"Modern rock with moody instrumentation and deeply personal lyrics." -- YAHOO MUSIC

Few artists combine the passion and fervor of street preacher with lyrical insight of a poet. Chris Taylor is s storyteller and his unabashed transparency about his own condition makes us twinge with shame and yet draws us closer in. This drawing in comes from his unique ability to slip these prophetic gems into the mix in the middle of a pop anthem or a folk ditty that slips off the tongue and into the heart. Following on the heels of his critically acclaimed award wining recording Down Goes the Day, Taylor offers up what may well be his musical defining moment.

official album title: Chris Taylor's Worthless Pursuit of Things on the Earth
street date: April 19, 2000
label/dist: Rhythm House / Diamante
produced by : Rick Elias, Mark Robertson
recorded in : Nashville, TN
CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK.
01. WORTHLESS PURSUIT (Radio Single)
02. ACCIDENTAL CHARM
03. WONDERFUL THING
04. HOLE IN MY HEAD
05. BLEEDING HEARTS CLUB
06. SECRET OF THE UNIVERSE (Radio Single)
07. THIRTY THREE
08. THE RIVER
09. SAD DAY IN HEAVEN
10. HIGHER GROUND (Radio Single)
11. BONUS TRACK: WORTHLESS PURSUIT (ROCK MIX)

AWARDS, HONORS:

Chris Taylor and his Worthless Pursuit of Things of the Earth CD has been nominated for Best Rock Record in the 32nd Annual Dove Awards. The other nominees include Petra, Guardian, Tree 63, and The Supertones. Nice company to be in. Chris Taylor said he was "humbled, flattered, and excited", and that he was "honored to be part of the event and to be nominated with the other artists." Following the two hits to CCM Rock Radio "Secret of the Universe" and "Worthless Pursuit", Taylor brings "Higher Ground" which also features Kevin Max (dctalk/Forefront) on a rousing Hallelujah Chorus. In 1998, Chris’ debut solo record Down Goes The Day was also nominated for a Dove Award in the package design category. John J Thompson of True Tunes stated, "I was also thrilled to see long time indie stalwart Chris Taylor getting some recognition for his amazing Worthless Pursuit Of The Things Of The Earth record. All told this is by far the most respectable batch of Dove nominees in the history of the awards."

The package design for Worthless Pursuit of Things of the Earth CD was accepted into the Creativity 30 design annual (ISBN 0-06-018613-5)

WORTHLESS PURSUIT LINKS:

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Distributed by Diamante Records
Worthless Pursuit of Things of the Earth
Product Number: RHD-3805
UPC Code:6-34387-38052-5

Full of radio friendly rock and folk, Worthless Pursuit stands poised to capture CHR and Rock radio. Secret comes out of the shoot rocking with a vengeance (remember Chris's early Love Coma days?) but then settles into a delightfully friendly postcard from the strange and beautiful world of Chris Taylor. With Rick Elias and Mark Robertson of Ragamuffin fame at the production helm, this recording captures 30 years of the rock and roll legacy with such loving care that literally no one is left out of the musical equation.

There is something here for everyone. From the gritty solid drumming of Aaron Smith (Charlie Peacock, 77's, Rick Elias, Ragamuffins) to the celestial ambient guitar work of Jimmy Abegg (Vector, Charlie Peacock) and the amazing guitar and keyboard work of Rick Elias, Worthless Pursuit truly captures Chris's brokeness, tenderness, reckless abandon, and pure sense of fun. Mark Robertson (Ragamuffins, This Train, Under Midnight) co-produced the recording with Rick Elias and the results are musically extraordinary.

Following in the steps of many in the post-Americana, roots movement, Worthless Pursuit paints songs with such a wide colorful palette that emotions run wide and deep in the release. But in the end, it is the story of a young man caught in the delightfully confusing modern world where faith and humanity often collide. This collision is more than memorable, it is prophetic. Those words must be used sparingly but in this case they apply.
(overview reprinted from Rhythm House)

Accidental Charm
Often referred to as a “twisted love song” by Taylor in concert. He usually does this solo on the acoustic guitar, bringing out the lyric of the song more clearly. However, it’s quite heavy gospel in the bridge with Sarah Hoover singing the Taylor penned lines: “angels and devils fight in the air… if anything happens, it happens up there… these things unseen they compete for a piece of me… but will I have the eyes to see?” The song starts off innocently enough about a woman bringing a fresh spirit into this character’s life… then, of course… gets twisted.

Bleeding Hearts Club
Another one of Taylor’s songs that gets misunderstood or simply scares people! It’s very Beck/Dylan in nature… a silly little story about a guy looking for something to do on a hot wild night. He finds a ticket stub to this crazy club he thinks is gonna ease his weary, troubled mind… along the way he meets some interesting characters… Video Mac, Ms. Boom-Chaka-Boom, this big ol’ bouncer… only to wind up at the door of the club without his ticket stub! He lost it along the way… it’s about how we think something’s gonna fill us up but it just doesn’t. we’re left wanting even more…

 


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