Merge Records + Bitter Southerner Giveaway!

The Bitter Southerner and Merge Records are giving away a Hiss Golden Messenger prize pack that includes the new album Hallelujah Anyhow on LP (with download card) and CD, plus a 1.5" enamel HGM pin. To enter the contest, and to sign up for news from Merge Records, please email, with “Bitter Southerner / Hiss Golden Messenger giveaway” in the subject line.

Hallelujah Anyhow is the latest studio album from North Carolina's Hiss Golden Messenger. Its ten new songs, penned by HGM principal M.C. Taylor, were recorded with Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Chris Boerner, Josh Kaufman, Darren Jessee, Michael Lewis, and Scott Hirsch. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Tift Merritt, Skylar Gudasz, Tamisha Waden, Mac McCaughan, and John Paul White provided vocal harmonies.

“This music is for hope. That’s the only thing I want to say about it. Love is the only way out. I’ve never been afraid of the darkness; it’s just a different kind of light. And if some days that belief comes harder than others, hallelujah anyhow.” —M.C. Taylor, 2017