Hiss Golden Messenger (Solo)
Describing the Durham-based Hiss Golden Messenger is like trying to grasp a forgotten word: Its always on the tip of your tongue, but hard to speak. Songwriter and bandleader M.C. Taylors music is at once familiar, yet impossible to categorize: Elements from the American songbookthe steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the eerie steel guitar tracings, the bobbing and weaving organ and electric pianoprovide the bedrock for Taylors existential ruminations about parenthood, joy, hope, and lonelinessour delicate, tightrope balance of dark and lightthat offer fully engaged contemporary commentary on the present. And then theres an indescribable spirit and movement: Hiss Golden Messengers music grooves. Theres nothing else quite like it.
For over ten years, Taylor has spearheaded this prolific, perpetually evolving group. Hes toured and recorded relentlessly, earning devotees along the roads, deep in festival pits, and across the seas, delivering earnest performances that morph from jammy freakout to private prayer in a matter of measures.
The work that I do requires me to be in a certain emotional place, says Taylor. My music depends first and foremost on being in a heightened emotional state and putting my vulnerability on display.
Black Swan Theatre (View)
110 E Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|