Black Swan ~ From the upcoming album "Never Ending Now" - May 10, 2016
Here is the first look and listen to the latest single from the upcoming album "Never Ending Now" due out in June 2016.
Here is the first look and listen to the latest single from the upcoming album "Never Ending Now" due out in June 2016.
NEVER ENDING NOW
The first of 3 new albums is called Never Ending Now and it’s turning out to be a double album. Double albums are relics of the 70’s… but I live outside of the fads and fashions of the music and art world. I go with my own vibe… my own muse.
Never Ending Now is the first of what may be 3 brand new albums in 2016 - 2017. The music is coming fast and furious and I’m trying to capture lightning in a bottle. For my San Antonio fans, you will recognize many of the names of musicians on this new album.
Mitchell Connell - electric guitar
Justin Schneider - 8 string bass guitar
AJ Navarro - drums
Godfery Smith - drums
Melissa Ludwig - vocals
La-Kee Smith - vocals
Donna Siler - vocals
Monique Pearson - vocals
Onel Jimenez - saxophone
and for those of you familiar with the national scene
Jeff Elbel (from the band Ping) - bass guitar
Anthony Gravely - mando-guitar
Bruce Neher - mastering
Did I leave anyone out?
My mind is drenched in song mixes… I will put out an official liner notes for when the album gets released!
12 songs became 29 songs.
29 songs became 24 songs.
Aaahhh… where did those 5 songs go? They just didn’t hold up after repeated listens.
At this stage we are finishing up the songs this week and mixing and mastering as we go along. So there’s a flurry of activity going on at all hours of the day and night in my Creative Space.
When this album is finished, I immediately go into Kickstarter Album mode ~ Yes! Another new album - this time, I will be working with many of my musical heroes from some of your favorite bands. This record will be a Kickstarter project and you will be invited to be a big part of it… Stay tuned!!
If that is not enough… I’m working with Curt Saunier (former Love Coma touring bass player) and creative genius… on yet another album full of remixes and reimagined versions of some older songs along with some dream like beautiful soundscapes with a trio of female singers I’m working with from the Azul Experience. This music may only be available as part of the Kickstarter project.
Have I mentioned that?
I’m good tired.
Please stay tuned.
Help me share the music and the wild beauty of creating it with these amazing people.
Back at it today.
A flurry of activity has been happening.
Many song ideas are born in the morning & I capture them straight to tape.
In the afternoon, I have musicians dropping in to add their touch & figure out my melodies.
My head is full of ideas but things are going too fast to make sense of it all & this is a good thing.
I can make more sense in the mix down stage.
Many of the songs are born from acoustic guitars in alternate tunings.
Other songs are heavy electric groove & funk numbers.
It’s almost like there are two separate albums within this one album.
Black books full of handwritten lyrics.
Many lines scratched out and rewritten.
Some songs had no lyrics at all so I would record myself add libbing vocal parts until an interesting phrase or melody came about.
Sometimes up to 6 tracks of add lib vocals for each tune. I would listen, pick my favorites and move on.
I have this idea of recording alternate versions for many of the songs.
Here is a vibe filled acoustic version… brushes on a snare, congas, mando-guitar on other songs.
Then I’d have the “big” versions… full band, gospel singers… the works.
Two completely different versions of the same album.
That would be interesting.
I’ve got some amazing musicians playing on this album.
Some of them I didn’t even expect. They came out of the blue.
I don’t want to give away any names yet… but very soon!
Still no album title.
Out of 20 songs… only one or two have definitive titles.
Everything else is in motion…. constantly changing.
And there are even more songs to record.
That’s all for now… but that’s not all!
I’m dreaming up two new records for 2016. I’ve got big ideas and high hopes.
I want to do another record in the same vein as Traveler’s Hotel and Daylight, both recorded in my home.
And I want to release a Kickstarter to do a big record with many of my musical heroes all on the same record together.
So songs started coming from thin air.
I bought several big blank books just waiting to be filled with words and thoughts and ideas.
I had used a few different alternate guitar tunings on Down Goes The Day and Worthless Pursuit but it’s been a while since
I learned something new, so I chose some new tunings for several different guitars and started experimenting with rhythm patterns,
melodies and old ways of saying the same new thing.
And then, when the red light came on… South Texas Cedar Fever hit me and has been with me for weeks.
I’m never one to record a “scratch” or temporary vocal. Every time I sing, I consider it to be a possible take. You never know what you may capture the first time around. I hate beating a song to death to get a “perfect” take that isn’t perfect.
But my throat feels like someone has their hand around it.
I’ve tried many different drips and drops and potions and pills… nothing has worked so far & I’m getting a bit paranoid.
The one good thing about this predicament, is that I can really focus on my arrangements and guitar playing.
I’m playing more electric guitar over my acoustic rhythms and I love it.
It’s another color.
It’s another texture.
I brought Mitchell Connell, who plays live shows around town with me, to do all the real sweet lead and added vibe to these songs.
He really is tasteful and up for anything my brain can think up.
He comes in the room with great ideas and comes up with happy accidents on the spot, as well.
There’s a song called Love Is Less where Mitchell really shines.
His guitars slicing through the gray.
And there’s 16 bars of acoustic chaos right in the middle… like “Where did the song just go?”
I love the unexpected.
There’s another song with the working title of “Sound” where it’s got this Spanish / Arabian thing going on.
It’s like nothing else I’ve ever recorded or written.
It’s strange and wonderful and nothing like it fills the bar rooms and coffeehouses of San Antonio.
But soon, my house will be filled with gospel and soul singers, throwing down in my creative space.
Bass player and songwriter, Jeff Elbel is adding his touch to many of these songs as well…
This is just the beginning.
I’m hoping my voice heals up and I return to 100% capacity…
Details on the Kickstarter album are coming in May… until then, it’s a blast making personal music with no rules and no one to say “No!”
I will be in touch!
The last two months have brought a flurry of creative activity for me. I decided to take the risk of doing my next album though Kickstarter and will reveal it to the world later this year.
Albums?! Yes. Multiple recordings!
First, a "big record" featuring a handful of some of my favorite musicians in some of my favorite bands I have been listening to since I was a teenager. Lots of surprises! Lots of recognizable names! More on this later...
Second, I'm working with Austin musician Curtis Saunier (who was an actual touring bass player in Love Coma) for an album full of re:imagined versions of songs from my back catalog. Some you may be familiar with, some songs never released - all songs - new and full of vibe.
Third, an album of all new acoustic / electric solo and duo songs written and recorded with guitar player Mitchell Connell, who has played in my live band over the last few years. He's also played on the Daylight and Creatio Ex Nihilo albums.
I would absolutely love for you to be a part of my journey... from the ground up!
Stay tuned for the official Kickstarter announcement later this year. Thank you!
Chris has been chosen to be among many talented singer/songwriters in the second annual Dripping Springs Songwriter's Festival in Dripping Springs, TX. He will be performing live several times in different venues open to the public October 16th-18th. For a complete look at all Dripping Springs Songwriter's Festival has to offer, visit: http://drippingspringssongwritersfestival.com
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Daylight (Track by Track)
1. Every Little Thing - is about moving on mentally and spiritually from where I was... And being okay with it. “It’s okay to walk on through, to see the transformation of you” I was writing this song when I found out my mom was in the emergency room hospital, in Upstate NY. I could hear her voice in my mind saying every little thing going to be alright... At the same time I was so afraid she was going to die 1000 miles away from me. "Earth is shaking sky is falling I can hear my momma calling.”
2. Little King of Everything - my wife is king of the castle… or queen… In other words… She rules my heart. (happily so) I liked the sound of Little King better. I love the way she looks in the morning as she sleeps while the sun is coming up… shining through our windows. “Come on sleepy head, come on back to bed.. let the morning sun shine on and on” ~ This is a not so simple love song with a killer guitar by Mitchell Connell.
3. Dogtown - This was the state of my heart. Nothing to do with skateboarders in CA. “The changing of the seasons in this Dogtown…” My heart was turning cold. Wah wah guitars & acoustic rhythms. I dreamt this melody and had Onel learn it on his saxophone, I had Meredith sing it on vocals and Mitchell play it on guitar… It was a perfect trio of sweetness. This became the songs “bridge solo” - stuck in my head in a beautiful way. It is the warmth on a cold day.
4. Set Our Sail - is about how me and her are gonna make it through anything. And how God's grace is always there, even if the church community abandons you and judges you. And how ultimately, I bought the lie that God abandoned me in my darkest hour. He didn't.
5. Find Joy (Whatever The Day Brings) ~ I thought I was writing about someone else when I realized it was about myself. And how after I left the church over 5 years ago… my small community shattered. Friends became distant, I became paranoid, stayed home, focused on my family… years of self-doubt and self-hatred slowly turned into acceptance and forgiveness. I found out, I don’t need a community of 500 people that say they will be there for you… when the shit hits the fan… most of them won’t be there. The ones who REALLY matter, are the ones living under your roof. THAT is your community. Anything else is a bonus of love and true friendship.
6. Same Way Twice - I loved this line “Things Never Happen The Same Way Twice” so I built a song around it. Charlie Haley came up with the reoccurring guitar riff. I added fuzz upon fuzz to it… to make it sound like a 60’s glam jam or some lost Patti Smith jig. Mitchell Connell plays a killer solo with more fuzz. One can’t have too much fuzz. I love me some rock and roll fuzz.
7. Ragamuffin Song - it's about the physical and mental abuse I suffered while living with my father. And how I had carried this deep hatred for myself which caused me to do things I've regretted throughout the years. I’m not blaming him for my own choices in life… but it’ part of my history. I’d rather write a song than pay for therapy. I’d rather use that money to pay my rent.
8. Daylight - a song about transformation and redemption.
9. Slide - an experiment that turned into a song. That feeling of utter loneliness whether you’re in the sunlight or moonlight… as if nothing can comfort you. “All you want to do is slide right down… the arms of love… the arms of love” Like you’re trying to hide yourself in God but feel like you're a million miles away from whatever that is.
10. Goodnight, Goodnight - is a lullaby. Plain and simple. It’s my way of filling up your head with a sweet melody.
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Celebrating the upcoming release of his new album, Daylight, Taylor is embarking on the first leg of the Misery Loves Company Tour with Michael Roe of the 77's and Derri Daugherty of The Choir, through October.
"When I was a teenager, I would play my 77’s and Choir albums as loud as I could in my headphones (the folks wouldn’t let me listen to Rock and Roll in the house). I got lost in Michael Roe’s wild guitar solos and Derri Daugherty’s atmospheric sonics. I was deep down in the heart of Texas, and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever see these musicians in a live setting… let alone actually tour with them!! Well, it’s a surreal dream come true for me to hit the road with Mike and Derri through the last half of October and beyond. All the excitement of the tour led me to record a new album, called Daylight, and it’s coming out through Lo-Fidelity Records later this month! There is nothing more special than taking our music to people who want to hear it… We are so grateful to have folks all over the country willing to make this happen!” ~ Chris Taylor
Here is a complete list of tour dates: https://www.songkick.com/artists/480411-chris-taylor/calendar
Chris Taylor and his live band... Charlie Haley on percussion, Onel Jimenez on saxophone and Mitchell Connell on electric guitar with special guests Jeff Elbel on bass, Meredith Payne on vocals and Paul Soupiset on mandolin have recorded 10 songs for a brand new album called Daylight. "I'm gearing up for a tour in October with Michael Roe and Derri Daugherty and this little EP bloomed into a full length album" said Taylor. Details soon on the official release date.
A brand new collection of my favorite songs throughout the years... called Free Soul... now on Noisetrade!
Looks like Traveler's Hotel is receiving some good press this year, making several critics Top 20 of 2014 so far... Under The Radar and The Phantom Tollbooth are among those singing the albums' praises.
I've been spending my days and nights creating artwork, new paintings and performing live music around San Antonio. I'm writing and learning new songs for a secret project I'm involved in… something totally out of this world and off the radar! I can't wait to share it with you… Stay tuned!
This tour starts in March through April 2014… If you would like to book a date… please contact Jeffrey at email@example.com for full details ASAP
San Antonio, Boerne, Austin, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Beyond?!
How would you like to turn your Living Room into a ‘Listening Room’ ?
How would you like to both see and hear my entire new album, Travelers Hotel, performed live and unplugged, in your own house?
I am taking out an acoustic duo/trio starting in Jan 2014 to bring Travelers Hotel to your house!
If you’re interested, please ~ email me ~ me for details!
The Hotel Band:
Sarah Martin of Lady Jane Grey on cello and vocals
David Martin of Lady Jane Grey on keyboards
Charlie Haley on percussion and vocals
Onel Jimenez on saxophone
Mitchell Connell of Melissa Ludwig Band on lead guitar
Balla Dear on acoustic guitar and vocals
Who knows what other surprises are in store for that evening!?
The band will take over the hot-spot, Local Coffee on Sonterra Blvd and play the entire Travelers Hotel album (plus the bonus tracks on the digital release) starting at 8pm sharp… This is the same venue Taylor had his CD party for the Blue CD back in 2011.
So… get there early for a good seat….
The concert will be filmed and recorded.
There will be a silent auction for The Big Black Book full of artwork, lyrics and thoughts behind the record.
There will be a painting giveaway at the end of the night.
And if that's not enough, we are releasing Postcards From the End of Time on CD for the very first time as well!