American singer/songwriter and New West recording artist John Hiatt is coming to Pantages in support of his 23rd studio album, The Eclipse Sessions. Tickets and details can be found HERE.
It’s hard to imagine that one of Hiatt’s first songwriting efforts appeared on the charts in 1974. Forty five years ago. Three Dog Night’s Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here. It can be argued that the song he gave Bonnie Raitt, That Thing Called Love, was a major launching point in her career. At the very least, it brought her the recognition she deserved.
His songs have been recorded by a Who’s Who of rock royalty including: Aaron Neville, BB King, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson and Joe Cocker just to name a few.
Along the way, he has experimented with any number of styles. From New Wave to Alt Country to blues to rock. He has performed solo and with a variety of bands. Perhaps his best known band was the Goners, featuring his frequent running mate and slide master Sonny Landreth. That band was responsible for Slow Turning, a 1988 release which brought him to national attention as a performer rather than just one of America’s greatest tunesmiths.
That period was followed by the Super Group Little Village which included Ry Cooder on guitar, Jim Keltner on drums and Nick Lowe on bass. Each of them had contributed as session players on Bring The Family. The chemistry was too good not to spend some time together.
One of the most admirable aspects of Hiatt’s career is the consistency of his work. Those two dozen albums range from very good to brilliant. As always, the focal point is his lyrical work. Hiatt is a master of the wry and the tongue in cheek. In the same breath he can infuse a huge portion of humanity and emotion into all his characters. At 66, he shows no signs of slowing down. It may well be that his best work remains in front of him.