Hiss Golden Messenger is Durham, North Carolina-based songwriter M.C. Taylor and multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch. The pair previously recorded as the Court and Spark but since 2009 the duo—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. 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 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 will release HGM’s eagerly anticipated full-length follow up to Poor Moon, the remarkable Haw (PoB-06).
From a very young age Nashville guitarist William Tyler has been as much prized for his dexterity & subtlety as he has been for his ability to coax wilder passions from his guitar, see: his long-term role in Lambchop and his touring role as part of the now-layin’-low Silver Jews. And yet the vital, incandescently beautiful solo guitar record he released in 2010, ‘Behold the Spirit’ was a revelation, Pitchfork called it “arguably the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more.” With his forthcoming 2013 release on Merge, ‘Impossible Truth’, he has cracked open another beautiful world for guitar-heads to immerse themselves, a joyous ecstatic recording flecked with pedal steel and brass, recorded by Lambchop colleage Mark Nevers. Impossible Truth will challenge your ideas of what an instrumental guitar record can and should be. As touring buddy Michael Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger puts it “He’ll take you over the stiles, he’ll love you up and down, and then he’ll make you cry for the world and what we’ve done to it. Willy T’s got the vampire blues. And there’s only one like him.”
Whelanslive.com presents a double headliner feat. Hiss Golden Messenger William Tyler Upstairs in Whelan’s 8pm, Wednesday 8th May
Tickets are €10 from WAV Tickets at 1890 200078, or you could send an email with WTHGMTICKETSPLEASE as its subject to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on May 6th and see if you win a pair. It’s completely up to you…