On Tuesday, April 2, Chaz from Bull City Records in Durham, North Carolina was kind enough to host a record release party for Hiss Golden Messenger’s Haw. It was a beautiful and warm spring day, and the crowd spilled out onto the street. M.C. Taylor was joined on stage by HGM drummer Terry Lonergan, Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun on organ, guitary, and bass, his brother and sister-in-law on trumpet and French horn, and his four year-old son Elijah on tiny guitar and backup vocals. See below for some visual and audio evidence of the day’s proceedings, and check here for Grayson Currin’s coverage of the event (and some pro photos) for the Independent Weekly.

There was some serious conjuration happening in this extended version of “Cheerwine Easter.” At the top, Taylor asked whether Jefferson Currie, the song’s muse, was present; he wasn’t, but immediately after the question, Jefferson texted PoB (rather dangerously) that he was on the highway hustling to make it to Durham in time. Dig Graham Taylor’s trumpet solo on this one… beautiful. Listen to a stream below.

Featuring:

M.C. Taylor: guitar, vocals
Phil Cook: organ
Brad Cook: bass
Terry Lonergan: drums
Graham Taylor: trumpet

If you haven’t yet ordered the record–which is already receiving an avalanche of rave reviews–you can do so here. Thanks for your support!