On November 2nd, indie country-soul outfit Hiss Golden Messenger will release Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children, a four-LP box set that includes reissues of three previously released albums and a new rarities compilation. The North Carolina-based group is the main vehicle for the songs of introspective singer-songwriter MC Taylor, and with the inclusion of remastered takes on 2010’s Bad Debt, 2011’s Poor Moon and 2013’s Haw, the new set offers a look at how he’s evolved from a lonesome, lo-fi troubadour to the leader of a dynamic groove-based band.
On Wednesday, the group unveiled “Rock Holy,” a new single from the box set’s fourth component, a compiled group of rare songs called Virgo Fool. Throbbing with a funky backbeat and uplifted with gospel harmonies, the dusty tune rolls along with Taylor’s soul-searching lyrics before steadily cruising to a finish with a Stax-style horn jam.
Virgo Fool will only be available with the new release’s physical options, which include both CD and vinyl.
Hiss Golden Messenger will support Devotion with a string of tour dates in December, but before that the band will open for John Prine at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on October 5th.
Hiss Golden Messenger tour dates:
September 20 — Marfa, TX @ Trans-Pecos Festival
September 24 — Mill Valley, CA @ Sweetwater Music Hall
September 25 — Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
September 26 — Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone Berkeley
September 27 — Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
September 30 — Dana Point, CA @ Ohana Music and Arts Festival
October 5 — Nashville, TN @ The Ryman (Opening for John Prine)
November 16 — Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre
December 13 — Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
December 14 — Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
December 15 — Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
December 17 — Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
December 18 — Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 19 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
December 20 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
December 21 — Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater