@Home is a Facebook page I created to share some online sources of music, art, humor etc that we would not normally have time to enjoy.
Well, we have time to enjoy now and enjoy we shall.
One of the most prolific and perhaps also one of the most under-rated Americana bands.
Led by MC Taylor, Hiss Golden Messenger has a sound that is both familiar and original at the same time.
Taylor writes songs of spirituality and hope but he is also the King of Hooks!
Indeed, their album of ‘out-takes’ (Virgin Fool) is better than most full albums by any other band.
Hiss Golden Messenger have released a new live album that they recorded at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina last year. And, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the band is donating all proceeds from the album to North Carolina’s Durham Public Schools Foundation.
A press release explains that Hiss Golden Messenger leader M.C. Taylor taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after graduating from the college. In addition, it states that his wife Abby is an ESL teacher in Durham and that their children are enrolled in Durham Public Schools. “It’s my duty as a dad of students and the spouse of a teacher to give what I can,” Taylor said.
Robbie Robertson is a songwriter and guitarist who redefined American music with The Band, redefined what a concert film could be with The Last Waltz, and redefined movie soundtracks via his scoring of critical Martin Scorsese films like Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, and, most recently, The Irishman.
To celebrate the release of the new documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, Robbie sat down for an incredible Talkhouse conversation with an artist at Americana’s vanguard, M.C. Taylor, AKA Hiss Golden Messenger.
The guys chop it up on some truly incredible stories, including (but by no means limited to!) Robbie’s touring with Bob Dylan, working with Martin Scorsese, and corresponding with the brilliant classical composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Their talk also takes in the meaning and process of songwriting, Levon Helm absolutely hating country music, and Robbie’s “incredible jukebox in the sky.”
Check it out, and subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast, including upcoming episodes with authors George Saunders and Dana Spiotta, filmmakers Olivier Assayas and Kelly Reichardt, and musicians A.C. Newman (The New Pornographers) and Post Animal.
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Hiss Golden Messenger review – songwriter is an anchor in a rudderless world
Playing solo and acoustic, MC Taylor delves into his sizeable back catalogue to deliver redemptive ‘sad folk songs’
The Existential Country-Soul Quest of Hiss Golden Messenger
For years, M.C. Taylor has been tackling the big questions with his steadily evolving folk collective. Now, the father of two is thinking harder than ever about love and death