People have asked me if there was any band that I wish I had covered in my 2013 book on NC musicians. My answer is always the same: Hiss Golden Messenger. I really didn’t discover the work of M.C. Taylor until the summer of 2013, as I was finishing work on the book. Since then, Taylor and HGM have signed to Merge Records, and continued to produce a stream of songs that have made many listeners, including myself, want more.
Taylor and Hiss Golden Messenger currently tour in two configurations: with a full-band, or just Taylor with a few acoustic guitars. The latter took over the Double Door Inn on this night with songs of travel and exploration.
After gently chiding the audience to keep it quiet for his songs (or at the least, more gently than I’ve seen many others do), Taylor played song after song of where he’s been, what he’s seen, and where he hopes to go. With two albums in the offing, according to Taylor, there’s much more to see and hear in the months to come.
Come back, soon, Mr. Taylor, be it solo or otherwise. I’ve got another book to write.
See full gallery here.
See him on tour:
04/08/16 Tallahasse, FL Capital City Amplitheater w/ Dawes
04/09/16 Ponte Verda, FL Ponte Verda Concert Hall w/ Dawes
04/10/16 St. Petersburg, FL The State Theatre w/ Dawes
04/12/16 Orlando, FL The Beacham w/ Dawes
04/13/16 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen w/ Dawes
04/15/16 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ w/ Dawes
04/16/16 Houston, TX Warehouse Live w/ Dawes
04/17/16 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s w/ Dawes
04/19/16 Oxford, MS The Lyric Oxford w/ Dawes
04/20/16 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium w/ Dawesr
04/22/16 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre w/ Dawes
04/26/16 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall w/ Dawes
04/27/16 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre w/ Dawes
04/28/16 Bloomington, IN The Bluebird w/ Dawes
05/31/16 Fort Wayne, IN Embassy Theatre w/ Jason Isbell
06/01/16 Midland, MI Midland Center for the Arts w/ Jason Isbell
06/04/16 Akron, OH The Theater at East End w/ Jason Isbell
07/08/16 Mt. Solon, VA Red Wing Roots Music Festival Jul 8-10
Double Door Inn – (http://www.doubledoorinn.com/)
Hiss Golden Messenger – (https://www.mergerecords.com/hiss-golden-messenger)