Photo by Mary Koenig.

Photo by Mary Koenig.

Daylight Savings is nearly upon us, and before we lose a valuable hour of sleep and gain some valuable sunshine, we have some timely announcements and images to share.

Hiss Golden Messenger

M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger will be at South By Southwest this year, following his nose and our pal Austin Aaron’s suggestions to the most delicious tacos in Central Texas. He will also be playing some music in his solo incarnation. Stop by and say “Selah!”

Thursday, March 14th

5:00 PM: Panache Flatstock Stage :: Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4 (north side of building, closest to 4th Street), 500 Cesar Chavez :: Other acts include Chris Cohen and William Tyler. More information HERE.

9:50 PM: Tompkins Square Showcase :: St. David’s Bethell Hall, 301 East 8th Street :: Other acts include Harry Taussig, Alice Gerrard, Daniel Bachman and Luther Dickinson. More information HERE. **This Tompkins gig is the only official SXSW HGM performance, so you’ll need a pass or wristband or however they do it to get in.

Friday, March 15th

1:45 PM: 13th Annual Dog Fish Head & Blurt Magazine Event :: The Ginger Man, 201 Lavaca Street :: Other acts include Freedy Johnston, The Besnard Lakes. More information HERE.

7:40 PM: South By Sapporo: The Treehouse Diddly :: The Roof Deck at Cheers Shot Bar, 416 E 6th Street :: Other acts include Johnny Corndawg, The Mother Hips. More information HERE.


HGM played some shows with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah, and Phil Cook of Megafaun recently. Check out some great footage of solo versions of two tunes from their upcoming record Haw, “Busted Note” and “Red Rose Nantahala”:

And here’s a solo performance of “Sufferer (Love My Conqueror)” recorded at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC:

Another excellent Haw tune, “I’ve Got a Name for the Newborn Child,” is included on the covermount CD of the April issue of Uncut magazine, among excellent company (including the aforementioned Mount Moriah.) Here are the track notes:


If  you haven’t yet pre-ordered Haw, you can do so here; be sure to take advantage of a discount when you buy multiple items from the Shop by entering the coupon code “Haw.” Only a few weeks of pre-orders remain, and we will start shipping about ten days in advance of the April 2 street date. If you missed it the first time, here’s a video teaser for the album starring actor and playwright Mike Wiley:

We suggest you click here to read a fascinating Hiss Golden Messenger interview with fellow seeker James Jackson Toth of Wooden Wand–posted on Aquarium Drunkard–which touches on, among other things, their shared hardcore pasts, ’90s hip-hop, the witchcraft of songwriting, rom-coms, and um, Matthew McConaughey…

Finally, our friends at 3 Lobed have announced their Record Store Day 2013 offering: the s/t LP by Golden Gunn, a slinky/sneaky Hiss Golden Messenger/Steve Gunn collaboration featuring contributions from Terry Lonergan, Phil Cook, Nora Rogers, and others. Dig the deep J.J. Cale vibes and Dickie Silk mythos. Click here for an interview and streaming track courtesy of Shuffle Magazine.

And, if you’re interested in booking Hiss Golden Messenger, contact Ground Control Touring.

Promised Land

Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Nashville’s Promised Land will likewise be in Austin next week–and elsewhere throughout the South and Midwest thereafter–so try to catch them if you can. Buy those boys a taco. They’re in the studio now–Nashville’s Bomb Shelter–recording their debut full-length album for PoB with producers William Tyler (check out this killer teaser for his upcoming record) and Jem Cohen.

SXSW, March:

13 – Third Man Record Truck at Weather Up lot
15 – Jeffery Drag Showcase
16 – Serpents and Snakes/All Saints/ Clash Mag Showcase

4-Carbondale @ Skihouse w/ Water Liars
5-Chicago @ Tonic Room
6-Milwaukee @ Cactus Club w/ Natural Child Family Band
7-Madison TBA
8-Des Moines @ Vaudeville Mews w/ Bo and The Locomotive
9-Springfield TBA
10-Nashville TBA
13-Mobile @ South Sounds Fest
15-New Orleans TBA
16-Birmingham TBA