November 15th was a special night for the Music Savage gang. Two of our absolute favorites shared the bill at one of our absolute favorite stomping grounds in the Greater Boston area. North Carolina’s Hiss Golden Messenger and Nashville-based musician Molly Tuttle brought all the Newport Folk energy they collected this year (Molly playing sets at the festival and Hiss appearing at an official after-show) to the packed, NFF loving crowd at The Sinclair in Cambridge.
Hiss Golden Messenger has been amassing an adoring fanbase since the debut record, Country Hai East Cotton, was released in 2008. While no songs from that one made it into the setlist we were blessed with tons of our favorites from their expansive repertoire, including the incredible new album, Terms of Surrender. Frontman MC Taylor has such an open connection with his audiences and he 100% endured himself with the teachers in the room that night as he asked people to raise their hands if they were in the profession and praised all of them for their hard work before kicking into the wonderful single, “I Need a Teacher.” The band truly love what they do and love playing music together. The admiration they have for one another was seen and felt throughout the venue.
Berklee College of Music alum Molly Tuttle opened the evening in a blaze of guitar-picking fury and heart-felt folk songs that had everyone’s jaws on the floor for the entire set. The acclaimed musician began creating music as a child and began performing live with her father by the age of 11! The craftsmanship in her song-writing is outstanding and the six-string prowess on display is a site to behold. Highlighting songs from her incredible debut full-length album, When You’re Ready, the set was pure fire from start to finish.
Check out the fantastic images from the one and only Steve Benoit of Boston Concert Photography below and be sure to catch these fine musicians live when they grace the stage of your local venue. The artists links below will provide you with all the information you need on upcoming shows. I also highly suggest you pick up copies of their latest albums. You will not be disappointed!