A wonderful evening at Artichoke Music in SE Portland. I was honored to share the stage with such a talented group of musicians. From a banjo playing, singer/songwriter from California, to a husband and wife duo, to two guys from eastern Oregon, the evening was filled with music, stories and the warmth and charm that is Artichoke. Looking forward to more time with my Artichokian friends.
I’ll be doing a 30 minute set of original songs this Friday evening Oct. 11 at Artichoke Music in SE Portland, from 7:30-8pm. If you’re looking for a wonderful, relaxed evening of local music in a cozy environment, Artichoke is the place. Doors open at 7pm and there’s a $5 donation suggested.
Artichoke recently upgraded their sound system, so I’m looking forward to performing songs using the new system, on both guitar and keyboard this Friday evening. Would love to see some familiar faces in the crowd. Plus, stick around, you never know what you’ll hear at these coffeehouses.
As I often do during good weather, I will sit on my front porch, often with my guitar in hand, looking into the soul of my neighborhood. Because music draws people in, I have found myself engaged with many different people over the years as I strummed.
“My Neighborhood,” explores the confluence of community within the ordinary lives of extraordinary people within their own neighborhoods. You might see yourself, literally and figuratively, with this new video, which was filmed, edited and produced by my daughter, Aubrey.
What I like about this song is the surprise ending, lyrically.
Overcoming trauma and suffering is no easy task. For some, it can take a lifetime. But when you choose to walk down a road less traveled, and then reach out for some help, you are at your most vulnerable. Many won’t understand the road you are on. Though intentions may be sincere, the hurt caused by ignorance can run deep.
This song is about such a journey. It might be your own, or someone you know. May you find hope among the thistles and jagged edges, as you seek your own healing and wholeness. May others come beside you, to lift your own- “Stone of Grief.”
I love performing at in-house concerts. I love the intimacy, the interaction, the laid-back, relaxed nature of it all. It is a perfect receipt for a truly memorable evening for both performer and audience.
“With about 30 dear friends and guests gathered in our living room, Chris gave us two of the most wonderful hours of his music, his humor, and his incredible talent. We savored every minute.” Kathy Peterson, Coeur d’Alene, ID.
I’m booking house concerts for this fall, and would love to celebrate an evening of music and stories in your home. You can contact me here.
Enjoyed my time at Torta-Landia this past Tuesday evening. Hope to have a return engagement soon.
I’ll be at Torta-Landia in SE Portland this Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm. Got some new songs to share along with some of my favorite cover tunes, instrumentals and whatever else might come to mind. Stop on by. I’ll have some of my CDs of “In Those Days,” for sale for $10 bucks. Might be a good father’s day gift. Or this could be a special date night for you, too. No matter, come on by and sit a spell.
I am please to announce that I’ve signed with independent record label Grumpy Old Bear Artist’s Collective out of Seattle, WA. The label president Norm Bowler writes the following on the labels Facebook page:
“Grumpy Old Bear is pleased to announce the signing of Chris Taylor, a singer-songwriter from Portland, Oregon. Chris has chops not only as a performer, but as a radio on-air personality and voice-over talent. You’ve seen him on TV; you’ve heard him on the radio; now you can have him in your music player.
Chris has spent years perfecting his craft, and he brings it home on his full-length album “In Those Days.” It’s a classic smooth pop sound. I’ve heard the pre-release mixes, and I’m looking forward to sharing this album with you. Stay tuned for more news in the coming days.”
So here’s the album cover. The title track of the album is about the early life of my grandfather. The picture I am holding is of him in his WWI flying uniform. If you notice you will see some handwriting in the background. That is part of a letter my grandfather wrote to my parents back in early 1958. Pretty cool effect eh?