atentenben & the Warriors on an album for his project, The TaxiCab Verses. The TaxiCab Verses is a project that combines Wilson's musical experiences both in Africa and here in Athens. What results is a whole new kind of music, a melding of more traditional African music with that quintessential Athens rock sound.

TIMELINE
2010-2011:
James A Wilson, Patterson Hood, and Drew Vandenberg began co-producing the upcoming full-length collaboration album from The TaxiCab Verses/Kofi Atentenben & The Warriors, Is What You Make It. The album was engineered by Vandenberg with the Chase Park Transduction Mobile Unit and recorded in three Athens, GA locations plus two locations in Ghana, West Africa From January 2010 through September 2011.

2014:
Drew Vandenberg mixed Is What You Make It.

2015:
Is What You Make It is mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sounds, and TCV is eternally grateful.

On January 18, 2015, Forever Now, an Aphids Project, launched a record into outer space and includes an excerpt of the collaboration between Kofi Atentenben & The Warriors and the TaxiCab Verses. Learn more about ForeverNow: forevernow.me

2016:
Is What You Make It by The TaxiCab Verses/Kofi Atentenben & The Warriors will be self-released in June.


The TaxiCab Verses Live Band:
James A Wilson……………………………………………..…..Vocals, Conductor
Trish Scurry, Melissa Colbert-Taylor…………………………...Backing Vocals
Brad Morgan…………………………………………………....Drums
Chuck Bradburn, Chris Herron, Bryan J. Howard……………...Bass Guitar
Richard Mikulka, Matt Stoessel, Jef Whatley…………………..Electric Guitar
Jacob Morris…………………………………………………….Cello
John Fernandes………………………………………………….Violin
Marc Tissenbaum……………………………………………….Acoustic Guitar
Kate Mikulka, Marc Gilley...……………………………...……Baritone Saxophone
Paul McHugh……………………………………………………Keys


Since the percussion element of The TaxiCab Verses is well taken care of by Atentenben & the Warriors, Wilson built his big Athens band around three bass players: Chuck Bradburn, Chris Herron, and Bryan J. Howard. Add legendary drummer Brad Morgan to the mix and you have an incredibly booming full rhythm section capable of providing a suitable landscape for the members from Ghana to let loose. Multiple guitar players, back up singers, a string and horn section, and Wilson himself as conductor and lead singer make every TCV show a visual and audio experience difficult to forget. The music moves with great force to touch on elements of both Athens and Ghanaian music. The lyrics are all Ghana, all the time—literally. Wilson writes: “I have collected hundreds of different phrases from the backs of taxis all over Ghana and have put them into the form of a story and song in an attempt to capture and share the mindset of the wonderful people in Ghana from a specific moment in time.”

Praise for The TaxiCab Verses:

“Of all the musical experimentation that’s been bubbling about Athens in the last few years, James Wilson’s TaxiCab Verses has to be the most ambitious, interesting and successful project.” –Andre Gallant, Athens Banner-Herald onlineathens.com/music/2013-01-02/ghana-athens-share-some-taxicab-verses

“The music fuses elements of western and African music and is stunning…..It is very cool and I am very thrilled to be a part of it.” –Patterson Hood, producer
www.facebook.com/notes/patterson-hood/the-taxicab-verses-note-from-patterson-7711/10150248207272988

“The final result of these initial recordings is a combination of the vintage amp gnarl of the Athens musicians along with intense, simmering percussion care of the Ghanaian ringers.” –Jeff Tobias, Flagpole Magazine, 2011.

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releases June 23, 2016
Vocals, Cue Giver: James A. Wilson.
Backup Vox: Trish Scurry, Melissa Colbert-Taylor
Electric Guitars: Matt Stoessel, Craig Lieske, Jef Whatley, Richard Mikulka
Bass: Chuck Bradburn, Chris Herron, Bryan J. Howard
Drums: Brad Morgan

African musicians courtesy of Kofi Atentenben and The Warriors (Accra, Ghana)
Gome: Agbo Kofi
African Drummer: Okoe Yartey
Bells, Rattle: Akuetteh Yartey
Crazy cool vintage amps provided by Marc Tissenbaum
Engineered and mixed by Drew Vandenberg
Mastered by Greg Calbi @ Sterling Sound, NYC
Produced by Drew VandenBerg, James A. Wilson, Patterson Hood

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Athens, Ga based High Life/Rock band with members in USA and Ghana, West Africa

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