Scott Hirsch is a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer whose bass work and production helped create the unique sound of Hiss Golden Messenger, a band with whom he toured heavily before moving back to his California home to set up a recording studio. This has allowed him to finally let his own voice out on last year’s debut album Blue Rider Songs. An expansive but intimate record, reminiscent of JJ Cale and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Pitchfork called it “a cool, soulful thing filled with deep reverence for the road, if some cynicism about the myths it’s spun”, adding “Hirsch debunks the idea that redemption is ever a cakewalk, and finds something more truthful and lasting in the pursuit of accepting responsibility”.