New Music In The Making!

Taylor is hard at work on not one... but two new albums! The first will be a proper 10 song album filled with short, melodic songs and will be given an official release date later this year. The second album will be a very moody, orchestral album filled with pedal steel, strings, female vocals, tribal drums and so much more and will be immediately available to Kickstarter Campaign Supporters later this year. This is a super exciting and productive time... Keep tuning in to this site and his social media for more information. Until then... check out a working mix of Everybody Got A Broken Heart.

First Listen! Working Mix: Everybody Got A Broken Heart

Join My Tribe for a chunk of my back catalog! $20 a year!

Join My Tribe for a chunk of my back catalog! $20 a year!

Chris Taylor Art on Album Covers

Bill Mallonee's upcoming album, Forest Full Of Wolves

Bill Mallonee's upcoming album, Forest Full Of Wolves

Abe Partridge's upcoming album: Cotton Fields and Blood For Days

Abe Partridge's upcoming album: Cotton Fields and Blood For Days

Jana Pochop's latest single: Money & Heart available now!

Jana Pochop's latest single: Money & Heart available now!

Chris Taylor Podcast - The Power of Music

I've always wanted to share my record collection with the world. I've started a brand new podcast called The Power Of Music and my first episode features one of my all time favorite artists, Mike Scott of The Waterboys.

 

Brand New 3 Song Single Featuring Nadirah X!

Available Now!

THE STORY

I’ve been a long distance fan of Nadirah X for several years. I noticed her for the first time, when she started working with the Eurythmic’s Dave Stewart. Her song “Testimony” caught my attention with it’s perfect grooves and soulful lyrics. It felt like I discovered buried treasure! As the months went on, I started to follow her on social media and we shared a few back and forth exchanges. Recently, she called me out of the blue and we talked about life and music and keeping on with our creativity. Then we talked about creating something together, so I sent her three songs I was working on & she just brought the house down around this foundation I laid out.  It was magical. Technology can be used in so many ways: to spread hate, love, or turn your social media into graffiti in bathroom stalls. I’m so fortunate to be able to use technology to work with artists from all over the world.

Available Now!

THE STORY

I’ve been a long distance fan of Nadirah X for several years. I noticed her for the first time, when she started working with the Eurythmic’s Dave Stewart. Her song “Testimony” caught my attention with it’s perfect grooves and soulful lyrics. It felt like I discovered buried treasure! As the months went on, I started to follow her on social media and we shared a few back and forth exchanges. Recently, she called me out of the blue and we talked about life and music and keeping on with our creativity. Then we talked about creating something together, so I sent her three songs I was working on & she just brought the house down around this foundation I laid out. It was magical. Technology can be used in so many ways: to spread hate, love, or turn your social media into graffiti in bathroom stalls. I’m so fortunate to be able to use technology to work with artists from all over the world.

Into The Impossible on Spotify

Click HERE and turn it up! 

The Fire Note Review:

Review by Brian Q. Newcomb

Review by Brian Q. Newcomb

Fire Note Says: 

San Antonio singer/songwriter with a half dozen albums of original LPs under his belt, offers up a tribute to Bob Dylan.  

Album Review: These days, San Antonio singer/songwriter and painter, Chris Taylor can be heard regularly around his hometown playing The Cove and other places where original music is till appreciated. Plus, he has over two-dozen releases available on his Bandcamp page, including records he made back in the mid 90’s with the band Love Coma. (Trivia note: Another member of that band, Matt Slocum went on to form the band Sixpence None the Richer with vocalist Leigh Nash, and produced that global megahit, “Kiss Me.”) While I can’t speak for many of those, his 2013 release, Travelers Hotel, made my “best of year” list, for his smart songwriting and lovely, smooth-as-silk singing voice, and I regularly revisit his 2014 album, Daylight, that I picked up when he played Columbus on a rare tour north, accompanying two of his musical heroes, the duo in Kerosene Halo.  

But this time out, Taylor has chosen to pay tribute to one of the more important songwriters, and musical influences of our lifetime, Bob Dylan. Now most Dylan fans have their own list of his best/most important songs, so I can’t imagine someone making a Dylan tribute album that didn’t include “Tangled Up In Blue,” “Every Grain of Sand,” or “Forever Young,” but obviously nobody wants to hear me sing, as it might provide the one occasion in recent years when someone said they would prefer to hear Dylan’s own ragged voice, which has not weathered these years of endless touring as successfully as his songwriting. So, on Down A Dead End Street, we hear Taylor’s pick of 9 songs from the massive catalog of Dylan, and benefit from his sweet vocal interpretations of these memorable works.  

The two opening tracks are among the strongest representations herein, “What Was It You Wanted,” from the 1989 album Oh Mercy, and “Things Have Changed,” which didn’t show up on a Dylan album before being added to the soundtrack of the movie “Wonder Boys,” which won him the Academy Award for best original song for 2000. Taylor’s intention is not to reinvent these finely written works, but to serve the song’s original poetry and melody in a respectful and meaningful way. While much of the record benefits from Taylor’s reverential nods to Dylan’s craft, it’s his own articulation supported by the spellbinding effect of Mitchell Connell’s lead guitars. “Man of Peace,” from ‘83’s Infidels, picks up the pace, and is the one song here that benefits from the presence of a live drummer, Anthony Gravely, while bassist Jeff Elbel adds his tones to the drum machine sounds that sustain the rest of the album.  

There’s two from Dylan’s controversial “Christian” period, which has just been memorialized with the recent release of Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series vol. 13/1979-1081. Taylor covers “Gotta Serve Somebody,” the airplay single from Slow Train Coming, and closes out the record with the less well-known, “Pressing On,” from Saved, both which benefit from the presence of a Gospel choir. But the remaining four selections speak to the breadth and depth of Dylan’s catalog, “Simple Twist of Fate,” “Ballad of Hollis Brown,” “Blind Willie McTell,” and “Man In the Long Black Coat,” and Taylor serves them up as if he’s the first one who discovered them, a benefit to a generation that perhaps has refused to taste the fruits of this genius.  

My suspicion is that Dylan fans who visit these recordings out of curiosity, will be intrigued enough to seek out Chris Taylor’s original songs, and from my experience it will be quite worth the effort.  

Key Tracks: “What Was It You Wanted” / “Thing Have Changed” / “Blind Willie McTell” 

Artists With Similar Fire: Bob Dylan / Kerosene Halo / Peter Case    

– Reviewed by Brian Q. Newcomb (Nov 2017)

Tom Petty Tribute Into The Great Wide Open 

Featuring: Chris Taylor, Ruben V, Michael Morales, Michael Martin, Matt McCormack, Jackson Parten, Jordan Sleed & Melissa Ludwig.

SUN, DECEMBER 3, 2017  at Sam's Burger Joint and Music Hall in San Antonio, TX

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm 

$15.00 - $45.00

Review of Down A Dead End Street from Ireland

28/10/2017 

CHRIS TAYLOR - DOWN A DEAD END STREET 

My friend Lesley hates anyone covering Bob Dylan songs. Now, she is from Northern Ireland and we are what we call thran, an Ulster Scots word that means we will stand firm, irrationally if need be. She grew up in a conservative Church so maybe that has helped her thranness! Whatever, she will not budge in her bigoted prejudice against anyone who dares sing Bob songs other than Bob! 

Now, there are rational reasons to not like covers of Dylan. Lesley’s evidence of Cliff Richard and The Nolans singing Blowing In The Windvia YouTube was a strong argument. Others have taken the attitude, punk and protest out of our Nobel prizewinning genius’s work for sure. 

You see there is something about the terrain of a Bob Dylan song. The road of his rhythms and preposterously brilliant rhymes is never the smooth surface of a German autobahn. There is unique eccentricity to his craft. A voice that is smooth, even if fantastically good, can glide over the nuanced bumps and gaps, losing the grit and grime of the poet’s earthy realities. Cliff and The Nolans can just never work! 

Chris Taylor really really works. Why I am setting this record up as one of the best ever Bob Dylan covers albums is because the voice and the artist that is Chris Taylor perfectly fits such an ambitious project. His voice has a strong rough hue that makes traction in Dylan’s quirks. That gives him the sensitivity to eek out the yearning and deep soul searching going on. 

He chooses fascinating songs too. The opening What Was It You Wanted hooks you in. Taylor allows you to get caught with the brawn of the conversation immediately. Things Have Changed - oh my! The psychedelic guitar rage of The Ballad of Hollis Brown - phew! Blind Willie McTell is ghostly. The Man In The Long Black Coat is chilling storytelling. Pressing On has the spiritual resilience of a pilgrim weary but keeping on. 

As a collection it is captivating. You cannot turn it off or skip tracks. Only nine songs and questions need asked about another volume but Chris Taylor has taken his favourite songs from his favourite songwriter and created the most artistically satisfying Dylan covers record that I have ever heard… and one of my records of the year! Lesley... only irrational thranness can keep you away!

Steve Stockman

Bob Dylan Tribute Album Now Available!

Down A Dead End Street (Tribute to Bob Dylan)

Chris Taylor

I've been a mega-fan of Bob Dylan since 1989. I came to his music late in the game but it was Oh Mercy that caught my attention and since then I've purchased just about everything he's released and have dozens of bootlegs and have heard studio session tapes from different albums throughout the years. I've been playing 2-3 hour shows of nothing but Bob Dylan songs... just as a whim. So it only seemed a natural next step to record them and release them to you. It was impossible to pick only 9 of my favorite Dylan songs, so I just started recording and these were the first 9 I finished. There are way too many songs I didn't choose, I figured they were best listened to by the master himself. Here are nine of my favorites & hopefully soon to be nine of your favorites too! If, for some reason you've never been a fan of Bob Dylan but like my music... don't miss this opportunity to see what I see in his music. It's just a glimpse but oh, what a picture he paints! Oh... in case you're wondering, the title of this album came from a song on his Down In The Groove album, Ninety Miles An Hour (Down a Dead End Street) written by: H. Blair and D. Robertson. It jumped out at me...

Check out this recent interview with myself and my favorite Irish Wiseman, Steve Stockman, all about the making of Down A Dead End Street:

https://stocki.typepad.com/soulsurmise/2017/10/living-in-the-songs-of-bob-dylan-chris-taylor-talks-to-soul-surmise-about-his-dylan-covers-record.html
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  2. 2 Things Have Changed 06:25 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Man Of Peace 06:28 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Simple Twist Of Fate 06:09 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Gotta Serve Somebody 05:02 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Ballad Of Hollis Brown 06:49 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Blind Willie McTell 05:06 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Man In The Long Black Coat 03:40 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Pressing On 04:30 Info Buy
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Pants On Fire: A Tribute To The Choir

The Choir

The Choir

Chris Taylor is contributing a track for the forthcoming tribute album to The Choir called "Pants On Fire: A Tribute To The Choir" due for a fall 2017 release. Taylor chose the track "Cross That River" off of The Choir's "Loudest Sound Ever Heard" album.

Exclusive My Tribe album... hot off the press!

Exclusive My Tribe album... hot off the press!

This exclusive My Tribe album was born from my involvement with a group of songwriter's across America. I have Abraham Partridge to thank for asking me to be a part of his group called "Nobody Gives A Damn About Songs Anymore".  

It's an Internet-based, deadline-driven songwriting motivation strategy.  
Each week we songwriter’s receive a prompt, a word, a phrase and we have 6 days to write and record a song using that prompt! It’s quite a thrill of desperation and we get to listen to each other’s songs, give feedback and encouragement. It’s a very cool thing to be a part of… and songs arrive that I never would have thought of writing on my own.  

Creatively, I decided to put down my guitar and pick up the keyboards, play percussion, create drum loops... a new sonic territory for these songs... But don't be fooled, there are vulnerable and deep lyrics within. 

Limits Of My Language https://christaylor.bandcamp.com/album/limits-of-my-language

released August 12, 2017 

Tribute to Bob Dylan "Down A Dead End Street"

Chris Taylor Music on Spotify...

Never Ending Now, Re:imag:ine and Daylight are all on Spotify! It's a bit confusing because there are several other Chris Taylor's making music. You can tell those three albums from Chris' vibrant artwork for those 3 small squares.  

For all you Spotifiers out there, you can now add some of OUR Chris Taylor's music to your playlists!

Here are the links...  

Never Ending Now:  
https://open.spotify.com/track/1zroIW5X9vjUTC2dKBEdoZ

Re:imag:ine  
https://open.spotify.com/track/49ySafoIumRrudxDdO70hC 

Daylight 
https://open.spotify.com/track/4t6QcyZX3OLj1WpVT8OF6E 

Thank you to Jeffrey Kotthoff (Lo-Fidelity) for making this happen! Tune in...

 

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If you are a fan... maybe even a super-fan of my music and artwork... I would love you to be a part of MY TRIBE! Most of you know, my back catalog can be found on Bandcamp but what you may not know is that I make some music exclusively available to My Tribe subscribers only. And I'm about to release some new songs each month... yes NEW SONGS... to My Tribe subscribers only! "What's different about these songs?" You might be asking... Well, You get to hear the working process as I write. The starting points, the rough lyrics, the first versions, the rough mixes, the first or second guitar solo ideas... Way before the songs are finished and released on a proper EP later this year. It's a peek into the Tower of Song... at least, my tiny tower of song, anyway. "So, how much to become a subscriber of My Tribe?" I'm so glad you asked! Only $20 a YEAR. Twenty bucks gets you instant albums from my back catalog, plus anything I release during the year... which - if you know me - is a lot of creative stuff. And remember, it takes a village to raise an artist but it takes an artist to inspire a village! 

 

Remember The 90's? Lost Songs ~ Hot Off The Press!

Love Coma ~ Lost Songs

Chris Taylor

Hey yawl,

As I sit here listening to these songs, I realize how long it has been since I last heard this music. I am doing my best to recall the finer details about the recording of these songs from 20 year ago or more. As I recall, this collection of songs is made up of 2 different sessions between The Waffle House Studio in New Braunfels and Edit Point Studio in San Antonio. If I remember correctly, Matt Slocum had not yet moved to Nashville or maybe he had come back to NB for a brief period of time and in that short stay we gathered to lay down the recording you hear now of the material we working on in an effort to release a new CD. Matt had rented out a small room on the second floor of a small office building right near downtown New Braunfels. I must have passed this building a million times en route to any number of venues I have played since that night we recorded in there. Matt also had me come in and play drums on a couple of songs for some other group that was recording some new material as well. He didn't stay in that space very long so I'm not sure how many bands recorded upstairs there, but I was on 2 of the projects during that time. I wish I could remember who those guys were. I don't think I ever got to hear the finished project.

I believe that the Waffle House session happened prior to our booking time at Edit Point and it was at this time that I was really trying to learn how to listen to the structure of the songs that Chris was writing and figuring out how to contribute musically. I wanted be taken seriously as a drummer and I don't think I had quite yet figured out that *rests* count as notes too. I'm a little zealous in some of my fill-ins and I hear my time waver a bit on some of these songs. I don't recall if we tracked with a *click* or not, but I've always been able to play with a click so I'm thinking maybe these were without a click. (Or maybe we did use a click and I wasn't as good as I thought I was. Ha!)

I'm going to offer my take on these songs in the order that you see them here. Seems this is how I remember (roughly) hearing them in song order on a long lost cassette or CD burn somewhere. These remembrances are somewhat selfish in that I recall my own individual parts and what I was thinking and feeling at the time and how I was trying to approach these songs. I'm happy to have these recordings see the light of day in some form but I'm also a little sad that we never were able to put out one more release. Love Coma sort of dissolved without any real resolution and it feels now like it was put on a shelf. Not in a bad way, but almost as if to store it away for a later time. I'd love to have had the opportunity to perform these songs live more than we did.

The memories I have of my years working with Chris Taylor are happy ones I will keep for a lifetime and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to have made the music we did together. We got to play some really fun shows and record some CDs and travel together meeting a lot of great folks and seeing a lot of fun together. I owe him a lot for allowing me to have a platform from which to launch my career. The same can be said of Matt Slocum for inviting to record on that first Sixpence CD. Nobody could have known the kind of success Sixpence would enjoy nor could I ever have imagined that those early experiences would help me to become the player I've grown into today. I'm not sure where these old recordings will wind up or who will hear them, but my hope is that whoever hears them will enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed making them. I hope that at some point in the future that Chris Taylor and I can collaborate on some level and maybe revisit Love Coma where we left off. I'd love for Mattingly to be a part of that journey and hopefully Matt Slocum could find the time to be involved as well. Curtis is still kicking about Central Texas too so I'm sure we could enlist him to be a part of this as well if we can ever find the time to all come together in a room to write and record. With any luck, maybe Mike Roe would also want to be a part of something fresh - I've not yet mentioned him and he was a big part of our band before we ever met him. His music shaped us in ways he will never know. Meeting him and working him and ultimately befriending him is something we are all glad to have experienced. He needs to be involved in some way too. Life happens and we all have jobs and families and responsibilities but the spark for creativity still burns in all of us. Keep your eyes peeled. We may surprise you sometime with some new music after having spent 2 decades apart.

Much love, amigos.

- Doddsy
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Chris Taylor on The Big Muse Podcast

Chris chats with author, musician & artist, Peter Himmelman on Episode 12 of The Big Muse podcast. Released Dec 8th, 2016

Chris chats with author, musician & artist, Peter Himmelman on Episode 12 of The Big Muse podcast. Released Dec 8th, 2016

Join My Tribe! Instantly get everything I make, and then some. Get all the new music I release, plus 30 items from my back-catalog, supporter-only specials, and exclusive access to my fan community. (Just click on the acoustic guitar above!)

Join My Tribe! Instantly get everything I make, and then some. Get all the new music I release, plus 30 items from my back-catalog, supporter-only specials, and exclusive access to my fan community. (Just click on the acoustic guitar above!)

A new version of "Ragamuffin Song" originally recorded for the album 'Daylight' has been created for the upcoming film about Brennan Manning. 

Here is the song and the official link to the movie: www.brennanmanningmovie.com

Chris Taylor: Acoustic 12-string guitar, vocals

Onel Jimenez: saxophone

Meredith Payne: background vocals

Mastered by Bruce Neher at Disc & Dat

(c) Chris Taylor Music 2016

 It's now available on DVD and Blueray

A new version of "Ragamuffin Song" originally recorded for the album 'Daylight' has been created for the upcoming film about Brennan Manning.

Here is the song and the official link to the movie: www.brennanmanningmovie.com

Chris Taylor: Acoustic 12-string guitar, vocals

Onel Jimenez: saxophone

Meredith Payne: background vocals

Mastered by Bruce Neher at Disc & Dat

(c) Chris Taylor Music 2016

It's now available on DVD and Blueray

Chris painted 2 murals in The Woodlands of Houston at Woodlands Methodist Church.

Chris painted 2 murals in The Woodlands of Houston at Woodlands Methodist Church.