On the eve of a solo European tour, Hiss Golden Messenger has shared a stand-alone digital single titled “Brother, Do You Know the Road?”, which Uncut called, "a stately, bluesy song with spiritual implications that takes its time to unravel."
Hiss Golden Messenger frontman M.C. Taylor on the song:
“Brother, Do You Know the Road?” was written quickly and recorded in one take in a house belonging to Joyce and Joel Martin in Oxford, NC. It was green early summer. Lots of insects humming in the mics. There is a refrain in this song that is important to me: “And though the storm’s passed over / And the sun is in its place / Oh, it took a long time / And the rain, how I know it.” This song has always been something of an orphan; it’s never found its way onto any full-length HGM album, although it frequently gets played at full-band performances. I like this song a lot.
Personnel on this recording are myself, Scott Hirsch (who also recorded and mixed the song), Terry Lonergan, Phil Cook, and Brad Cook.
“Brother, Do You Know the Road?” is available now for purchase digitally on iTunes. This song will not be available on Hiss Golden Messenger’s forthcoming full-length on Merge, but we’ll have news on that release soon enough. In the meantime, catch Hiss Golden Messenger in Europe and North America, dates below.
Hiss Golden Messenger on tour:
May 15 Dublin, IE – Whelan’s*
May 16 Glasgow, UK – Nice N Sleazy*
May 17 Hyde Park, UK – Brudenell Social Club*
May 18 Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen*
May 19 London, UK – The Borderline*
May 20 Falmouth. UK – Beerwolf Books*
May 22 Esch Sur Alzette, LU – Rockhal Café*
May 23 Leuven, BE – Stuk*
May 24 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? May Day*
May 30 Blackstock, SC – Blackstock Music Festival
Jun 01 Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival
Jul 09-13 Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
Jul 14 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Jul 18 Suffolk, UK – Latitude Festival
Jul 20 North Devon, UK – Somersault Festival