Songs We Love: Hiss Golden Messenger, 'Brother, Do You Know The Road?' Hiss Golden Messenger, 'Brother, Do You Know The Road?'Hiss Golden Messenger, 'Brother, Do You Know The Road?'
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Songs We Love: Hiss Golden Messenger, 'Brother, Do You Know The Road?'

Songs We Love: Hiss Golden Messenger, 'Brother, Do You Know The Road?'

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Hiss Golden Messenger released "Brother, Do You Know The Road?" as a single in May. Harlan Campbell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hiss Golden Messenger released "Brother, Do You Know The Road?" as a single in May.

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It doesn't splash whiskey around the way Hiss Golden Messenger's good-time single "Saturday's Song" does, but the country-soul smolder in "Brother, Do You Know the Road" rests in a deeper groove. Songwriter M.C. Taylor's best songs sound born of that Southern paradox where gleaming joy mingles with profound suffering — and he channels that here, too, with a church-style call-and-response that seems to deepen with each repetition. It's not as if you couldn't drink whiskey to this song; go ahead. But take it easy. This one is too contemplative for much more than a slow sip.