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M.C. Taylor

M.C. Taylor is a musician and folklorist. He lives in Durham, North Carolina. His most recent release—under the moniker Hiss Golden Messenger—is titled Poor Moon.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. My wife, Abby, and my son, Elijah, of course
  2. Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
  3. I Can’t Stand the Rain by Anne Peebles
  4. 16 Greatest Hits by Reno & Smiley
  5. James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series
  6. Charles Willeford’s Hoke Moseley series
  7. Ring of Bone by Lew Welch
  8. Anything by the Dead circa 1972; anything by Ronnie Lane ever
  9. Heirloom tomatoes (esp. Brandywine variety), fresh loaf of bread, beer, cheese
  10. “Make Cornbread Not War”