Early into Hiss Golden Messenger's set at Saturn Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama on February 7th, M.C. Taylor decided to play a protest song. His reasoning was that even though he was there to uplift the audience, it was still important to play a song of that nature.
The audience agreed and gave their undivided attention while Taylor played. That particular cut, along with the remainder of the set, was a much needed thing for many in the audience. Hiss Golden Messenger's fusion of folk, pop, and neo-country provided a wonderful auditory experience for those in attendance.
It was also a needed show for me, on a personal level, as it was the first concert I photographed since late January. I had been on a bit of a lull before this performance so I was glad to get out of the house and document the show Taylor, the rest of his band, and opener Phil Cook gave to the Magic City.
I enjoyed the moody and laid back atmosphere of the show. It was a no frills performance in terms of production, but Taylor exhibited great emotion and connection throughout his time on stage.
If you are in Birmingham and missed this performance, don't fret. Hiss Golden Messenger was recently announced as being part of Sloss Fest, which will take place in Birmingham in July. That set should be one of the can't miss shows that particular weekend.
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