Hiss Golden Messenger is a folk country band from Durham, North Carolina, led by MC Taylor. The mainstays of Hiss Golden Messenger are M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch, formerly of Ex-Ignota and The Court & Spark. Hiss Golden Messenger stretches out into the improv-rock territory of Traffic and the Grateful Dead and beyond. They signed with Merge Records in 2014.
Major releases include Country Hai East Cotton (2009), Bad Debt (2010), Poor Moon (2011), Lord I Love the Rain (2012), Haw (2013), Lateness of Dancers (2014), and Heart Like a Levee (2016). Their second album in 12 months, Hallelujah Anyhow, was released in September 2017. Most are available through MC Taylor's own recording company, the Heaven & Earth Magic Shop.