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Willie French Lowery and Plant and See featured on NPR's Weekend Edition.

Willie French Lowery and Plant and See featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Today NPR’s Weekend Edition aired a remembrance and appreciation of Lumbee Indian musician and activist Willie French Lowery, with whom we worked closely to reissue Plant and See, the sole album released by his eponymous band and his first full-length recorded work. Willie passed away in early May.

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PLANT AND SEE – on the street and in Love Valley.

Today is the official release date for Plant and See! Pick up your copy here or from your favorite discerning local record shop. If you’re in the area(s), please join us at one of our release party events, featuring the Paradise of Bachelors Soundsystem and DJ pals.

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Hiss Golden Messenger Working on New Album.

Hiss Golden Messenger Working on New Album.

M.C. Taylor reveals some surprising inspirations in an eloquent “Writer of the Week” interview in American Songwriter magazine: “I write songs for my son and my wife and friends, and for what portions there are of my faith. I keep a Bible close at hand; it’s an important book full of lessons and folly and jokes. I look for strong melodic inspiration everywhere; I hear it most in contemporary pop music on the radio when I’m driving. We, as crafters of melody, should be listening to more Rick Ross and Katy Perry.”

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Plant and See in the Oxford American.

The OA’s Walker Beauchamp writes that “Plant and See is a fitting tribute to a man who served as a cultural ambassador for his community for decades and wholly embodied the melting pot that is the South.” We wholeheartedly agree!

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Plant and See in Field and Stream.

Plant and See in Field and Stream.

Plant and See is now streaming for a limited time only. Please join us at one of our three release parties in Carrboro, NC; Pembroke, NC; and Philadelphia, PA.

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Paradise, Poor Moon, Pitchfork, @PofBachelors.

Paradise, Poor Moon, Pitchfork, @PofBachelors.

It’s almost May Day, with Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day hot on the heels of love, so if you’ve got a barge or dock, and you’re like Merle Haggard, you should consider making a record on that barge or dock while floating around Lake Shasta, as documented in this timeless photo. For obvious reasons, that picture is an avowed favorite of Hiss Golden Messenger chief M.C. Taylor, whose Poor Moon LP continues to garner a lot of attention and critical acclaim.

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Poor Moon: New Moon.

Poor Moon: New Moon.

Spring is finally showering North Carolina with redbuds, jasmine blossoms, and pawpaw sprouts, and folks are out on their porches. So what a happy coincidence that the second vinyl edition of Hiss Golden Messenger’s Poor Moon is now available for purchase. (The first pressing is now completely, indubitably sold out.)

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More Moon.

More Moon.

We have been able to free up a handful of copies of the first pressing of Hiss Golden Messenger’s critically acclaimed Poor Moon LP. This is your last chance to own the original, hand-numbered edition with tip-on sleeves. Email us if you’re interested. Look for a second vinyl edition this spring, as well as a CD reissue on the fine Tompkins Square label, available in April.

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Poor Moon in the New Year.

Poor Moon in the New Year.

Happy New Year, folks. Thanks to Stephen Deusner for including Poor Moon among his “Most Underrated Albums of 2011” list on Salon.com. Says he: “Poor Moon represents a personal, very expansive view of America and Americana music, alternately recalling Dylan, Hank Williams and any back-porch pickup band, yet the superlatively breezy country-rock vibe conceals bleak implications about morality, fatherhood, and country. Taylor sees a darkness, and to his considerable credit, he never flinches.”

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Hiss Golden Messenger: Poor Moon Praise and Press Round-Up.

Hiss Golden Messenger: Poor Moon Praise and Press Round-Up.

The past few weeks have brought a rush of recognition for Hiss Golden Messenger, Poor Moon, and Paradise of Bachelors, for which we’re grateful and humbled. In the wake of the epic release party concert (see the previous post for photos; stay tuned here for recordings), below is our accounting of the recent slew of very positive views, reviews, and interviews.

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Talkin' Turkey with Bright Phoebus.

Talkin’ Turkey with Bright Phoebus.

Happy Thanksgiving! The Bachelors would like to share some holiday cheer with Hiss Golden Messenger fans. First, please consider taking a few minutes to read this righteous, and heavy duty, profile of Hiss Golden Messenger in the Independent Weekly, which plumbs the spiritual and paternal perspectives articulated in Poor Moon and spares some kind words for yours truly at PoB as well.

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Moon Landing.

Moon Landing.

Interview Magazine–as in Andy Warhol’s Crystal Ball of Pop–has just published an interview with M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger about songwriting, his new Poor Moon album, and what it means to be a professional folklorist.

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