Hiss Golden Messenger & Aoife O’Donovan

Point of the Bluff Vineyard 10489 County Route 76, Hammondsport

Describing the Durham-based Hiss Golden Messengeris like trying to grasp a forgotten word: It’s always on the tip of your tongue, but hard to speak. Songwriter and bandleader M.C. Taylor’s music is at once familiar, yet impossible to categorize: Elements from the American songbook—the steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the eerie steel