Good Thing & Bright and Morning Star were released by Rhythm House Records in 1997 after having secured their rights from Word Records. The CD Single Contained both album and radio edits of each song, and was technically Chris' solo debut, although that honor is generally ascribed to Down Goes The Day, his first full-length solo CD. At the time, Chris penned the following journal:
"Youre driving through Nashville heading towards Salt Mine Studios and its rainy but you dont care cos youre working with Brent Bourgeois and youve admired his work since you did that air band with Baron& John at that 1980s youth camp. (the song was Bourgeois Taggs Mutual Surrender) and now youre singin this song you wrote a few months ago called Good Thing which is sorta country but not really and youre playin harmonica and singin maybe its a good, good thing and Brents diggin it and you dont know where its all going to end up but youre lovinit. So you throw in the line If you ask me where Im headed now well I dont have it within me but maybe thats a good thing.
Cos sometimes its better when you dont know. Even this simple little song called Bright and Morning Star comes out of the speakers like a sunrise and its kept simple but is very lushin its production. Matt Slocum is there playing that hooky little riff on his electric guitar. Brent Milligan, who played bass is now playingthis synth-gutiar thing that sounds like keyboard drops of light while AaronSmith is playing drums and this cool Peter Gabriel like percussion but its notvery high in the mix. You beg Brent tosing the Slidy BG vocal part and he does he multi-tracks himself singin all the harmonies and you get this on video while no one is looking. The maser of mix, Craig Hansen is manning the board, which is like another type of instrument altogether and makes it all sound sweet to the ears. In the end, I didnt choose to sign with Word Records so these two demos were left to sit on my shelf and gather dust until I decided to put them out in a limited edition two song cd single with two different editsof each song. Iaffectionatley called it the good thing single.
& MORNING STAR