Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger is Durham, North Carolina-based songwriter M.C. Taylor and multi-instrumentalist and recordist Scott Hirsch, who lives in Brooklyn, New York. The pair has been making music together for twenty years in various incarnations, including six records with the San Francisco band the Court and Spark.

Since 2009, Taylor and Hirsch—in collaboration with longtime drummer Terry Lonergan, Nashville guitarist William Tyler, and members of Megafaun, the Black Twig Pickers, Pelt, D. Charles Speer & the Helix, Brightblack Morning Light—have released a string of universally acclaimed albums as Hiss Golden Messenger:Country Hai East Cotton (2009), Root Work(2010), Bad Debt (2010, soon to be reissued by Paradise of Bachelors), Poor Moon (PoB-02, 2011), Hiss Golden Messenger Plays Elephant Micah Plays Hiss Golden Messenger (PoB-04, 2012) and Lord I Love the Rain (2012).
Drawing from the deep well of traditional and vernacular Southern song that Taylor has explored and documented as a practicing folklorist, as well as the more alchemical strains of 1970’s country-rock, dub music, and kosmische music, “like Van Morrison circa Astral Weeks, Hiss Golden Messenger confounds traditional-music genre expectations” (according to The Huffington Post.) Distinguished by their fascinatingly ambiguous conjuring of spiritual–and often specifically Biblical–concerns and characters, as well as a taut lyricism informed by writers as disparate as Ronnie Lane and Lew Welch, Taylor’s unabashedly ardent songs rank among the most exquisitely crafted and eloquent of his generation.
Their 2011 LP Poor Moon (PoB-02) has been hailed as a masterful and moving country-soul statement on faith and family by Pitchfork, Uncut, Salon, and many others, leading to profiles of Taylor by NPR, The Oxford American, and Interview Magazine. In April of 2013 Paradise of Bachelors released HGM’s eagerly anticipated full-length follow up to Poor Moon, the remarkable Haw (PoB-06).

Meg Baird

Meg Baird (Drag City, Wichita) is a recording artist, singer, songwriter and finger-style guitarist.

She’s best known for the abstract emotional depth of her original compositions, and her skillful reinterpretation of lost gems from the deep reaches of neglected back catalogs. Baird has collaborated with and contributed to works by artists including Will Oldham, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Glenn Jones and--most notably, as a founding member of the dark pastoral psychedelic folk combo Espers.

She also writes and records with her sister Laura Baird.

Formerly under the pseudonym of "Venus Infers", Davis wrote and released over 35 original songs. He has performed throughout America, touring with artists like Peter Murphy, Blondie, The B-52s, The Airborne Toxic Event, Local Natives, Chris Cornell, and at the SXSW Festival in 2010.

His original music has been featured on MTV, FX, Sky Network, and in various independent films. Four of his songs have had consistent airplay on LA's KROQ FM. Many other tracks have been featured on college radio stations across the U.S. and overseas. Davis starred in an episode of MTV's The Buried Life, where he performed live on television. Independently, Davis has sold over 12,000 downloads and over 5,000 records. Davis has been additionally featured in many notable publications including Spin Magazine and The Los Angeles Times, as well as popular music blogs.

Davis performs acoustically, or with his full backing band. Each of his songs comes to life in a unique way through his live shows.

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Hiss Golden Messenger with Meg Baird, Davis Fetter

Saturday, September 7 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Bootleg Bar

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