American singer-songwriter John Hiatt entered the heartland rock scene in the early 1970s when "Sure as I'm Sitting Here," a song he'd written for record label Tree International, was covered by Three Dog Night. He would go on to achieve more personal recognition with the title track from his 1987 album, Bring the Family. Though Hiatt is a prolific performer with 22 studio albums to his credit, his influence can be clearly seen in fellow artists like Bonnie Raitt and The Jeff Healey Band, who have had great success with Hiatt-penned cover tracks "Thing Called Love" and "Angel Eyes," respectively. His sound contains elements of folk rock and Americana, eschewing a traditional country-western vibe for a more authentic, soulful musical experience. Over a career spanning nearly five decades, Hiatt's many notable accolades include nine Grammy nominations and the 2000 Nashville Music Award for Songwriter/Artist of the Year.
Smashing a Perfectly Good Guitar
Born in Indianapolis in 1952, Hiatt turned to music at an early age in an effort to cope with a series of troubling childhood events. He began playing the guitar at age 11, performing in local clubs while he was still a teenager. At 18, he moved to Nashville, where he began his songwriting career for the Tree-Music Publishing Company. His first few albums were well-received critically, but he wouldn't chart a top 10 single until 1988 with the title track from Slow Turning, which was also the first of Hiatt's albums to reach the upper half of the Billboard 200. Notable live performances include a 2008 double act with Lyle Lovett at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada, and an appearance at Ravinia Park in Highland Park, Illinois, with his daughter, Lily, that same year. Hiatt's latest album, The Eclipse Sessions, was recorded in part during the solar eclipse in August 2017 and released in 2018.
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At what type of venue does John Hiatt usually play?
As a talented acoustic guitarist with a heartland-rock vibe, Hiatt favors small and intimate venues over larger arenas. When he does appear at a high-capacity stadium, it's typically as part of a double act or a festival.
What can I expect from a John Hiatt concert?
The majority of Hiatt's oeuvre can be recognized by the artist's versatile and mellifluous voice, which takes center stage during live performances. His skill on acoustic guitar is likewise well represented, especially at smaller venues. His down-home style encourages many attendees of John Hiatt concerts to step out and dance in the aisles whether to upbeat favorites such as "Perfectly Good Guitar" or evergreen ballads like "Have a Little Faith in Me."
How long does a John Hiatt concert usually last?
When Hiatt is touring solo (as opposed to with a large backing band), his sets will typically last from 90 to 100 minutes. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the stadium is, the longer you can expect the show to last.
What are the crowds usually like at a John Hiatt concert?
Hiatt's fan base has remained solidly in place since the 1990s, with many longtime devotees returning to his live shows again and again. You can expect most of the attendees will be singing along or will be tapping their feet to the familiar sounds.
Is John Hiatt touring in 2019?
Hiatt has a number of tour dates announced for the summer and fall of 2019. John Watt's schedule includes stops at Strings Music Pavilion in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine.Back to Top
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