Hiss Golden Messenger

Tift Merritt
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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week we've got MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger telling us about why he loves 'Traveling Alone' by Tift Merritt - the title track from her 2012 record.

Here's a video of MC Taylor performing 'Traveling Alone' at the North Carolina Art Museum in 2017.

Merge Records

Durham's Hiss Golden Messenger is back with their 11th studio album 'Terms of Surrender.' It's an album that touches on dark topics in a hopeful and optimistic way, something principal member MC Taylor excels at. The album kicks off with the politically charged 'I Need A Teacher.' To create a video for the song, Taylor and director D.L.

A picture of Phil Cook
Josh Wool

Phil Cook likes to be busy. The Durham musician is a founding member of Megafaun and plays in Hiss Golden Messenger. He's also shared the stage with heroes Mavis Staples and John Prine. Now, Cook is releasing his second solo record.  

A picture of Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor
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Hallelujah Anyhow is the new record from Hiss Golden Messenger.  Its 10 songs help shine a light on what M.C. Taylor calls the dark clouds he's designed to see. 

Hiss Golden Messenger's album "Lateness of Dancers"
Merge Records

M.C. Taylor wasn't born in North Carolina, but he sure sounds like he was. 

The California native moved to the Tar Heel state about seven years ago to continue making music as Hiss Golden Messenger. 

The songs contain some of the basic ingredients of Appalachian music, but combine those elements in unpredictable ways, creating a sound that is both steeped in tradition and completely modern.

Taylor's new recording is called "Lateness of Dancers."  He plays an album release show at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro Saturday night.

Hiss Golden Messenger

Mar 9, 2012

Hiss Golden Messenger's music has been described as "mystical country" by David Bowie. Long a darling of the British rock press, the band is based in Durham, NC and is the brainchild of folklorist MC Taylor. Their latest album is called "Poor Moon.” Taylor joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to talk tunes and play some live.