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Hiss Golden Messenger On Mountain Stage

Hiss Golden Messenger performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser
Mountain Stage
Hiss Golden Messenger performs on Mountain Stage.

Based in Durham, N.C., Hiss Golden Messenger is the band from singer-songwriter and guitarist M.C. Taylor. Host Larry Groce describes the band as a perfect artist for the program since its sound incorporates various styles of music, all of which you'll hear in the band's second appearance on Mountain Stage.

Taylor is accompanied by Phil Cook on guitar, harmonica and piano, Michael Libramento on bass, J.T. Bates on drums and Josh Kaufman on guitar. The band runs through a set of songs from throughout its prolific career, beginning with "Red Rose Nantahala" from its 2013 album Haw, and three songs from the band's 2017 Merge Records release Hallelujah Anyhow. The band close with a new song, "Happy Birthday," dedicated to Taylor's youngest child.

"I told my daughter I would write a song for her birthday," he says, "And because she's five and she likes solid shapes, her song is called 'Happy Birthday.'" Listen to hear how she liked it.

Hiss Golden Messenger has tour dates planned through the end of this year, including a date in Nashville opening for John Prine. On Nov. 2, Merge Records will release Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children, a limited-edition deluxe box set which includes remastered reissues of the early albums Bad Debt, Poor Moon, and Haw as well as Virgo Fool, a rarities compilation released exclusively through this collection.


  • "Red Rose Nantahala"
  • "I Am the Song"
  • "Caledonia, My Love"
  • "Gulfport You've Been On My Mind"
  • "Happy Birthday"
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    Adam is a native of Greenbrier County and graduated from Radford University in 2005 with a degree in Music Business and minor in Media Studies. After completing an internship with Mountain Stage, he was hired as Assistant Producer in October 2005. He became Executive Producer when his predecessor and co-founder Andy Ridenour retired in August 2011.