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Silver Studio SessionsHiss Golden Messenger

Bearded man wearing a fedora looks off into the distance.

Hiss Golden Messenger singer and songwriter M.C. Taylor. Photo: Graham Tolbert

Led by singer/songwriter M.C. Taylor and multi-instrumentalist, Scott Hirsch, the Durham, North Carolina–based band has drawn comparisons to Bill Callahan and Bonnie Prince Billy, by deftly blending elements of country, folk, and sparse blues. Their songs are underpinned by the earnest lyrics of Taylor, who also lectures on folklore, and authors the blog “The Old Straight Track,” and has contributed to a music education curriculum for Quincy Jones.

Hiss Golden Messenger performs “Biloxi” and “Jenny of the Roses” at The Warhol in a gallery reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory studio.


Ben Harrison, Curator of Performing Arts and Special Projects
Production by Foothold Studios

About Silver Studio Sessions

Silver Studio Sessions is a video series that offers stripped-down sets from our Sound Series artists in spaces inspired by Andy Warhol. To watch more Silver Studio Sessions, visit our YouTube channel.

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