Chagall Guevara

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Chagall Guevara
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
GenresRock, alternative rock
Years active1989–1993, 2020
MembersSteve Taylor
Dave Perkins
Lynn Nichols
Wade Jaynes
Mike Mead

Chagall Guevara is an American rock band formed in 1989 by solo artist Steve Taylor, guitarists Dave Perkins and Lynn Nichols (from the 1970s Phil Keaggy band), bassist Wade Jaynes, and drummer Mike Mead.

The band was named after Communist revolutionary Che Guevara and painter Marc Chagall to imply the meaning "revolutionary art". All of the band members had histories within the Christian music industry, but the band was an effort to depart from the CCM industry. Despite this, the band still performed at the exclusively Christian music festival Cornerstone, and had their music (albeit against their wishes) distributed through Christian bookstores. The group formed in 1989 and broke up in early 1993.

A Kickstarter drive appeared in August 2020 to release unavailable live and studio material, as well as two new songs.[1]


The band was originally formed by Taylor, Nichols, Perkins, Mead and Daniel Amos bassist, Tim Chandler - although Chandler quit during rehearsals [2] and was later replaced by Rick Cua who played bass on the band's first recorded track, "'Tale O' The Twister'" and later, Wade Jaynes who recorded with the band for their first album.

The band first appeared on the soundtrack to the motion picture Pump Up the Volume with a song called '"Tale O' The Twister". The band's only album, the self-titled Chagall Guevara, was released on MCA Records in 1991. The band's only music video, for the song "Violent Blue", received a few plays on MTV.[citation needed]

Several CD and LP singles were released off the album, including a UK release of "Violent Blue" with an unreleased B-side track titled "Still Know Your Number By Heart". Several songs from the band's 1991 performance at the Greenbelt Festival in England appeared on the official video "Four Days in Summer."[citation needed]

Work on a second album began, but the group broke up while attempting to be released from their contract with MCA Records.[3] Several tracks for the second album were recorded, including "Halcyon Days" and "A Bullet's Worth A Thousand Words". These songs, along with a November 15, 1991 concert recording, remained unreleased.[4]

In 1994, a track titled "Treasure of the Broken Land" appeared on the Mark Heard tribute album Strong Hand of Love and the Orphans of God double-CD, which were sold mainly through Christian bookstores and similar outlets. The band reunited again in Nashville at a private industry party in October, 2005.[3]

In November 2014 the band partially reunited (with John Mark Painter standing in for Wade Jaynes on bass) at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville at the end of a set by Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil.[5]

On August 1, 2020, a live Kickstarter appeared to release the band's November 15, 1991 concert, entitled The Last Amen. The album would also be accompanied by a collection entitled Halcyon Days, to include rare and previously unreleased studio material as well as three new recordings.[6]



  1. ^ "Chagall Guevara: The Last Amen". Kickstarter. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  2. ^ DanielAmoscom Daniel Amos Timeline 1989 DanielAmoscom retrieved 2019-5-21
  3. ^ a b "Steve Taylor Interview".
  4. ^ Caviness, Brad (July–August 1998). "Steve Taylor". 7ball (19): 36–37. ISSN 1082-3980.
  5. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Chagall Guevara". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 152. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
  6. ^ "Chagall Guevara: The Last Amen". Kickstarter. Retrieved August 1, 2020.

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