John Hiatt

John Hiatt's Biography

The renowned singer/songwriter John Hiatt has a solo career that spans more than 30 years and includes more than 20 studio and live albums. Additionally, many artists have recognized Hiatt's keen wit and narrative flair in his songwriting. His tunes have been covered by stars such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Flaco Jimenez, and Ry Cooder, just to name a few.

A garage band veteran while growing up in Indiana, Hiatt found inspiration in the groundbreaking songs of Bob Dylan, another figure with an encyclopedic knowledge of and love for vintage American music, plus the ability to communicate sentiments and feelings many Americans either feared or pretended didn't exist. When he arrived in Nashville as an 18-year-old, it was clear to anyone who listened closely that he not only had a lot to say, but was presenting it in a manner that brilliantly blended passion and sophistication. Early covers of his work by the Neville Brothers, Ronnie Milsap, Bonnie Raitt and many others began alerting music lovers to his compositional flair.

Then Hiatt began gaining equal notoriety as a performer, particularly a stint where he served as America's answer to the angry Brits of the late '70s, plus some time working with Ry Cooder. The evidence of his evolution into a formidable artist also became more apparent in his live shows. Soon such seminal releases as Bring The Family in 1987, Slow Turning in 1988, Stolen Moments in 1990, and Walk On in 1995 were the signal that he had become a distinctive and dynamic star. Hiatt's greatness couldn't be denied, and he continues to reveal an artist capable of surprising, shocking and delighting his audience.

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