Rock for Roe
Photo by Dan Schram
M.C. Taylor and Alice Gerrard
The Pinhook, Durham
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Hiss Golden Messenger leader Mike Taylor joined together with several friends to raise funds for the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) on Sunday night. The organization works to oppose restrictions on access to women's health services. Almost everyone who entered The Pinhook had to walk past a handful of pro-life protesters who wielded graphic, bloody imagery on placards; still, the turnout for the third-year benefit was considerable.
Loamlands kicked off the evening with a fierce, brief set. The group continues to toe the line between Americana and rock. Taylor and a handful of his regular collaborators followed. Folk icon and Durham resident Alice Gerrard joined Taylor to play a handful of songs from her Taylor-produced Follow the Music,
nominated for a Grammy in the folk category. Phil Cook debuted a new song off his upcoming album, Southland Mission,
followed by Jason Groth performing a Jason Molina-penned number, "Talk To Me Devil, Again." Taylor dipped into his own catalog with a jam-heavy version of "Southern Grammar," with ace saxophonist Matt Douglas leading the way. The group ended the evening with a sober version of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".
You can check out a few videos from the evening below—and if you missed the live show, you can still donate to NARAL Pro-Choice NC here
Alice Gerrard, "You Take Me for Granted"
Phil Cook, "Ain't it Sweet"
Jason Groth, "Talk to Me Devil, Again"
M.C. Taylor and Friends, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"