Tuesday, November 5, 2013

John Hiatt retrospective due; on tour now

John Hiatt will release Here To Stay - Best of 2000-2012 on Nov. 11 on New West Records.

The 17-track collection is comprised of key singles and live show favorites such as "Crossing Muddy Waters," "Master Of Disaster," "What Love Can Do," "We're Alright Now" and the previously unreleased title track, "Here To Stay," featuring Joe Bonamassa on guitar.

Hiatt, who has been on tour since June in support of the critically acclaimed album, Mystic Pinball, reunited with longtime friend Lyle Lovett for the current "Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt" tour.

The New West years are represented here with tracks from each of his six releases, including the tracks "Master of Disaster," produced by iconic Southern producer Jim Dickinson and featuring his sons Luther and Cody Dickinson's band the North Mississippi All Stars, "What Love Can Do" with daughter Lilly Hiatt providing harmonies and "Blues Can't Even Find Me," from Mystic Pinball, produced by Kevin Shirley (Journey, Aerosmith, Black Crowes).   
Here to Stay concludes with the title song, a blues number featuring slide guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa, originally recorded for Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns. 

Why Hiatt chose to leave it off that record is unknown but it turned out to be a prescient move. The song and performance serve as a thematically and musically perfect coda to this captivating collection - a batch of songs and recordings as artful, affecting and poignant as any in the nearly four-decade career of this distinguished American roots musician.

Hiatt has long been a favorite songwriter amongst musicians and many of his songs have been covered or recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt ("Thing Called Love"), Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Milsap, Iggy Pop, the Neville Brothers, Rosanne Cash (the #1 country hit, "The Way We Make A Broken Heart"), the Jeff Healey Band ("Angel Eyes"), Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Linda Ronstadt, and even the cartoon bear band of Disney's 2002 film, "The Country Bears."

He earned a Grammy nomination for his album Crossing Muddy Waters, and shared a Grammy with B.B. King and Eric Clapton for their album Riding With The King, the title track from which was a Hiatt composition. Hiatt was honored with his own star on Nashville's Walk of Fame and his legacy was even further cemented with the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting and his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Track Listing

1. Crossing Muddy Waters (Crossing Muddy Waters, 2000)
2. Lift Up Every Stone (Crossing Muddy Waters, 2000)
3. My Old Friend (The Tiki Bar is Open, 2001)
4. Everybody Went Low (The Tiki Bar Is Open, 2001)
5. My Baby Blue (Beneath This Gruff Exterior, 2003)
6. Circle Back (Beneath This Gruff Exterior, 2003)
7. Love's Not Where We Thought We Left It (Master of Disaster, 2005)
8. Master of Disaster (Master of Disaster, 2005)
9. Love You Again (Same Old Man, 2008)
10. What Love Can Do (Same Old Man, 2008)
11. The Open Road (The Open Road, 2010)
12. What Kind Of Man (The Open Road, 2010)
13. Damn This Town (Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, 2011)
14. Adios To California (Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, 2011)
15. We're Alright Now (Mystic Pinball, 2012)
16. Blues Can't Even Find Me (Mystic Pinball, 2012)
17. Here To Stay - with Joe Bonamassa (Previously Unreleased)

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

November 6 - Prescott, AZ @ Yavapai College Performance Hall
November 7 - Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theatre
November 12 - Santa Barbara, CA @ UC Santa Barbara
November 13 - Hanford, CA @ Fox Theatre
November 14 - Chico, CA @ Laxson Auditorium
November 16 - Grass Valley, CA @ Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
November 18 - Rohnert Park, CA @ Green Music Center
November 19 - Medford, OR @ Craterian Theatre at the Collier Center
November 20 - Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre
November 22 - Edmonds, WA @ Edmonds Center For the Arts
November 23 - Tacoma, WA @ Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
November 24 - Bellingham, WA @ Mount Baker Theatre
February 7-14 - Miami, FL @ Cayamo Cruise*
 * Without Lyle Lovett

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