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Beautiful Intentional Communities With Hiss Golden Messenger on Southern Songs and Stories

Joe Kendrick
Hiss Golden Messenger

From Program Director and Southern Songs and Stories Producer Joe Kendrick:


"Hiss Golden Messenger founder MC Taylor and longtime band mate Phil Cook started working together within a day of meeting each other, and while Phil frequently leads his own band, he is also regularly on tour and on records with Hiss Golden Messenger, the band that Taylor founded in 2007. You’ll hear conversations with both of them along with new music from Phil Cook and from Hiss Golden Messenger, including a live version of a track from the new album Terms Of Surrender in this episode of Southern Songs and Stories"


  Songs heard in this episode:

“My Wing” by Hiss Golden Messenger - excerpt, from Terms Of Surrender

“Happy Birthday Baby" by Hiss Golden Messenger - excerpt, from Terms Of Surrender

“Hungry Mother Blues - Live At The Cave” by Phil Cook from As Far As I Can See

“Cat’s Eye Blue” - live 8-24-19 by Hiss Golden Messenger

“Southern Grammar” (live 8-22-19) by Hiss Golden Messenger

Thanks to Hiss Golden Messenger tour manager Luc Suèr for his invaluable help in coordinating my interview with MC Taylor and for sending the band’s live songs heard in this episode!

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Joe Kendrick grew up far off in the woods at in rural Stanfield, NC, where he acquired his first Sony Walkman, listened to both AM and FM radio from Charlotte, went to Nascar races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, attended a small Baptist church, read Rolling Stone, subscribed to cassette clubs, and played one very forgettable season of high school football. From there, Joe studied Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was able to fulfill his dream of being a disc jockey at WXYC. He volunteered at WNCW soon after graduation.