Daily Distraction: Wake up to Hiss Golden Messenger before the band's Express Live shows

M.C. Taylor and Co. visited 'CBS This Morning' for a live session that pairs well with your a.m. coffee; the band opens two Caamp concerts this weekend

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger

“What I’m striving for is to be making work that conveys some kind of truth about myself to myself. I’m trying not to lie to myself," M.C. Taylor told Alive back in 2019. The Durham, North Carolina, songwriter has continued to pursue that path in the last two years with his band Hiss Golden Messenger, which will open for Caamp at two sold-out Express Live (outdoors) shows on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27 and 28.

Over the weekend, Taylor and his band visited "CBS This Morning" and performed three songs for the program's recurring Saturday Sessions segment. The tunes — "Sanctuary," "Hardly Town" and "Glory Strums (Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner)" — come from Hiss Golden Messenger's latest album, Quietly Blowing It, released earlier this year on Merge Records. 

All three songs could easily soundtrack a lazy, sun-dappled summer morning, just before the hazy heat kicks in and makes you wonder how a steaming cup of coffee ever sounded good. I'm particularly smitten with "Glory Strums," which has distinct Fleetwood Mac "Dreams" vibes, especially in this live performance that finds Hiss Golden Messenger supplanting the studio version's harmonica with a butter-smooth saxophone (courtesy Matt Douglas of The Mountain Goats) to accompany the organ and watery, phased-out guitar. Check it out below.