Thursday, April 3, 2014

John Hiatt news

John Hiatt will release his new album, Terms Of My Surrender, on July 15 via New West Records. It is musically rooted in acoustic blues and produced by Hiatt's longtime guitarist Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Jack Ingram).

Though Hiatt initially picked up an electric guitar on day one of recording, Lancio challenged him to play acoustic instead, which set the tone and mood for the whole process. Hiatt even plays harmonica on the album, which he hasn't done in several years.

They recorded most of the album off the floor as if in a live setting, which was fitting since the band in the studio was Hiatt's exceptional touring band (Lancio, Nathan Gehri, Kenneth Blevins, and Brandon Young). Hiatt and his band, The Combo, will appear at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival before a full summer tour (dates to be announced).

Hiatt's songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt ("Thing Called Love"), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (#1 country hit, "The Way We Make A Broken Heart"), the Jeff Healey Band ("Angel Eyes"), and even the cartoon bear band of Disney's film, "The Country Bears."

He earned a Grammy nomination for Crossing Muddy Waters, while B.B. King and Eric Clapton shared a Grammy for their album Riding With The King, the title track from which was a Hiatt composition. Hiatt has received his own star on Nashville's Walk of Fame, the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and was saluted at the Indiana Governor's Arts Awards.

The rock-country-blues fusion album Bring The Family - performed with Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner - was Hiatt's first charted effort, and he was subsequently named Best Male Vocalist in Rolling Stone's annual Critics Poll. In the last few years Hiatt has released Same Old Man, The Open Road, Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns and Mystic Pinball all to critical acclaim.

Tour dates

April 27 - New Orleans @ Jazz & Heritage Festival
June 29 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia +
Aug 1 - Mammoth Lakes, CA @ Bluesapalooza *
Aug 2 - Las Vegas, NV @ Vegas Bowl *
Aug 12 - Denver, CO @ Swallow Hill Music/Botanic Gardens *
Aug 13 - Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua Auditoriam *

Additional dates to be announced
+ with Robert Cray
* with Taj Mahal Trio

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