Hiss Golden Messenger to release series of live recordings

We’re big fans of HGM here at AUK so this is a nice little treat to see the month out. Paste report: “Taking a cue from the Grateful Dead’s legendary Dick’s Picks series, Hiss Golden Messenger are launching their own collection of live recordings. Affectionately dubbed “Parker’s Picks” after Warren Parker who joined the band on their fall tour of the U.S. to record the shows, the series kicked off today with the release of the band’s performance at The Parish in Austin on Oct. 18. 

Describing the genesis of the series, Parker explains in an email:

There really wasn’t any reason not to record, if anything the tapes were going to serve as a reference for the band. Archival recordings to document the various lineups on different tours. But the HGM live experience is totally different than the HGM we hear on their records, and the shows on this tour were really something special, so why not share that with everyone?

The band’s leader and mastermind, MC Taylor, has occasionally shared fan tapings of shows, but this marks the first official live release for Hiss Golden Messenger and the band are allowing fans to download the show for free, or pay what they want, via their Bandcamp page. “Giving it away for free just seemed right, especially for the first in the series. A nice kickdown to the fans,” says Parker.

You can download the album here, and see the artwork and tracklist for Parker’s Pick Vol. 1 below, along with a mini-essay penned by Parker in which he describes what made the Austin show stand out. Also, revisit Hiss Golden Messenger’s Paste Studio session, which they recorded when they came through NYC later on that same tour.

Parker’s Pick Vol. 1 Tracklist:

01. As The Crow Flies
02. Biloxi
03. Saturday’s Song
04. Mahogany Dread
05. Day O Day (Love So Free)
06. Tell Her I’m Just Dancing
07. Heart Like A Levee
08. Happy Day (Sister My Sister)
09. Like A Mirror Loves A Hammer
10. Drum /// I’ve Got A Name For The Newborn Child
11. Red Rose Nantahala
12. O Little Light
13. Say It Like You Mean It
14. Cracked Windshield
15. Lucia
16. MC Speaks
17. Southern Grammar
18. John The Gun
—ENCORE—
19. Brother, Do You Know The Road?

Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield is the long-suffering editor of Americana UK, conceiving the idea in a dark room in 2001, although he ran out of words to personally review anything in about 2007.

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