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Paradise Of Bachelors
Hiss Golden Messenger
(self-released)
www.paradiseofbachelors.com


Applying a palette of smoky bluegrass and country folk, Paradise Of Bachelors make music that melds spiritual-tinged blues with a country pop pathos on their new CD Hiss Golden Messenger. Produced by band members M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch, Hiss Golden Messenger combines string instruments with keyboards and saxophone to make music that is steeped in America’s roots.

Lead vocalist, guitarist and mandolin player M.C. Taylor adds a gritty texture to the tracks. Accompanied by Scott Hirsch on electric and bass guitars, Larry Lonergan on drums and percussion, Nathan Bowles on banjo, Phil Cook on acoustic piano, Rhodes and Wurlitzer, Bobby Crow on saxophone, Matt Cunitz on Hammond organ, Sonia Turner on background vocals, and William Tyler on Telecaster guitar, Taylor leads the group into a cotillion of country pop frolics and serenades with rustic coloring and twangy hooks ambling to a folksy swagger.

Snaking strings coil around “Sufferer (Love My Conqueror)” arching a spiritual pulse and nestle a comfy country rhythm in “What Should Be (Shall Be Enough)”. The country folk grooves of “I’ve Got A Name For The Newborn Child” are modulated to a smoky bluegrass pumping in “Devotion”. The foot tapping beats of “The Serpent Is Kind” are curdled in ruffled banjo riffs and the strolling rhythm of “Sweet As John Hurt” recalls Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman.” “Hark Maker (Glory Rag)” whips up a hootenanny romp with a jig-style rhythmic pattern and then decelerates to a bluesy waddle in “Dusted Note” funneled in sleepy vocals.

Paradise Of Bachelors bravely explore music anchored in America’s roots. The band fuses bluegrass, country and folk into a recording that can be illustrated as a contemporary of Glen Campbell-bred from country music’s loam.

-Susan Frances

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