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 Americas 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 Ive
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 Campbells
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 Americas
roots. The band fuses bluegrass, country and folk into a recording
that can be illustrated as a contemporary of Glen Campbell-bred from
country musics loam.
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